Artist Duo

Barking Dogs United is an Artist Duo founded by Nikos Arvanitis and Naomi Tereza Salmon in 2005.

Barking dogs don’t bite. Like with the proverbial dogs, it’s not the individual dog’s fault that he can’t bite when he’s barking, but the fault of the species, his development. It is art that can only symbolically bark and not politically bite.

Barking Dogs United do not embrace mass culture in order to modernize high culture, and do not embrace high culture in order to separate themselves from mass culture, but rather create solidarity with useless hedonistic individual components that promise neither product value nor increased prominence. Barking Dogs United bark, since in art, there is no reason to bite.

Projects / Exhibitions

- "BDU: Property Offer",public art project part of "Heaven:Live", curated by D. Papaioannou & Z. Xagoraris, 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN, Athens, Greece.
- "Human Dollz: Crash! Boom! Bau!", Scenography Festival, Bauhaus Lab, Theaterhaus Jena, Germany.

- "Barking Dogs United: What You Want Is What We Want", solo show, Schalter gallery Berlin, Germany.
- "Barking Dogs United: SIZE MATTERZ ", solo show, ACC Gallery Weimar, Germany, supported by Kunstfonds foundation, Germany.

- "BDU: Bis auf weiteres..." Public Intervention, K&K Kiosk, Weimar, Germany.

- "BDU Feat. Roger Behrens: On A Spaceship With No Fuel And No Future", Radio feature, 1h45min, Produced for the Art Wave Radio official web radio of the 1st Athens Biennial, Greece.
- "iForgive / iForget", intervention in public space, Leuven, Belgium.
- "Carwash", intervention in public space, Weimar, Germany.

- "The Wild Bunch" Radio show, Radio Lotte, Weimar, Germany

Publications/ Releases

- "577,4 The Distance Between", exhibition catalogue, Stadsbestuur Leuven, Belgium, 2006.

- "Weimar Day to Day", projects catalogue, Fakultšt Gestaltung, MFA "Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Bauhaus Universitšt Weimar, 2006.
- "iForgive/iForget" collectors box. Handmade, numbered and signed limited edition of 25.
- "The Wild Bunch live at Radio Lotte", Audio DVD, 2006.
- "BDU Feat. Roger Behrens: On A Spaceship With No Fuel And No Future", Audio CD, 1h45min, 2007.
- "Human Dollz: Crash! Boom! Bau!", Audio CD, Bauhaus Lab, Theaterhaus Jena, Germany, 2009.
- "2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN", exhibition catalogue, Athens, Greece

Nikos Arvanitis, born 1979 in Athens/ GR, studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna/ A, at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens/ GR (Erasmus scholarship) and at the MFA course "Public Art and new artistic Strategies" at the Bauhaus University of Weimar/ DE with scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the A. S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. He won the first prize on the "ZeitGenosse Schiller" Competition fot public art, Weimar 2005, and was nominated for the „5th DESTE Prize“ of the Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, 2007. His Artistic work consists of big format drawings, Videos, and installations, combined with Sound/Music as well as public interventions. His Work has been exhibited in Austria, Greece, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, USA and Belgium. Since 2005 he is a member of the artist Duo "Barking Dogs United".

Naomi Tereza Salmon, born 1965 in Jerusalem, Israel, studied Photography at Hadassa College, Jerusalem, Israel, and the Master-of-Fine-Art-Program „Public Art and New Artistic Strategies“ of the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. She is winner of the Sharet Foundation scholarship for 1990. In 2000 she received an art- working grant from the state of Thuringia. Her works combine photography, video, sound installations and objects, as well as interactive Internet interventions. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and competitions in Europe, Israel, USA, and Japan. Works as assistant Professor at the Bauhaus University Weimar, as an independent curator and as a member of the advisory board of the non-commercial local radio station ‚Radio Lotte' in Weimar. Since 2005 she is a member of the artist Duo "Barking Dogs United".