La Datcha is a project space and Schrebergarten located in Volkspark Rehberge (Wedding) coordinated by Canadian artist Jessica Groome. Since 2018, the garden offers a place to establish roots and to cross-pollinate beyond the conventions of a typical gallery setting. Operating on the fringes of the city, La Datcha has relied on word of mouth and close connections to persist. Despite a lengthy dormancy due to the pandemic, the garden has continued to grow, quietly within itself, experiencing a restorative night’s sleep.
What darkness grows a garden? What dreams are held by the unknown?
This summer, La Datcha’s programming grapples with the difficult proposition of hope and celebration amidst times of uncertainty. For the 2022 Project Space Festival, La Datcha will present The Future is Dark...I Think, a collaborative exhibition featuring Maggie Groat, Ella Dawn McGough and Jessica Groome. Stemming from years of virtual conversation coinciding with each solstice and equinox, their work scores time to the beat of Earth’s seasonal metronome: across time zones, space, interruption, postponement, and global crises.
Notes on Accessibility and Infection Control :
Seating : Limited chairs (approximately 10). Sitting on the grass / ground is also possible
Age groups : Suited for all ages.
Languages : Texts and introductions in English and German
Other languages : Exhibition & Performance there is no language knowledge required.
Wheelchair users | Strollers : Wheelchair access will be limited to the cement pathway in front of the house, and unfortunately the bathroom is too small to accommodate a wheelchair. Strollers can access most of the premises.
Hearing impaired people : Will be able to enjoy the text, visual and olfactory content of the exhibition. The musical performance will be amplified.
Deaf people : Will be able to enjoy the text and olfactory and visual content of the exhibition.
Neurodiversity : The event will be outdoors with visual, olfactory and audio components. There are multiple layers of sensory content to engage in all times. These layers can be accessed and appreciated with varying approaches to attention, duration and memory.
Blind people : Can experience the musical performance. There will also be smell incorporated into the artwork, such as fruit, beeswax and beer. The atmosphere of the garden: grass, flowers, trees etc. provides a sensory experience which is fundamental to the exhibition and can be enjoyed without sight.
Disinfectants are available. There is no mask obligation.
The event will be outdoors which reduces the risk of COVID infection.