A Year with...
BLESS N°72 BLESSlet
January 22 – December 22

 
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<i>BLESS N°72 BLESSlet</i>, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
BLESS N°72 BLESSlet, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
<i>BLESS N°72 BLESSlet</i>, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
BLESS N°72 BLESSlet, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
<i>BLESS N°72 BLESSlet</i>, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
BLESS N°72 BLESSlet, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
<i>BLESS N°72 Saunarider</i> in collaboration with Sam Chermayeff Office, 2022. 
Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
BLESS N°72 Saunarider in collaboration with Sam Chermayeff Office, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
<i>BLESS N°72 Saunarider</i> in collaboration with Sam Chermayeff Office, 2022. 
Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling
BLESS N°72 Saunarider in collaboration with Sam Chermayeff Office, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling

 

Since 2017, KW Institute for Contemporary Art has been hosting the residency format A Year with…, a program that generates an in-depth engagement with an artistic practice through a variety of inward and outward facing formats over the course of one year. In 2022, the duo BLESS will take over the program. Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss have been working together on numerous transdisciplinary projects since 1997. As self-proclaimed situation designers, their products blend fashion and art, design and architecture, business and social practice, with the aim of creating an equilibrium between mental and physical exercise. Motivated to make pieces fit for everyday use, BLESS understand their practice and products as a way of life—based on the firm belief that one can shape life today in a way that creates a future worth living in.

 

In 2022, BLESS will celebrate her 25th anniversary, which KW will take as an opportunity to put the focus on Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag’s visionary products and endeavors. A Year with BLESS will renegotiate many of the key issues that lie at the heart of her collaboration, creating an innovative format that seeks to connect life, work, leisure, and exercise. The duo will rethink existing processes and workflows and test them out artistically in different public areas.The one-year collaboration will unfold across three key projects: the BLESS N°72 BLESSlet at KW; interventions in the form of public events at KW and in the Ernst-Reuter-Siedlung, where the duo has her Berlin-based studio, for example with the BLESS N°72 Saunarider, in collaboration with Sam Chermayeff Office; and the release of the third book of her own publication series, BLESS III.

 

Curator: Anna Gritz

Assistant curator: Léon Kruijswijk

 

Digital Exhibition Leaflet

 

 

In the course of the recent developments the BLESSlet is currently made available to the organization Artists at Risk.

 

Opening hours 

Fridays 2 pm–5 pm 

Please register: reservation@kw-berlin.de 

Free entry 

 
 
 

 

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<p>This project was produced in collaboration with <em>Phileas</em>.</p>

 

 

This project was produced in collaboration with Phileas.

 

<p>With generous support by Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.</p>

 

With generous support by Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.

 

<p>The exhibition is generously supported by Kvadrat.</p>

 

The exhibition is generously supported by Kvadrat.