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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.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: A Year with BLESS
BLESS N°72 BLESSlet, 2022. Installation view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022; Photo: Frank Sperling

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; the Adretta-Reuter-intervention in the Ernst-Reuter-Siedlung, where the duo has her Berlin-based studio, and the release of the third book of her own publication series, BLESS III.

Curator: Anna Gritz

Assistant curator: Léon Kruijswijk


To visit BLESS N°72 BLESSlet from 24 January onwards,contact in advance via e-mail 

This project was produced in collaboration with Phileas.

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

The exhibition is generously supported by Kvadrat.
Additional information
Price info: berlinpass–holder: 4 € Free admission to visitors up to and including 18, holders of the KW Lover* card, members of the KW Freunde e. V.

Price: €8.00

Reduced price: €6.00