Offspace and project space in Stuttgart, various formats, since 2018
The HuMBase is a transdisciplinary non-profit platform, that can be adapted to various spaces. This artistic off- and studio space aims to create an atmosphere in which it is possible to work apart from established structures and which encourages collaboration and networking between the cultural workers who encounter each other there. It is designed to be a place that makes it possible to work on visions and to develop, test, and establish new formats without the institutional pressure to produce a somewhat successful result. A process for which, in an increasingly efficient cultural landscape, new space must be provided time and time again. Since 2018, the HuMBase has established itself in the facilities of a former church as a well-frequented location for various formats and individual exhibitions, as well as a temporary opportunity to work for cultural professionals of any practice. The idea of using an open space without programmatic restrictions and a mixture of spontaneous projects and concepts planned over a long period formed a lively artistic habitat and cultural safe zone.
It is funded by the city of Stuttgart (2019 and 2020).
Laboratory of the permanently impermanent
Open Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, 2023
This open-access laboratory of the permanently impermanent negotiated the socially and culturally learned rulebook that is veiled yet deeply interwoven into the coding of art institutions and their gallery spaces. Through its disclosure and transformation into an installation reminiscent of board games, which invited interaction through haptics and aesthetics, the visitors were empowered to change this coding and adapt it to their own needs.
A simulation of a constantly transforming and negotiable space, which offers exactly what is demanded and only as long as it is needed— a servant to all and property to no one.
On drawing open circles
Archive, website and permanent installation at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2022
On drawing open circles is an attempt to design a platform that allows current and former fellows of the Academy Schloss Solitude to view and read about each other’s work. It is meant to be read as an invitation and possibility to continue thinking about those positions both with and further. This archive of books—consisting of publications, all created in collaboration with or in reference to former fellows—is designed to flow through the individual studios as well as the common areas, unobtrusively and casually, imitating a naturally grown component of the Academy’s infrastructure. The funding and support offered by the Academy, which is inherent to all the publications contained therein, is thus to be brought back to life and merged into a shared, adaptive and open cosmos of knowledge and iteration. In addition, a website that maps the entire platform allows users to expand and update the Archive through comments, tags, and new entries.
Funded by the NEUSTART KULTUR program of Stiftung Kunstfonds (2022), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Holz-Hauff GmbH and Rosspartner GmbH.
Text and book object, 12 pages, offset, 15×15 cm, edition of 100, 2022
A poetic, self-reflexive journey of exploration through design, its surface, core, and its social ambivalence.
From the dead end of the ideal in a void to a way out through the luck of the dice. I designed. is a self-published book and an installation at the same time. It deals with the complex path dependencies of design decisions and designed decisions and sheds light on the potential of design in an escalating tale of failure.
As if I had been there
Artistic research workshop and exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2021
Can we authentically reproduce perception?
Does documentation have the potential to be more than just a fixed image?
As if I had been there is a workshop on shaping what is narrated and what is experienced. Collectively we explore how subjective experiences of an event can be bundled and preserved and which role design plays in this process.
Part of the workshop program Affairs, Chapter II by anorak, 20—22 August 2021
Photos by Jule Brandhuber (1&2)
When the seed considered planting itself
Publication, 246 pages, offset and silkscreen, 21×29,7 cm, 2021
The artist’s book as a collective practice.
The project When the seed considered planting itself is an attempt to detach the character of the experimental space of the HuMBase from its physical location and make it transferable. Instead of escaping into the digital sphere, the project aims to preserve and communicate its content in its physical form still, to enable comparison, the interconnection of different positions, and manual work on an equal basis. The central part of the publication is the contributions of the participating cultural workers and artists. The various individual positions, initiatives, and collectives decided independently how they would like to use the “Platform Publication”, given all a frame of eight DIN A4 pages. This book-shaped exhibition is completed by a written introduction by the editors, a text contribution by the Berlin-based curator Lukas Ludwig and a photo section documenting the program from 2018 to 2020.
HuM-Collective and Sophia Sadzakov (ed.)
published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin
Text contributions by Lukas Ludwig (Donkey), Sophia Sadzakov, and HuM-Collective (On Failure)
Funded by the NEUSTART KULTUR programme of Stiftung Kunstfonds (2021), LBBW Foundation and the city of Stuttgart.
A HuMBook about
Ongoing publication series, since 2018
A HuMBook about is a book series, in which we bring diverse content, that seems to be relevant to our work, into a suitable form. Without losing the series character, each book is individually designed and is only bound to the other books in format and cover material.
To support our idea of a shared cosmos of knowledge, cultivate relationships with our collaborating partners, and initiate new conversations, the books are designed to be mailed out as easily and economically as possible, with no further envelope or packaging required.
David Foster Wallace
Furniture system, 2018
The HuM-Studio is a furniture system designed to meet the requirements of our nomadic yet spatial work. To combine the advantages of an almost entirely digitalized working environment with the necessities of one, adapted to our way of working together with different collaborators in changing locations, it is possible to reduce the entire space into two rollable containers, in which the office can be stored. The compact size of the containers, which is tailored to the dimensions of standard transport facilities and architectural bottlenecks, allows us to access and adapt spaces simply and at a low cost.
The furniture system consists of two parts, which are adapted to different work requirements. Construction type A, with its 90˚ folding sides and a warm wooden surface, is intended as a work- and meeting table, while construction type B, with a cutting mat surface and 180˚ folding sides, is intended as a production space.
In cooperation with Markus Bock.
Archive and website, since 2018
The website HuMming is an interactive toolbox with collected theoretical quotations, alongside questions, theses and texts formulated by us. It is designed to enable the development of one or many perspectives on a certain topic and follows the logic of an ever-evolving manifesto. Each time a user visits the website, its contents, divided into pop-up windows, are opened in random order and can then be sorted into clusters or closed as desired. Like working on a blackboard, it is possible to zoom in and out. If the page is reloaded, the structure that was worked out disappears and the process has to be started again from scratch.
CV / Info / Contact
Dip. Des. Hannah Häußer / Dip. Des. Maximilian Borchert
2020—2021 guest students in the class Transformation Design, Braunschweig University of Fine Arts
since 2020 Lectureship in the Department of Architecture, class of Design and Prototyping at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
since 2018 Founder and Leader of the offspace project HuMBase
since 2018 joint studio HuM-Collective
since 2017 Member of the board of Wand 5 e.V. (organizer of the Stuttgarter Film Winter—Festival for expanded media)
2014 foundation of HuM as a collective practice
since 2011/2015 Founder and Members of the Kunstverein Anorak e.V.
2009/11—2018 Communication Design Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, diploma degree
Awards • Residencies • Scholarships
2023 Fellowship at the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
2022 Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (6 month)
2022 Residency at Arc Bucharest (3 month)
2022 NEUSTART KULTUR—special funding program for visual artists, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
2021 Residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (9 month)
2021 NEUSTART KULTUR—project funding for art mediating actors, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
since 2020 Mathilde-Planck-Lectureship Program (MPL), Lakof-BW, Esslingen/Geislingen
2020 Walter Tiemann Preis 2020, shortlisted, Verein zur Förderung von Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig e.V.
2020 Cultural funding of the city of Stuttgart for the project HuMBase 2020
2019 Gold Award in the category Public Group Publication Design, 13th Macau Design Bienniale, Macau
2019 Polytrade Paper —Printing Design Award, 13th Macau Design Bienniale, Macau
2019 Macau Design Award Grand Prize, 13th Macau Design Bienniale, Macau
2019 Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2019, shortlisted, Stiftung Buchkunst
2019 Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung 2019, shortlisted, Stiftung Buchkunst
2019 Cultural funding of the city of Stuttgart for the project HuMBase 2019
2018 Certificate of Typographic Excellence, TDC / 64, New York
2017 Jury & Distinction Award in the category Publikation Design, 11th Macau Design Bienniale, Macau
2017 Förderpreis für Buchgestaltung und Medienentwicklung, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
2016 Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung 2016, longlisted, Stiftung Buchkunst
2016 100 Beste Plakate 2015, Germany, Austria and Switzerland
2016 Förderpreis für Buchgestaltung und Medienentwicklung, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
2015 Förderpreis für Buchgestaltung und Medienentwicklung, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
Exhibitions • Publications
2023 (upcoming) taking part, solo exhibition within Retour de Paris, Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand, Karlsruhe
2023 Open Studio and Call me, two open studios, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris
2022 Graphic Intervention, published in Solitude Journal 4—Time After Time by the Akademie Schloss Solitude and Elke aus dem Moore, Stuttgart
2022 Experiments On The Surface: HuM Collective’s »I-designed.«, article published on Solitude Blog, Nov. 17, 2022
2022 Hidden Traces (Sommerfest 2022), part of the exhibition at the Akademy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2022 I designed., publication, self-published, edition of 100
2021 When the seed considered planting itself, publication, published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin
2019 amarok, friends of anorak, member exhibition Kunstverein Anorak e.V., Stuttgart
2019 various small fires, group exhibition, HuMBase and Villa Nix, Stuttgart
2018 A HuMBook about, ongoing book series, self-published
2018 Fragen im Raum, exhibtion in the Projektraum Lotte, Stuttgart
2017 niße—400 Eszett-Schnitte, Publication, published in the Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz
2016 Nice r’ss—R-rated material, Publication, self-published
2015 Performance at the Snag Performance Festival Days, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
Jury work • Lectures • Workshops
2021 Three sides of paper, workshop, 17—18 December at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2021 As if I had been there, workshop as part of the workshop program Affairs, Chapter II by anorak e.V., 20—22 August at Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
2020 Part of the Jury Award for Young Book Design 2020, Stiftung Buchkunst, Frankfurt
2019 Conversas Stuttgart #1, lecture as part of the series of talks Conversas Stuttgart (organized by Sarie Nijboer), Stuttgart
2017 Lecture as part of the series of talks 307b at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
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