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HomeBase Project Benefit Reception, Monday, July 12

Monday, July 12, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Home of Henry Buhl
Tickets: $100

A private Cocktail Party & Art Salon
At the Home of Philanthropist Henry Buhl in SoHo
Benefiting the HomeBase Project and announcing the 18 international artists selected to participate in HomeBase V Berlin/NY

Co-hosted by former Whitney Museum of American Art director David A. Ross, actress, filmmaker and Homebase IV Director Adi Ezroni, and art patron Tam St. Armand

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Michael Paul Britto (USA), Annabel Daou (Lebanon), Ramak Fazel (Iran), Paul Sepuya (USA), James Morrison (USA), Andrea Loefke (Germany), Letha Wilson (USA), Matthias Neumann (Germany), Dafna Shalom (Israel), Abby Robinson (USA), Sylvie Degiez (Switzerland), Merav Ezer (Israel), Sivan Gur-Arieh (USA), Pessi Margulies (Israel), Marilyn Walter (USA), Willum Geerts (Netherlands), Anat Litwin (USA/Israel), Adi Ezroni (Israel), Shiri Sandler, Amit Greenberg (Israel), Elaine Tim Nyo (USA), Itamar Jobani (Israel), Aaron Williams (USA), Jess Levey (USA), Alic Trossman (Israel), Adrian K (Poland)

Monday, July 12, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Home of Henry Buhl
SoHo, NY
Tickets: $100

Anat Litwin, artistic director & founder of the HomeBase project, and co-hosts David Ross and Adi Ezroni will announce the selected artists and present the upcoming HomeBase V project Berlin / NY, which will open to the public at both locations on September 21, 2010. Art work by HomeBase artists and sponsorship opportunities for upcoming HomeBase events will be offered for sale.

The HomeBase Project Will Take Up Residence In Berlin
Opening Free to the Public September 21 – October 12, 2010

The HomeBase Project ( marks its fifth year by going international and traveling to Berlin, while maintaining a satellite project in New York City. After four successful projects in New York City and a front page in the Art & Design section of the New York Times, HomeBase, a site-specific public art project which explores the archetype of home, will be located in a vacant bus depot and neighboring building which was once a hostel for Communist party youth in Pankow, a district once popular with artists, scientists and government officials in what was the former East Berlin.

Another first for the HomeBase Project is that it is holding an international open call for visual and performing artists. Twelve to eighteen artists will be selected to investigate the notion of home as well as issues of identity, social structures, migration, gentrification, and even homelessness, in a site-specific, communal setting. Essential to the project is the participation of local residence and guest international artists, together creating a vital urban platform for cultural exchange, open and free to the public.

As in previous years, HomeBase V Berlin is divided into three phases: a three week period of residency during which each artist is given a room to create a project related to home; three weeks of exhibition of the artists’ projects along with a cultural program featuring lectures, performances, interactive workshops, and streaming video from other HomeBase locales; and the final phase is editing all of the documentation of the process from start to finish, publishing a HomeBase catalog and producing a film.

“So many people ask – ‘Why Berlin? Why Pankow,” says Anat Litwin, artistic director and founder of the HomeBase Project. “In many ways, Berlin echoes the vibrant artistic and urban landscape of New York in the 1980s. The unique cultural scene and loaded history of Berlin, as well as the specific heritage of the Pankow District, make it a stimulating location for the exploration of home while the bus depot adds an interesting contemporary context relating to migration."

HomeBase is an artist run project. This year's HomeBase team works on a voluntary basis to develop and produce the event, in addition to participating creatively as artists. In addition to Litwin, the team includes Matthias Bottger (Germany), curator of the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, Catriona McLaughlin (Germany/USA), actress, craftsperson, and journalist, Jennifer Morone (USA), multi-disciplinary artist, Ronit Muszkatblit (Germany/Israel/USA), theater director and founding member of New York-based-Woken Glacier, David Rickard (New Zealand/UK), architect and installation artist, Alex Schweder, (USA) artist, architect, and creator of "performance architecture" whose work was recently seen at a solo show at SFMOMA, Tilman Schlevogt (Germany) graphic designer, and filmmaker/producer Tal Siano (Israel).

Core Team HomeBase V Berlin
Anat Litwin- Artistic Director & Founder
Matthias Bottger - Cultural Applications
David Rickard - Infrastructure
Alex Schweder - Site Manager, Community Outreach
Tal Siano - Co-producer
Ronit Muzskatblit - Partnerships
Jen Morone - Special Events
Catriona Mclaughin - New Media

Laura Holzberg
Matt Pace

HomeBase Advisory Board
Henry Buhl - philanthropist, community activist and art collector
Thomas Rom - Think You, Branding, NYC
David Ross - Curator, Teacher, Former Director of WHITNEY MUSEUM and SFMOMA
Cay Sophie Rabinowitz - Curator, Writer, Former Director of Art Basel
Adi Ezroni - Spring Films, Founder & Partner, Director of HB IV
Jane Slotin - Executive Director of PELIE
Yael Reinhardt - Director of Artis


Founded in 2006, the HomeBase Project is an international site-specific public art project whose mission is to stimulate a contextual and interdisciplinary exploration of the archetype of home. In pursuing this exploration annually, HomeBase seeks to integrate contemporary art into the everyday urban experience, and to challenge the role of art as an educational tool for cross-cultural dialogue, community cultivation, and social integration. For its first four years, HomeBase took place in different locations in New York City, and for its fifth year, the project will take up residence in the Pankow District in Berlin with a small, satellite event space in New York. New York, however, will always be the home and the base for the project. The HomeBase Project is sponsored by FJC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Anat Litwin is the founder and artistic director of the HomeBase Project. She is a Brooklyn-based Israeli-American artist and curator working n the medium of paper cut-outs, drawings, public art and installation. While working on the first four HomeBase projects, she was also the Director of the Makor/92nd Street Y Artists-in-Residence program and gallery, and the Associate Director and art editor of LABA: The National Laboratory of New Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y. Litwin received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem in 2001, and her MFA in 2005 from New York’s Hunter College department of Combined Media. She received the Keren Sharet award for outstanding artists in 2001, and has exhibited her work in Europe, Israel, and New York. She is currently working on her first book of paper cut-outs entitled “Anatomy.”

HomeBase V - Content and Schedule

In addition to the fundamental aspects of the project described HomeBase V Berlin, special focus this year will be given to the following components:

-The Unique History of the City of Berlin/NYC, and the architectural characteristics of the site: A formal Communist bus station and building that used to function as a orphanage and youth hostel for the Communist party.

-Social engagement - collaborating with recovering homeless shelter on artistic project, conducting educational workshops with local schools, providing art tours and workshops for the public.

-HB as an Eco System: Integrating into all aspects of the HB project environmental awareness. Building a communal garden to feed the artists and the guests.

-Cross Boundary Community: Creating a community of international artists, integrating the local community into the project as well as the local art community, integrating the wide public on-line via an interactive blog /website, connecting across sea between HomeBase Berlin, and a satellite project of HomeBase NY by broadcasting live in both locations.


PHASE 1: Inhabiting the space/ Artists Residency Aug 29- Sep 20, 20101, Duration: three weeks

During the first phase of the project, a group of up to 18 international artists selected by the curatorial committee inhabit the space and participate in the residency program. Once in the allocated rooms, each artist creates a site-specific project no external curatorial intervention and write a text called “a letter home” that is posted in the rooms, replacing the standard curatorial text.

PHASE 2: Public Happening Sep 21 - October 12th, 2010 Duration: three weeks.

The second phase of the project begins when the location opens its doors to the public free of charge, with the 18 art projects, and with an exciting cultural program that includes lectures, performances, workshops, and live, interactive events free of charge. Once the space is open to the public, the community is encouraged to contribute a letter home, which is posted in the communal area, creating a rich tapestry of reflections of Home. HomeBase will stay open during Art Forum and will have special VIP tours for the Art Forum viewers.

PHASE 3: Legacy: Screening of the Documentation of the Project, follow up in the community

The process of building HomeBase is documented from start. The documentation includes the collaborative efforts, logistics, the creative processes of the artists, group dynamics, and interaction with the public to be featured in a documentary film and high quality Book.