Takt Kunstprojektraum is an autonomous initiative started by artists in 2003. It runs without any external funding.
Since 2009 the residency has become the central element of the project.
10 rooms are set up as an Artist Residency program, designed to host active artists visiting Berlin. The work rooms are the core elements of this effort.
The main goal of the residency program is to provide artists visiting Berlin quick access to an environment that will foster their creative energies. Participating artists are invited and expected to explore their creative paths. These residencies are offered as an opportunity, but it is up to the artist to make full use of it. We do our best to assist and support, but each artist is responsible for their own activities.
The takt residency has a strong element of community, and may be different from other residency programs you are familiar with. It merges a community environment with creative artistic exploration. The studios are all on the same floor, on either side of an L-shaped hallway. There are two kitchens and two bathrooms, which are shared by all those in the space.
The people attending the residency comprise a community of international artists, meeting in the space for a limited period. Each has their own studio to work in, but share the use and maintenance of the common areas. We organize meetings, at which the artists can present their work and exchange ideas. Part of the program is one open studio day each month. The goals are to create a platform for dynamic exchange, to allow the possibility for spontaneous collaborations, and to build up networks among artists.
The program exists without any external funding. The fees paid by the artists are used to keep the project running.
The residency is on the first floor (one floor up from street level) of a historic building in the former eastern portion of Berlin. The space was empty for several years before we signed a lease in August 2007. The residency program replaces the former bureaucratic functions of the space with the dynamics of creativity and international exchange.
A bar/beer garden is located below the residency. This is a great place to meet and talk, as it is so conveniently located.
The rooms are located in the East-Berlin neighborhood of Friedrichshain. The address is Grünberger Str. 1. The neighborhood offers many café's, restaurants, bars and shops. There is easy access to public transportation, and one can quickly get to other parts of the city. There are many artists living in the neighborhood and most people speak English as well as German.