Kunstraum und Ateliers e.V. | Dresden
The geh8 Kunstraum and Ateliers e.V. is a non-profit association in Dresden that promotes contemporary art. Founded in 2007 as a studio community of artists, architects, designers, and city planners in a former car repair shop of Deutsche Bahn, geh8 has developed into an significant production and presentation venue for contemporary art.
Art is produced, presented, and conveyed in eleven studios and a three-hundred square meter exhibition hall. Artists who have their studio on site develop and supervise a variety of exhibitions and projects. The audience can engage with an artist and open the door of a work studio directly from the exhibition space – and vice versa, the artist may engage with the audience in the exhibition space.
The resulting exchange enables the public, as well as the artists, forms of confrontation that can rarely be realized in institutional exhibition spaces. Through regular cooperation with external curators, we open ourselves to new perspectives and new creative approaches.
The focus of our work is the artistic examination of social developments. We use artistic means to illustrate their effects on cities, rural regions, societal structures, and individuals. We are also interested in experimenting with artistic and cultural practices with regard to their suitability for public participation, and for cultural-led urban development.
Our aim is to network visual artists with musicians, dancers, writers, philosophers, scientists, and performing artists. The exhibitions are accompanied by workshops, lectures, or discussions as well as other discursive event formats.
In our exhibition hall there are improvisational concerts, as well as compositional and performance oriented musical approaches.
The geh8 network deals with questions that correspond to the current contemporary discourse of art on a supra-regional level. Numerous international contacts, networks, cooperations with artists, and institutions is maintained in the United States, Japan, and Europe. Since 2008, we have been supporting international scholarship holders in various programs in guest studios and actively involving them in the local art scene.
In our own Artist in Residence program, in cooperation with the Zentralwerk Dresden, we invite artists, curators, and scientists to become part of our community for a period of three months. To use, supplement, and extend the existing network. In collaboration with initiatives, institutions, and individuals guests can develop, realize, and present projects to the public.
The geh8 Art Space and Ateliers e. V. has evolved in its decade of its existence from an initiative of artists, to an established institution for contemporary art. Thanks to the support of the city of Dresden, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, and the Federal Cultural Foundation we are continuously trying to expand our range of activities without losing the unique character of geh8 as an experimental space. The association has been institutionally funded since 2014 by the Office for Culture and Heritage of the City of Dresden. In 2017, the work of the association was awarded a three-year concept grant by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.