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 Nomadic: Three weeks of HB Residency program with a group of 12 artists, followed by  three weeks of Open House program. HB I, HB II, HB III, HB IV took place in NYC between 2006 - 2009, HB V took place in Berlin in 2010, HB VII took place in Saitama in 2015.
HB LAB: Building a home for HB, with a three months long Residency Program for a group of 12 artists, followed by a three day Open House Festival Program. HB Build I, HB Build II, HB Build III, HB Build IV, HB Build V took place between 2011 - 2013 in Pankow, Berlin. 

HB LAB: Three month long residency program for a group of up to twelve artists, followed by a Open House festival. HB Berlin 2011-2013.

HB Nano: Three weeks of a HB Residency program, a tailored residency for a single artists on a rotating basis located in a private residential home setting, culminating in  a three weeks Open House Program. HB Nano took place in Jerusalem between 2014-2015, hosting 12 artists all together.

HB Ulab: Three weeks Residency program for a small team of six artists, focusing on larger reflections of home in regards to the Urban landscape, in collaboration with the local municipality, followed by a Open House Festival. HB Saitama 2016.

HB Artists / Site Specific Art Works: 

HB Artists are 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 who share an interest for experimental, site-specific, community based art.

A range of site-specific and social engaged art works have evolved in-situ in the rooms of HomeBase over the years, as an integral part of the exploration of the site as well as a personal understanding of home in the specific setting, through which HB artists apply individually and collectively a critical spatial approach, bridging art and everyday living.

In addition to the individual works, numerous communal art projects have been created by HB team (Ignatz Bier), and the project in total is seen as an immersive work of art.


Quilt of Images of Site-specific work from HB Archive. Details here.

​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.  

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 dormatory 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:

  • Stage I - Building a Base: locating a vacant building set in an urban area undergoing change, usually targeting buildings with an interesting architectural / historic feature. Coordinating permission to use the building as a live-in work space for two months. for a group of up to 12 artists, preparing the rooms and a shared communal kitchen and garden. ​
  • Stage II: HB Residency Program: A group of up to 12 artists from different backgrounds and mediums are selected to participate in the project, living together, building a community and exploring the notion of 'home' while creating a new artwork. During a basic frame time of three weeks, each artists is assigned a room in the HB building in which she will realise an artistic site-specific interpretation of “home” while participating in a rich research program which includes artist's dinners, hosting guest speakers, learning about the history of the site, participating in discussions with artists and neighbours as well as discovery of the city through urban tours - the goal of which is to provide a critical catalyst for the creation of a unique communal process and site-specific art work and re-appropriation of the site while cultivating a lively community.  
  • Stage III: Open House / Cultural Programming - HomeBase Project opens it's doors to the public with an exhibition and interactive cultural program free of charge. The rooms of the building display the artist’s site-specific installations along with a text each artist is asked to write titled 'letter home'. In addition, the HB project offers an interactive cultural program free of charge. Programming takes place in the “HB Salon,” and ranges from artists’ talks and lectures , to workshops on cooking and gardening, to game playing and live performances, relating to the topic of ‘home’. Programming is created by the HB community in collaboration with local activists and institutions. All HB exhibits and programs are free to the public.  
  • Stage IV: Documentation / Archive - The lasting and ephemeral qualities of HB are captured and documented throughout the process by the Artists and team, and used as a learning tool for the HB ongoing research on ‘home’. Artists as well as visitors are asked to write a text titled 'A Letter Home' which serves as a genuine coRrespondance with ideas of home, and is on display in the HB Salon as part of the project.