Donaustraße 84
12043 Berlin

by appointment

free admission

›Unambitious Stripper‹ workshop by Isabel Lewis. Photo: Benjamin Busch. Courtesy The Institute for Endotic Research.Intervention by Sofia Lomba. Photo: Benjamin Busch. Courtesy The Institute for Endotic Research.


In June 2018, the project initiative TIER established a dedicated venue at Donaustr. 84 in Berlin-Neukölln as a direct continuation of the project. Since then, TIER is co-directed together with architect/artist Benjamin Busch, and is supported by the Berlin Senate with funds from the Arbeitsraumprogramm. The space serves as a host for a public program (ongoing since 2015) in its many different forms, continually adapted and retooled for new uses. The institute serves as a basis for experimenting with forms of instituting, mediated through encounters between people, materials and devices.

We are dedicated to research (theoretical and practical) about forms of generation and presentation of subject matter related to the endotic, an antonym for exotic. French writer George Perec used the endotic as a conceptual device to approach everyday life in one’s own immediate surroundings. With this idea, he proposed to preserve the fascination that comes with the act of exploring while also avoiding to produce the figure of the other. In the public sphere, we conduct a space based on notions directly related to the domestic, which are usually confined to the private sphere and reproductive labour. The space foregrounds this relationship to the domestic by combining a public program with a habitable space for hosting transdisciplinary projects. Our emphasis on cooperative use of the space reflects its status as an always already populated place by the work of the guests.

In the composition of our public program, we work with three formats: encounters, workshops and interventions. Challenging the idea of the exhibition, our approach is to understand the space as a text that is constantly written and rewritten, edited and reconfigured. Encounters are informal gatherings envisioned as extended studio visits, while workshops offer participants new skills, and interventions invite artists to intervene permanently the space. Every intervention responds to the status quo of the space and transforms it. We invite artists, architects, and other practitioners to create specific interventions in the space to produce atmospheres and artworks as functional infrastructure, while we also produce our own architectural devices to give texture to the space. Both serve as an open structure for the recombination of relations among people and objects. We ask the invited artists and practicians to respond to this context when applying their technique as part of a collectively unraveling text.