HB Buildings - New York, Berlin, Jerusalem, Saitama (above) 

 

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 s
erving 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 historiv Palestinian residential building in Baqa neighborhood, 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.































​HomeBase Project 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 corresspondance with ideas of home, and is on display in the HB Salon as part of the project.

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 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 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 focusing on larger reflections of home in regards to the Urban landscape, followed by a three week Open House Festival. HB Saitama 2016.


HB Research
HomeBase research on home is an on-going process. Anat Litwin, founder of HB Project has brought this research to new frontiers, reflecting not only on HB but on the field of Artistic Hosting, via a curatorial research fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2013 which enabled her to embark on the Roundtable Residency Research (RRR), which took place together with experts from different fields of knowledge in four international urban settings (New York, Tokyo, East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem). Currently Litwin is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Urban and Town planning at the Technion Institute, her research focuses on the Impact of Artistic Hosting on the City, with HB Project as a key case study.


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.