What We Want Is What
Solo Exhibition, 15.05.08 - 28.06.08, Schalter, Berlin, Germany.
For what we want is what you want, Barking Dogs United have replaced thefloor of Schalter with one made up entirely of skateboards. All the boards remain functional, complete with grip tape, trucks, and wheels,creating an unstable and ever-shifting ground to stand on. Quite literally, the boards give and roll slightly with viewers as they movethrough the space, inviting a physical sense of insecurity to enter the work.
Barking Dogs United's work is often trained on questions about art's role andfunction in contemporary culture. Do we view the artist as a social activist dedicated to articulating society's ills, or an entertainer?What relationship does the artist have to the art market, galleries and audience? Who can or should we answer to, and to what end? Salmon andArvanitis locate their work in the shuffle between order and chaos, self-promotion and humility, individual prerogative and globalresponsibility. And, as the exhibition title suggests, the work invites us to have it both ways, without offering an explicit answer orquestion.