Dachshund U.N. is both a large scale architectural installation and a performance work that examines the role of the United Nations as a risk management organisation. A scale replica of a former U.N. office in Geneva, Switzerland, will be constructed by Miller outside Ikon and on Saturday 31 March this structure will play host to a meeting of the U.N.’s Commission on Human Rights, at which the world’s politicians are live dachshunds, or ‘sausage dogs’. Dachshund U.N. is both a joyful and chaotic experiment, and a meditation on the utopian aspirations of the Commission on Human Rights, and our capacity as humans to imagine and achieve a universal system of justice.
Bennett Miller (AU)
The dachshunds have been sourced from owners across the West Midlands, who have personally engaged with Bennett during his residency in Birmingham. Their contribution is the fruit of an intensely convivial aspect of the work necessary for its realisation.
Bennett Miller is a sculptor and installation artist from Perth, Western Australia. Miller has created large-scale installation works for numerous group exhibitions and festivals within Australia. During this time Miller has also held solo exhibitions atIASKA (2006), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (2007) and Chalk Horse (2009). Bennett spent five years obsessed with mini golf for his Golf War series of 2003-2007, which retold the story of a war in Iraq across nine different courses.
Presented in association with IKON gallery and Brindleyplace. Supported by Department of Culture and the Arts – Western Australia and Australia Council for the Arts (Australian Government). Dachshund UN was originally commissioned and developed for the 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia. This project forms part of a three-year partnership between Fierce and Next Wave, supported by British Council Australia.