haus.0 in Künstlerhaus Stuttgart 1999-2002
Introduction to haussite
“haus.0” was the four-year program I initiated in 1999 as Artistic Director for the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart ( see original program intro below). At the same time, I started www.haussite.net to operate in a symbiotic relationship with that program. The website offers an interface to the programming, and provided in German (during the Künstlerhaus years) and English a combination of reader / documentation / special project site. During this era defined by information flows and kinds of communities, it addressed the issue of programming in terms of local vs. international communities. Soon after its initialization an audience and readership from both within and outside the ‘local’ became evident. Parallel to the haussite.net address, the main project texts and visuals were also circulated within photocopied A4 printed matter, for the benefit of the audience who ventured into the actual space of the building.
In 2003, with the completion of my program direction in Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, came the website’s next phase of development as a reliable program documentation / reader. But this also incorporates the program notion of an active scripting agency, and with that further elaborations as well as adapting to benefit from constant developments in internet web-archive resource possibilities. The haussite origin is reflected in the haus.0 program’s 1999 introduction, “It charts out correspondences between transforming notions of artistic praxis and an artist-initative space in a time of transition.” In that perspective, since 2003 the haussite continues to be shaped as an operational reference with which to consider other offshoots and different routes.
Interviews on haus.0
Helmut Draxler, "Der allegorische Impuls des Kuratierens", springerin Herbst 2001
Wendelien van Oldenborgh, "Letter from Stuttgart, A Conversation with Fareed Armaly",
NICC journal, Frühling 2001
Gabriele Hoffmann,"In der Schusslinie", die tageszeitung, 04.12.01
Dietrich Heissenbüttel, "Netzwerke der Erkenntnis", die tageszeitung, 3.12.02
On Fareed Armaly: reviews / interviews/ cv /
haus.0 introduction (1999)
haus.0 opened in 1999 two addresses: www.kuenstlerhaus.de, and Reuchlinstr.4b. The program introduced a renovation in Künstlerhaus that redefined a clear relation between entrance, stairway, second and fourth floor spaces that continues onto the new website. Together these two addresses match the character of the program's emphasis on culture and identity narrated by a language of interfaces, links and search patterns.
haus.0 is set up as a net generated by links between the program 'plug-ins': computer website, audio- video- and print-media libraries. Invited participants develop this plug-in philosophy through search patterns on both addresses, where inquiry, resource and presentations are developed with project frameworks. These are navigated by the computer area and browser, indicating the shift away from architectural space and narrative onto hypertext and a new scripted space.
The role of an artist space is to remain open in the search for balance between shifting inquiry and resources, and as such cultural institutions that remain closer in spirit to media than to exhibition halls. Künstlerhaus Stuttgart had often stated that it supplies the hardware for the artistic direction as the software. haus.0 introduced the changed logic of the web-browser in orientation to contemporary media. It charts out correspondences between transforming notions of artistic praxis and an artist-initative space in a time of transition.