Plǝt- is a living room in Amsterdam, host to a series of events focusing on contemporary art. Functioning as a living and an exhibition space, Plǝt- forms new perspectives on contemporary art through the action of living with the work.

Plǝt- hosts openings, closings and additional programs, with each exhibition documented from the perspective of the tenant, alongside invited contributions. Oscillating between public and private, Plǝt- positions itself within both personal and academic discourses. Exhibiting international artists in Amsterdam, Plǝt- re-examines and utilizes space in the city to its full potential. Existing equally through physical installment, programmed events, and publications, Plǝt-’s approach is empirical, theoretical and contextual: using the specificity of a given situation as an opportunity to explore contemporary art.
Plǝt- is a project space based in Amsterdam run by
Diego Diez & Dieuwertje Hehewerth

All the graphic identity is made by
Medeina Musteikyte & Dirk Verweij

All texts written by Dieuwertje Hehewerth, unless noted otherwise.

Prolonged Introduction
Hello! Visiting Plǝt- will present contemporary painting to you around a sporadic spread of activity on a living room table – a shamble of thoughts protruding between walls, mitigating the space between life and art.

Just as the usual state of this table, our minds at Plǝt- are often a mess. So, just as a host apologizes for the state of their home regardless of the presence of actual disarray, let us introduce to you what lies behind this place called Plǝt-.

It is sometimes good to lay everything on the table. For example, Plǝt- believes that cabinets full of exhibition ephemera in the corner of a room – or inadvertent book-spine adverts - imbue the thoughts in that room whether we like it or not. Stretching this belief to speculations of this living room and the exhibitions within it, we might build the logic that both are respectively framed by the contents of the fridge, by the state of our stomachs and the activities that do or do not need to be done tomorrow. This means that Plǝt- is framed by varying levels of peckishness, a book spine that shouts ‘REFLECTIONS' and a series of meetings up ahead. It is framed by the fact that Plǝt- was almost a space for installations, rather than paintings, and originally was intended to host exhibitions in the roof-hut instead.

Of course it ended up being neither. A personal history in painting and the desire to live with art, not under it, turned our attention to the space on the living room walls. Space cleared for paintings via two-weeks of painstaking textured-wallpaper removal; space created via six layers of the finest cheap, white paint; space claimed by securing this apartment - Plǝt- - as a place of residency in this booming moment of gentrification and exponentially rising housing costs in the city of Amsterdam.

Plǝt-hopes that through this mindset - acknowledging given factors and being open to the ones we have not seen yet - we can utilize the specificity of this situation as a tool to examine painting and contemporary art.

Plǝt- is a name that makes a myriad of references while simultaneously working in a colloquial and absurd manner. The letter ǝ is a schwa, a letter in the phonetic alphabet that represents the sound somebody makes when allowing a sound to go through their throat with no obstruction. This means that each person’s pronunciation is slightly different according to the shape of their mouths, but generally it is the sound of ‘ah’.

Conceptually we enjoy that beginning with the name, Plǝt- is open-ended and shaped by those engaging with it - which when collected will become a single body of work formed by a variety of perspectives. Phonetically, Plǝt- means flat in Dutch, which makes an indirect reference to flat - the colloquial English name for an apartment, and flat - the 2 dimensionality of painting. 

By playing with the letters and punctuation used, the name PLǝt- is drawn somewhere between an image and a word. Originating from halving the word platform, the word sits somewhere between a word and a sound. Phonetics and meaning situate it somewhere between English and Dutch and the room itself, of course, sits somewhere between a living room and a gallery. 

Altogether it’s a bit awkward, playful, meaningful and just a sound. The hyphen leaves the end open, which can also pertain to the notion of suffixes (either no suffix, or leaving room for suffixes to be added, a small nod towards this habitual play with language performed in and around art) 

It can have a lot of meaning or none, sitting somewhere between being extremely representational (to the point of absurdity), being abstracted right down to a sound, the lettering and punctuation right down to an image. In the end, Plǝt- is a name, a proper noun: full of subjective meaning, a name used for an individual person, place, or organization, with no rational criteria.