Above: Andrea Loefke, Home Sweet Home, HB III Harlem, 2008
HomeBase Project (HB) is a nomadic artist-run-residency and research program, devoted to the exploration of the notion of Home and to the creation of new platforms, models and tools for communal Artistic Hosting in cities. Operating at the axis of contemporary art, social innovation and meaningful urban change, HomeBase seeks to challenge the role artist play in shaping everyday urban living, creating critical cultural currencies of care.
HomeBase Project was founded in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York, by artist and curator Anat Litwin, and has evolved into an immersive work of art through collaboration with team members, diverse communities of artists, local residents, educators, urban planners, municipal facilitators, cultural institutions and social change agents. Since it's foundation the project has embarked on a decade long journey across the globe, inhabiting seven buildings in changing urban neighbourhoods in New York, Berlin, Jerusalem and Saitama, transforming vacant residential spaces into temporary artistic homes for cross-cultural, and counter cultural communal exchange. Along this journey HB hosted more than 130 artists to date, and was featured in various cultural platforms in the fields of art residencies, soft urbanism, contemporary art and social practice. HomeBase is currently the subject of Academic Research on the agency of Artistic Hosting in the Neoliberal City, in the field of Urban Planning,
led by Anat Litwin at the Technion IIT, under the supervision of Prof. Rachel Kallus.