ACHACU ACHACU is an architectural structure in Altes Postfuhramt West. Through a series of events it is holding a variety of institutional and spatial identities.

ACHACU is a staged art institution based on the architectural installation "A chair has a concrete use" in the old garage of Altes Postfuhramt West. From 1 May 2015 - April 29 2016 the installation has functioned as a platform for collecting of material, research and history of structural and architectural issues in the art market, through exhibitions and short time residencies by artist, architects, choreographers and musicians. DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER is a series of events hosted by ACHACU in May and June 2016. Based on the one year of collecting of material the events expose and re-phrase the theory, history and contextual identities, viewed through the artists in residence. Berlin Gallery Weekend 2016 marked the opening of the project ACHACU - Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER - ACHACU


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1. DID: "Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD),[1] is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by the appearance of at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior."

2.THE ARCHITECT: The summer and fall of 2016, in Berlin Schöneberg: Altes Postfuhramt West, the old post building and functionalist landmark of Schöneberg, is being transformed into apartments and concept stores by Graft Architects. Graft architects drew Brad Pitts house in LA.

3. RE-INTERPRET THE SPACE AS SITUATION: The spring of 2015: The architectural sculpture ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is developed for the exhibition Concrete Utopias in the Altes Post. The installation is developed from a system of rules stemming from the functionalist nature of the building: A windowsill, a rounded wall, a concrete grid, a column, are turned into a formula that creates an architectural script of altered domestic and public architectural programs. The installation functions as the back room of the exhibition. The installation is activated as a living installation of the behind-the-scenes economy of the art market: as studio, film set, a place for art selling and dinner parties, and as a bedroom for artists in need of a place to stay in Berlin. The project is called ‘The Green Room´.

4. SHOW BUSINESS: ´In show business, the green room is the space in a theatre, or similar venue which functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged on stage. The origin of the term is often ascribed to such rooms historically being painted green.[1][2] The modern "green room" is usually not green at all.´

5. SYSTEMS OF ANOTHER ORDER: September 2015: During the busiest week for art selling and dealing in Berlin ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is exposed as the entrance room of the group exhibition ´Systems of another order´ in Altes Post. The exhibition uses functionalism-modernism as backdrop to distract the visitor from the absent curatorial concept. ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is used by the curators as a tool to push the price of a large-scale modernist painting installed inside the sculpture.

6. SHOW TIME: April 2016: "Berlin Gallery Weekend has managed to establish itself as a magnet for international collectors. Up to 20,000 visitors from all over the world come to Berlin to experience the capital's creative scene. The Gallery Weekend especially attracts art collectors from Russia, China and the U.S."

7. POP-UP SHOP: "Pop-up retail, also known as pop-up store, or flashing retailing[1], is a trend of opening short term sales spaces in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. A "pop-up shop" is "here today, gone tomorrow". Pop-up retail is the temporary use of physical space to create a long term, lasting impression with potential customers."

8. MULTIPLE IDENTITY DISORDER: The term multiple identity disorder (MPD), now known as Dissociative identity disorder (DID), is also borrowed as metaphor for interchanging identities of architectural designs. The space, based on what it is perceived as, changes the status of the visitor. For example in a pop-up shop, the visitor will engage in the space as if it has a sense of belonging, even if it is unfamiliar with its spatial dentity. The term is also used in the cases of when a space is treated as a mere mention to itself, as a flattened billboard, rather than a full-fleshed environment. It also is used to bring emphasis on the arbitrariness implied in treating something as novelty.

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During Berlin Gallery Week 2016 the installation was transformed into two spatial chapters each of the exhibiting days:
Saturday April 30th as a durational performance of the artist living in the installation, at the same time hosting as a pop-up store. On Sunday May 1st as a sculpture in the empty building, exposing the system that made it. The night was concluded by a performance by Pan Daijing. The project was initiated through 3 different facebook events, addressing it as a designer pop-up store in an art installation, as a durational performance of the artist living inside the installation, and as the setting of a site specific performance.

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DID - ACHACU is an art project run by Goro Tronsmo. The architectural installation "A chair has a concrete use" is developed in dialogue with artist/architectural designer Laida Aguirre, based on a collaborative research. Curatorial and production assistant: Stefan Dreher.
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Goro Tronsmo is an artist working between architecture, visual art and performance art. Her work is concerned with extracting and staging institutional structures through large scale context specific living installations. Her architectural work changes and highlights contextual identities through light, manipulated entrance points, and levels built in correspondence with the architecture of the building. It deals with architectural program and its correlation to movement. Her performative work is concerned around creating complete illusion of situations through media strategy, graphic design and hidden staged situations. Laida Aguirre is an artist/architectural designer based in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of architectural research and printed media dealing with construction elements and raw materials as symbols of tectonic language of site. Stefan Dreher has background in music, interior design, hosting and production management, and works with analysis of social structures initiated through interior, audience choreography and relation between the audience and the performed act. Participating artists: GFS, Ina Hagen, Daisuke Kosugi, Neda Sanai, Allistair Watts, Sophia Baader, Kandis Williams, Tilda Lovell, Pontus Lindvall, Johanna Karlsson, Anne Kathrine Bindesbøll, Zoë Claire Miller, James Greenway, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, Magnus Bjerk, Mika Risiko, Camilla Vatne Barrat- Due, Stefan Dreher, Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne, Sigrid Vettelsaa Vesaas, Kine Lillestrøm, Sille Storihle, Bendik Giske, Shiaz Legz, Tanja Novikova, Daniella Gallegos (Aerea Negrot), Pan Daijing and Camille Lacadee. Carpenters: Marco Buhlman, Max, Ronnie
Light installation in collaboration with Matthew Antezzo
Assistant architectural choreography: Jorge Gonçalves
Produced by Goro Tronsmo


This work would not have been possible without the generous support and trust of the builders team, the organizers of Realismus Club and Trockland/BRICKS Schöneberg. ACHACU - DID is supported by Arts Council Norway.

Wie gewohnt öffnen

16/09/2016

COUNTDOWN: LAST CHAPTERS OF ACHACU

3 WEEKS UNTIL DECONSTRUCTION.
7 MORE ARCHITECTURAL IDENTITIES TO COME.
OPEN TODAY 4-9,TOMORROW AND SUNDAY 12AM-5PM,
19 SEPT-6 OCTOBER BY APPOINTMENTS OR DID_ EVENTS.
FIRST: HERE´S A READ_UP: HISTORY:

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1. DID: "Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), [1] is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by the appearance of at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior."

2.THE ARCHITECT: The late fall and winter of 2016-2017, in Berlin Schöneberg: Altes Postfuhramt West, the old post building and functionalist landmark of Schöneberg, is being transformed into apartments and concept stores by Graft Architects. Graft architects drew Brad Pitts house in LA.

3. RE-INTERPRET THE SPACE AS SITUATION: The spring of 2015: The architectural sculpture ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is developed for the exhibition Concrete Utopias in the Altes Post. The installation is developed from a system of rules stemming from the functionalist nature of the post building: A rounded wall, a concrete grid, a column, a windowsill, are turned into a formula that creates an architectural script of altered domestic and public architectural programs. The installation functions as the back room of the exhibition. The installation is activated as a living installation of the behind-the-scenes economy of the art market: as studio, film set, a place for art selling and dinner parties, and as a bedroom for artists in need of a place to stay in Berlin. The project is called ‘The Green Room´.

4. SHOW BUSINESS: "In show business, the green room is the space in a theatre, or similar venue which functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged on stage. The origin of the term is often ascribed to such rooms historically being painted green. [1][2] The modern "green room" is usually not green at all."

5. SYSTEMS OF ANOTHER ORDER: September 2015: During the busiest week for art selling and dealing in Berlin ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is exposed as the entrance room of the group exhibition ´Systems of another order´ in Altes Post. The exhibition uses functionalism-modernism as backdrop to distract the visitor from the absent curatorial concept. ‘A chair has a concrete use’ is used by the curators as a tool to push the price of a large-scale modernist painting installed inside the sculpture.
6. SHOW TIME: April 2016: "Berlin Gallery Weekend has managed to establish itself as a magnet for international collectors. Up to 20,000 visitors from all over the world come to Berlin to experience the capital's creative scene. The Gallery Weekend especially attracts art collectors from Russia, China and the U.S."

7. POP-UP SHOP: "Pop-up retail, also known as pop-up store, or flashing retailing[1], is a trend of opening short term sales spaces in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. A "pop-up shop" is "here today, gone tomorrow". Pop-up retail is the temporary use of physical space to create a long term, lasting impression with potential customers." During Berlin Gallery Week in April 2016 the installation staged a pop-up designer store.

8. STAGED INSTITUTIONS: April - October 2015: ACHACU, the acronym of ‘A chair has a concrete use’ poses as a variety of institutional identities through the project Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). During short-term residencies artists, writers, curators, choreographers and architects are asked to interpret the space as situation.

9. FINISSAGE: For the final days of Berlin Art Week 2016 ACHACU has invited a gallery owner to pose as the institutional owner of ACHACU. By wearing attention seeking designer dresses to every opening Gallery Maria Veie uses conversations around fashion to draw attention to talking about the artwork.

10. REDEVELOPMENT: On October 6th the installation will be demolished to give space for apartments and concept stores.

11. MULTIPLE IDENTITY DISORDER: The term multiple identity disorder, an alteration of multiple personality disorder (MPD), now known as Dissociative identity disorder (DID), is also borrowed as metaphor for interchanging identities of architectural designs. The space, based on what it is perceived as, changes the status of the visitor. The term is also used to bring emphasis on the arbitrariness implied in treating something as novelty.

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Sep 16 - Oct 6th ‘ACHACU will be open to audience as a last remnant and testimony of artistic interventions to the ongoing gentrification of the Postfuhramt West building complex. The installation can be viewed by appointment, and through the last events in Dissociative Identity Disorder.

As part of Berlin Art Week Gallery Maria Veie has curated ‘Abgesang des Posthauses’ as a celebration of the still deserted and empty building. In two durational performance and live electronic acts Norwegian vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices and sound designer Asle Karstad will interact with the architectural structure, allowing audience to come and go as they like, and experience the piece through their own movements in the space. The performance can be observed in nighttime on Saturday and daytime on Sunday- incorporating the play between light and structure.

IDENTITY 2 - The installation as exhibition
14/05/2016

IDENTITY 2 - The installation as exhibition

IDENTITY 2 - The installation as exhibition

IDENTITY 3: THE DOMESTIC GARAGE
14/05/2016

IDENTITY 3: THE DOMESTIC GARAGE

IDENTITY 3: THE DOMESTIC GARAGE

IDENTITY 2: THE DOMESTIC GARAGEAs part of the 48 hour opening hours the illusion of the consept store was slowly transfo...
14/05/2016

IDENTITY 2: THE DOMESTIC GARAGE
As part of the 48 hour opening hours the illusion of the consept store was slowly transformed into a domestic loft party.

IDENTITY 2: THE DOMESTIC GARAGE
As part of the 48 hour opening hours the illusion of the consept store was slowly transformed into a domestic loft party.

IDENTITY 8: The commercial installation
14/05/2016

IDENTITY 8: The commercial installation

IDENTITY 8: The commercial installation

As part of Berlin Gallery Weekend the installation was turned into 3 spatial chapetrs: As concept store, as loft apartme...
14/05/2016

As part of Berlin Gallery Weekend the installation was turned into 3 spatial chapetrs: As concept store, as loft apartment with the artist living in the space, and as architectural sculpture with a concluding performance by Pan Daijing.

DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER - BGW marked the opening og ACHACU as institution.

As part of Berlin Gallery Weekend the installation was turned into 3 spatial chapetrs: As concept store, as loft apartment with the artist living in the space, and as architectural sculpture with a concluding performance by Pan Daijing.

DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER - BGW marked the opening og ACHACU as institution.

Without the context of a gallery, shown in the empty building of the Altes post, it´s as if the building laid it claim o...
14/05/2016

Without the context of a gallery, shown in the empty building of the Altes post, it´s as if the building laid it claim on the installation and visa versa.

Without the context of a gallery, shown in the empty building of the Altes post, it´s as if the building laid it claim on the installation and visa versa.

SYSTEMS OF ANOTHER ORDER: September 2015: During the busiest week for art selling and dealing in Berlin ʻA chair has a c...
14/05/2016

SYSTEMS OF ANOTHER ORDER: September 2015: During the busiest week for art selling and dealing in Berlin ʻA chair has a concrete useʼ is exposed as the entrance room of the group exhibition ́Systems of another order ́ in Altes Post. The exhibition uses functionalism-modernism as backdrop to distract the visitor from the absent curatorial concept. ʻA chair has a concrete useʼ is used by the curators as a tool to push the price of a large-scale modernist painting installed inside the sculpture.

SYSTEMS OF ANOTHER ORDER: September 2015: During the busiest week for art selling and dealing in Berlin ʻA chair has a concrete useʼ is exposed as the entrance room of the group exhibition ́Systems of another order ́ in Altes Post. The exhibition uses functionalism-modernism as backdrop to distract the visitor from the absent curatorial concept. ʻA chair has a concrete useʼ is used by the curators as a tool to push the price of a large-scale modernist painting installed inside the sculpture.

The rehersal spaceThe architecture as device for sound and movement.Allistair Watts and Neda Sanai
14/05/2016

The rehersal space
The architecture as device for sound and movement.
Allistair Watts and Neda Sanai

The rehersal space
The architecture as device for sound and movement.
Allistair Watts and Neda Sanai

IDENTITY 1: GREEN ROOM - Emergency bedroom for artists
14/05/2016

IDENTITY 1: GREEN ROOM - Emergency bedroom for artists

‘A chair has a concrete use’ is an architectural installation developed from a system of rules stemming from the functio...
13/05/2016

‘A chair has a concrete use’ is an architectural installation developed from a system of rules stemming from the functionalist nature of Altes Postfuhramt West in Schöneberg. A windowsill, a rounded wall, a concrete grid, a column, were turned into a formula that created an architectural script, a reinterpretation of the space as situation.

To embody these rules the space was reinterpreted as a set of altered domestic spaces that hold the following functions:
office, bedroom, dining, meeting, art dealing and hanging out. A questioning of the familiarity of traditional domestic programs,
our immediate intuitions of their use and their correlation to movement.

Drawn by Goro Tronsmo and Laida Aguirre.

‘A chair has a concrete use’ is an architectural installation developed from a system of rules stemming from the functionalist nature of Altes Postfuhramt West in Schöneberg. A windowsill, a rounded wall, a concrete grid, a column, were turned into a formula that created an architectural script, a reinterpretation of the space as situation.

To embody these rules the space was reinterpreted as a set of altered domestic spaces that hold the following functions:
office, bedroom, dining, meeting, art dealing and hanging out. A questioning of the familiarity of traditional domestic programs,
our immediate intuitions of their use and their correlation to movement.

Drawn by Goro Tronsmo and Laida Aguirre.

13/05/2016
"PVC" by GFS

IDENTITY 5: THE RESIDENCY PLATFORM - The set design

"PVC" by GFS

Item:/ Video / Photo
Genre: Perfume / Oracle / Cellular memory

#GFS #PVC #PERFUME #UNISEX #ORACLE #FETISH #CAMPAIGNX #BERLIN #PERSONAX #1994 #KATEMOSS #CALVINKLEIN #OBSESSION #YOURGOINGTOBESOSPECIAL #BEAUTY #AESTHETICTERRORIST #MANIFESTINGMEMORIES

Scenography for perfume commercial by artist/designer GFS.PVC unisex perfume advertising campaign video, a multilayered ...
13/05/2016

Scenography for perfume commercial by artist/designer GFS.

PVC unisex perfume advertising campaign video, a multilayered performance on the erotics of memory and politics of GFS - manifesting a childhood memory of a smell, the scent of PVC.

Scenography for perfume commercial by artist/designer GFS.

PVC unisex perfume advertising campaign video, a multilayered performance on the erotics of memory and politics of GFS - manifesting a childhood memory of a smell, the scent of PVC.

48 hours performance during the finnisage of "Systems of another order".Activated by Sophia Baader, Marte Reithaug Steru...
13/05/2016

48 hours performance during the finnisage of "Systems of another order".
Activated by Sophia Baader, Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne, Stefan Dreher and Goro Tronsmo.

48 hours performance during the finnisage of "Systems of another order".
Activated by Sophia Baader, Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne, Stefan Dreher and Goro Tronsmo.

Hiddenly activated by performers Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne and Sigrid Kittelsaa Vesaas
13/05/2016

Hiddenly activated by performers Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne and Sigrid Kittelsaa Vesaas

Hiddenly activated by performers Marte Reithaug Sterud, Rannei Grenne and Sigrid Kittelsaa Vesaas

The catwalk. The gin bar.Performative photosession by Magnus Bjerk and Goro Tronsmo.
13/05/2016

The catwalk. The gin bar.

Performative photosession by Magnus Bjerk and Goro Tronsmo.

The catwalk. The gin bar.

Performative photosession by Magnus Bjerk and Goro Tronsmo.

The Kotatsu tableThe ping pong tableA kotatsu (炬燵?) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, u...
13/05/2016

The Kotatsu table
The ping pong table

A kotatsu (炬燵?) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself.[1] Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere.

The Kotatsu table
The ping pong table

A kotatsu (炬燵?) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself.[1] Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere.

The loft apartmentBy Daisuke Kosugi and Ina Hagen
13/05/2016

The loft apartment
By Daisuke Kosugi and Ina Hagen

The loft apartment
By Daisuke Kosugi and Ina Hagen

The Green Room - 48 hours durational performance.The performance created a live installation of a paralell domestic and ...
13/05/2016

The Green Room - 48 hours durational performance.

The performance created a live installation of a paralell domestic and public site, accessible to the audience through a 48 hour event. The event functioned as a direct quote of the exhibition title "Concrete Utopias", and marked an end performance of The Green Room as a living installation- and a start of the new chapter: The domestic garage.

The Green Room - 48 hours durational performance.

The performance created a live installation of a paralell domestic and public site, accessible to the audience through a 48 hour event. The event functioned as a direct quote of the exhibition title "Concrete Utopias", and marked an end performance of The Green Room as a living installation- and a start of the new chapter: The domestic garage.

The finnisage of Concrete Utopias happened inside the installation, the space which until then had been referred to as "...
13/05/2016

The finnisage of Concrete Utopias happened inside the installation, the space which until then had been referred to as "The green room". The event marked the introduction to IDENTITY 2, and the name of it´s own institutional identity: "A chair has a concrete use", AKA ACHACU.

The finnisage of Concrete Utopias happened inside the installation, the space which until then had been referred to as "The green room". The event marked the introduction to IDENTITY 2, and the name of it´s own institutional identity: "A chair has a concrete use", AKA ACHACU.

The screening room: A place for artist talks and screenings.For its first making it was exposed as the art project "Gree...
13/05/2016

The screening room: A place for artist talks and screenings.

For its first making it was exposed as the art project "Green Room" by Goro Tronsmo, as part of the exhibition "Concrete Utopias" by Realismus Club.

To embody the art market functions that occur behind the scenes, we developed the space as a machine, made a twofold extraction: on the one hand, the curatorial statement as situation, and on the other, the landmark functionalist architecture of Altes Post as site.

The room functioned as the back room of the exhibition, - the space holding the structures of the exhibition making process. The activation of the installation throughout the exhibition period was staging the behind-the-scenes economy of the art market as a full fleshed programmable environment used by the organizers and various artists as studio, film set, a place for art selling, artist talks and screenings, for dinner parties, and as a bedroom for artists in need of a place to stay in Berlin.

The screening room: A place for artist talks and screenings.

For its first making it was exposed as the art project "Green Room" by Goro Tronsmo, as part of the exhibition "Concrete Utopias" by Realismus Club.

To embody the art market functions that occur behind the scenes, we developed the space as a machine, made a twofold extraction: on the one hand, the curatorial statement as situation, and on the other, the landmark functionalist architecture of Altes Post as site.

The room functioned as the back room of the exhibition, - the space holding the structures of the exhibition making process. The activation of the installation throughout the exhibition period was staging the behind-the-scenes economy of the art market as a full fleshed programmable environment used by the organizers and various artists as studio, film set, a place for art selling, artist talks and screenings, for dinner parties, and as a bedroom for artists in need of a place to stay in Berlin.

The art storage: Exhibition room for visiting collectors
13/05/2016

The art storage: Exhibition room for visiting collectors

The art storage: Exhibition room for visiting collectors

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