dOCUMENTA, the renowned international contemporary and modern art event held every five years in the German city of Kassel, is sometimes called the “museum of 100 days”. Many works are site-specific, and presented and received with heavy theoretical speculation. dOCUMENTA has also become very popular, attracting about 750,000 visitors in 2007.
BC’s Brian Jungen, having received an invitation to participate in the thirteenth dOCUMENTA, has placed his intricate creation in the Karlsaue Park, a 1.5 sq. km. area designed in 1785 as a riverbank landscape garden. Jungen’s work is called Dog Run, 2012; it is a large fenced-in area where dogs entertain observers as the canines tackle an intricate obstacle course with their humans. The facility contains sculptures that function both as tunnels and platforms for pets, as well as benches for their owners. A critic observed “Even their [the dog’s] space of freedom has been transformed into a stage.”
Every week, a local dog school offers training sessions for dogs and gives short workshops for visitors on how the equipment in the dog park can be used. The training sessions for humans (only welcome if accompanied by a dog) are available until August 30 2012.