Residency Program at Liebling Haus
The Apartment: HaDira
The Residency Program at the Liebling Haus, HaDira, is operating in Lucie and Eugen Scheuer’s home on the third floor, echoing the original residential use of the building, and inviting multidisciplinary creatives to spend time and draw inspiration from a typical international-style apartment. HaDira offers guests a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the historical and cultural values it incorporates, with temporary residency serving as an act of conservation and a chance to rethink urban living. Participants in the program explore habitation, everyday life in the city, memory, and urban conservation in the past, present, and future. The Residency Program promotes a creative process inspired by the relationship between the apartment and its surroundings as a platform for dialogue.
Heritage Protection and the Common Good
September 2022 – December 2022
Zipa Kempinsky, Omer Krieger, Elena Stelzer, Daniel Tchetchik, Susanne Mariacher and Shir Raz
Does heritage protection align with the common good? Are the aesthetic or historical values of buildings private or public matters? Who holds the rights to the White City? How do the city residents view their connection and responsibility to historic buildings and the urban environment? What are the relations between the various stakeholders? Is the nomination of the White City as a World Heritage Site a blessing or a burden?
The Liebling Haus residency program HaDira is hosting the artists Zipa Kempinsky, Omer Krieger, Elena Stelzer, Daniel Tchetchik, Susanne Mariacher and Shir Raz who will be exploring questions regarding heritage protection and the common good - between public and private interests, for four months from September to December.
The residency participants will study the link between common good and individual good in the White City, while referring to the conservation of buildings, the spaces in-between buildings and the public space. The program seeks to broaden the view and to examine the tensions and challenges that exist on site, fourteen years after the initiation of Tel Aviv’s Heritage Preservation Plan, published after the UNESCO declaration.
The program serves as a platform for artistic investigation and action, and active critical commentary on processes the city is undergoing. The program intends to examine the challenges posed by political decisions regarding heritage sites, especially those that UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared as World Heritage Sites. The residency offers an opportunity for participants to consider how the built space and the local community are affected by policies and regulation that were approved following the UNESCO nomination of Tel Aviv as a World Heritage Site (The White City).
The project is a collaboration with the Planning Policy Lab at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and is accompanied by academic research on the conflicts and challenges associated with world heritage protection. This comparative analysis centers on two case studies: Tel Aviv and Vienna and examines three scales – supra-national, national and local, testing the link between the application of international norms (commitment to preservation) and changes occurring in political and local arenas. The research addresses questions such as: How does the acceptance of international norms influence the various stakeholders – property owners, entrepreneurs, city residents and visitors? How do they feel about preservation and how do they deal with the various conflicts and challenges it brings about?
During the residency the participants meet weekly for three-hour long group study and work sessions.
The first residency month is dedicated to studying the program theme and includes lectures by visiting professionals, tours and meetings. The program is a collaboration with the Technion and the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Conservation Department and Engineering Administration. In the months Oct-Dec the weekly meetings are dedicated to discussion and development of the subjects chosen by participants for their work. During the residency, each participant will hold two meetings with the public on their personal project (workshop/event/lecture/tour, etc.), and at the end of the residency period participants will display their proposals. The work process is open to the public – visitors at Liebling Haus and its website.
The HaDira apartment
The apartment has four rooms, three serve as workspaces (2 artists per space). The fourth room, the living room, hosts the weekly meetings and contains the relevant research materials that are available to the residency participants and the public, and is where the artists present their work in process. The apartment rooms are open to visitors when the artists are present and locked in their absence.
Creative director and curator: Sabrina Cegla
Program partners from the Planning Policy Lab at the Technion: Nir Mualam and Einat Mendelson
Ohad Kabri, Meital Katz Minervo, Alit Kreiz, Lila Chitayat, Alon Sarig
In the coming months the residency program Hadira will be hosting Home.Building program – a research and action group comprising five artists whose work combines design and multidisciplinary art with everyday social activity. The program, which takes place in residential buildings around the city and in the apartment at Liebling Haus, is an artistic act that aims to broaden and elaborate the concept of the residential building by treating it through each participant’s creative world. This act seeks to bring about change in the participants’ creative process and to develop new practices for action in the buildings themselves.
The notion of home is the main theme of the artistic work at the Hadira residency. The program takes place in a historical family apartment and reflects the original use of the building as a residential building. Program participants are invited to stay for a while and create work inspired by it. The Liebling Haus apartment gives participants a unique opportunity to experience and study the values and culture it embodies. The actual stay at the apartment is part and parcel of the building’s conservation act and serves as a foundation for thinking about new approaches to life in the city, as the experience of city life is linked to the apartment that becomes a home. The domestic space, which is “all in all” the functional and technical arrangement of rooms, has a central meaning in our lives and is the subject of investigation at Liebling Haus in general and in the Hadira residency in particular.
Most of the world’s population now live in cities and in buildings, which evolved as the most efficient solution for the urban living system. This situation demands that we, the building residents, share the rules, limitations and spaces that apply to our individual apartments. The recent conditions have led people to pay more attention to the shared form of living, and to the opportunities and possibilities it affords in the public spaces of residential buildings that are situated beside the private ones.
The Home.Building program is a cooperation between Liebling Haus and the Environment and Sustainability Authority. The program seeks to reinvigorate the concept of the residential building and to examine different ways to encourage and support citizen initiatives in the city to create a beneficial living environment that promotes sustainable living. Apart from the residency program that takes place at Liebling Haus, residency participants will be working in the coming months closely with the residential buildings that were selected in an open call. This will allow examining and experiencing actual initiatives led by each of the program’s participants in one of the buildings. During this time the apartment at Liebling Haus will serve as a hub of information for the program and a place for discussion, research and action.
Program manager: Anat Levy
Artistic direction and curation: Shira Levy-Binyamini
Consultant Organization for Environment and Sustainability: Anat Ehud
Preliminary research: Dana Mor
Meet our first residents: Anat Litwin and Sally Krysztal, who will stay in HaDira from September 1 to December 2020. Anat is an artist, researcher, and founder of the Homebase Project and the Urban Artistic Hosting Platform. Anat has been grappling with the concept of home and developing residency programs as an artistic-social medium for over a decade. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and a fellow of the Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program. Sally is a multidisciplinary artist, inspired by traditional crafts and local knowledge, body, movement, and performance, and explores the tension between presence and absence.
Urban Artistic Hosting Platform: At HaDira residency program, Anat Litwin and Sally Krysztal create the next chapter of the Urban Artistic Hosting Platform (UAHP), focused on critical practices of creative hosting in the city and redefining art and artists’ role in reshaping urbanism. UAHP is part of Litwin’s doctoral research at the Technion.
As part of the residency, they will examine the relationship between private and public space, and between the home and the city within two temporal contexts: the Scheuers’ historical 1936 apartment and the contemporary residency space inside a public center. They will study the intrinsic potential of artistic hosting in an evolving urban reality, as ‘home’ is charged with new meaning and becomes a new public arena.
Their work at HaDira is an integral part of their ongoing artistic research and performative creation. The process will be open to the public (on-site and online) and include a series of meetings, events, and discussions on cultural policy and urban citizenship with artists, professionals, and cultural leaders. This process will result in an installation presented at the apartment in May.