A Dog Republic was initiated in 2011 by artists Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Nico Dockx and Helena Sidiropoulos, architect Yona Friedman and musician Krist Torfs. After many conversations in Paris and Antwerp on the constitution of their republic, they convened to have various manifestations in Ludlow38 in New York (2012), De Vleeshal in Middelburg (2012), Esther Donatz Gallery in Munich (2013), Mu.ZEE in Ostend (2013), 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (2013) and Galerie mfc-michèle didier in Paris (2014) to bring peace, rather than political violence. Along with graphical designer Thomas Mayfried they are also working on a series of artist books.
A DOG REPUBLIC, Musée Promenade, 2015
At the invitation of Beaufort Beyond Borders, ‘A Dog Republic’ is developing a major project entitled ‘Musée Promenade’. ‘Musée Promenade’ is the title of the project along the 67 kilometres of coastline, enchanting in many ways. This ‘museum’ takes shape while walking, and over time and depending on location assumes various forms. This will include drawings in the sand, in shop windows and in Plexiglas boxes, as well as flags, posters and texts in the streets, films, architectural installations, pavilions, ... Visitors, hikers and passers-by will hereby be given the space to take on an active role. ‘Musée Promenade’ will be a genuine spectacle in the streets, shops, buildings, beaches, ports, and promenades of the 10 coastal municipalities. Most striking will be the various architectural prototypes, based on Yona Friedman’s ideas on ‘mobile architecture’ and ‘self planning’.