HB Artists / Site Specific Art Works: HB Artists have been selected to participate in the project through the nomination of the HB Curatorial committee, featuring a diverse group of talented artists from different cultural background, different mediums and different generations. A range of site-specific and social engaged art works have evolved in-situ in the rooms of HomeBase, applying an experimental, ephimeral, relational, critical spatial approach and shared exploration of home, bridging art and everyday living. In addition to the individual works, numerous communal art projects have been created by HB (Ignatz Bier), and the project in total is seen as an immersive work of art.
HB Hosting Models: While traveling to new continents and cities there has been a shift in what the meaning of home means in each culture and in each setting, and what are the modes, and available possibilities of urban hosting. This has led us to develop various HB hosting models in a flexible manner which fit to the setting and the given circumstance.
HB Team: HomeBase Project was founded by Artist, curator and researcher Anat Litwin in 2006 has evolved in collaboration with fierce team members, artists and cultural leaders who have devoted immense talent, time and passion towards the co-creation, facilitation and realisation of the project. Team members work has stemmed from the belief in the artistic vision, social urgency and meaningful HomeBase living experience. A list of HB team members from past years is featured with gratitude and sincere appreciation, by city.
Quilt of Images from HB Archive
Vision: HomeBase Project was born out of the desire to recreate an often lost sense of ‘home’ in today’s socio-economic environment, and out of the need to form communal platforms of artistic experimentation
which link art and everyday living serving as catalyst for artistic and social innovation in the Neoliberal city. By re-appropriating urban dwellings as cultural and political arenas, focusing on hosting as an artistic practice, surfacing secluded urban narratives and decoding power structures through art, HB asks to contribute to a more critical creative, human and democratic city.
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Journey Home: The HomeBase Project was established in New York City in 2006, and has since traveled to four different cities in four different continents: NYC, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Saitama, Japan. In the last decade HB has inhabited and transformed vacant buildings into temporary artistic/communal homes hosting research and residency program which explores the notion of home. HB buildings include: In New York City – a Polish Credit Union Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (HB I / 2006), a cast-iron building in SoHo, Manhattan (HB II / 2007), an historic townhouse in Harlem, Manhattan (HB III / 2008), and a former clinic on the lower East Side of Manhattan (HB IV / 2009), in Berlin a historic brewery located in the Pankow section of the city (HB V / 2010) were later HB Project developed a year round HB LAB, running five HB Build residency programs (2011 - 2013). in 2014 HB expanded its reach to a new continent and city and launched HB Jerusalem in a 'nano' residency format in a historic Palestinian residential building in Baqa neighbourhood, and in 2015 & 2016 HB took place in Saitama City, Japan, in a workers dormitary of a Hina doll factory in the ward of Iwatsuki, as part of the Saitama Trienale, where it culminated a first HB decade. To date, HB has nurtured the growth of over 130 international emerging and established artists, and has touched thousands who have visited the HB projects in various cities.
HB Residency Program:The HB project residency program@ is an experimental educational setting which consists several key components, relating to art, community building, hosting, critical spatial interventions, creative dissent and soft urbanism (manual being developed) which are the foundation of all hosting models. Broken down into chronological stages HB includes the following: