AKA is a tattoo studio, a gallery, a café, a performance space, and a foster home for all kind of artistic stray cats. According to Zitty, Berlin’s equivalent of Time Out, it’s the best shop/store/art space of 2010. Dossier talked to Jon John, who together with Valentin Plessy founded this extraordinary space only a little over a year ago.
Thomas Mader: What was the motivation for opening up this hybrid space called AKA and why did you choose Berlin as its location?
Jon John: The dream of creating a space like AKA had been in my head for a long time, written on paper in my “project” folder. As a multi-discipline artist I’ve never found a working space that combined different kinds of art. But when Valentin (aMinus) finally gave the initial impulse, we decided that it was about time to create such a space. AKA is an artist-run space in the first place, because both of us use this space as a studio for our respective art activities. We both also have loads of friends involved in art, with different backgrounds, different disciplines, and so this was an opportunity for us to give them a place to work, a place where we can all collaborate, spend more time together, be a family. That’s why we chose the name AKA. To clarify the simple fact that this place has no name, has different tags and different people involved in the adventure.Tweet