+DEDE is a project space which started in June 2018 in Wedding, Berlin, in an empty property as interim users, having to move since three times around the city based on the temporary spaces it occupies. We aim to give space and support the work of a wide range of artists through group and solo shows, bridging practices, formats and borders, by creating through our consistent effort a flexible platform for exhibitions curated by us or by guest curators, as well as developing a lasting relationship with the artists and curators we work with. Having to move from our first temporary space we found a new ground in 2019 in our studio house in Treptow, where we occupied a basement and later an old barn. This building has since been demolished to give space to the so-called needs of the city of Berlin. Sadly the construction has been on hold for nearly two years. We then found a new temporary roof under the Treptow-Ateliers e.V., which we are active members of. Since we arenʼt a commercial gallery, nor do we aim to be, and donʼt get funding, we have been putting our time and energy into this project out of our conviction that it is important to feed the city with alternatives to the unpayable real estate developments for most artists and curators. For the future we would like to have a sustainable space, but taking into account the difficulties of financing it and not having enough time to do so, we have committed to keep on working on the fringes of temporary spaces and to keep growing as curators and humans.
+DEDE ist run by curator and writer Christina Ramos, independent cultural worker Tristan Deschamps and multi-disciplinary artist Flavio Degen.
IMAGES MOVING INSIDE A SURFACE
An artwork, the image of an artwork, the work.
Someone says “you gotta document (photograph) it, otherwise it is as if it wouldn’t have happened”.
We are here in a place where a model is used to demonstrate the qualities of an object. A prototype, a representation that is meant to trigger your curiosity. But what happens when the model takes over its reference?
Our jobs bloom from the dissemination of images – “this is sexy. Looking forward to seeing it IRL”. IRL gets suspended, IRL has nothing left to demonstrate ‘cause you already saw it. Or you
Commercial galleries shoot arrows in the form of promoted media surpassing “the touch of the real”. Online sales flow on chat rooms like brown water comes down your local river. Could the denial of interaction look back in anger?
The friends of our friends are our audience. We send you a smell letter in the hope that you will exchange it with someone else and so on and so forth. So that our network smells like citric lavender on IG. How are we creating our digital presence?
Not caring about google my business for sure. In fact we say: google my business! With a finger up, as if insulting.
In order to create our own version of a metaverse, this event is organized at the Modellpark Berlin-Branderburg, a miniature version of Berlin located outside of the ringbanh – as +DEDE current physical space is. You will find models of real and iconic spaces, as high as the veins in your legs. They are real, but only on a surface level. They lack memory, frictionless they are a pure element of observation.
Even though the artists and their works will interact with them. We will interact with them through our movement and surely, through the lens of our smartphones.
Notes on Accessibility and Infection Control :
Seating : Chairs and benches
Age groups : Suitable for all ages
Languages : English, German, Spanish, French
Wheelchair users | Strollers : The venue is barrier-free.
Disinfectant is available. Masks are not required.