We are one but we are two–we are two but we are one within the signature, a collaboration, a production phase, a setting, within and towards the world. Hammann von Mier is in constant shift, outputs are temporary results of an ongoing self-definition related to the tasks, strategies and possibilities of being an artist. These investigations are accordingly translated into the aesthetic format of an exhibition or acted out in public events and collaborations.
Fixed setting, easy game development, self-conquest We use training as a term for a recurring method in our collaboration which gives rhythm to the artistic output. Training as an intense phase of action within a fixed setting: pre-determined or self-determined arrangements, situations or locations create frames in which we unfold inherent potentials, the material of our engagement. On the one hand, this approach is a playful one without a pre-determined goal. Training implies overcoming inertia, starting to move via handling material, via orientation within a given space and via the reciprocal movements of two players. On the other hand it contains an implicit challenge towards a new approach, a new piece of work. A repetitive physical act as a form of investigation or production. Push it.
We work so much and work so much and yet somehow there's hardly anything that remains materially... what are we doing? Make something out of nothing. A specific location gives and retains the main material to work with. We incorporate the space with precise interventions, minimal conceptual and excessive mechanical–plaster/render/paint/grind down. The space defines the content, the content defines the space. Our installations include sculptural, graphical and performative elements in mutual relation. Generating links between objects, space and context is our interest.
Construction. Reconstruction. Extension. Consistently objects, imagery, moves or terms are being picked up and applied to new forms, functions and correlations. We keep our objects alive through constant translation into different forms, we don't stick with one single medium. A plastic, a video, a performance, a publication, a poster, a print, a website, a garment are logical forms resulting from the idea behind. The translation of a motif into another medium dissolves the absolute status and perception of a single object. It aims towards an abstract system of things that can affect and refer to each other. Existing pieces of work are potential material for future works.
Trust the uncertainty of that which is without reference... we are not performers, nor sculptors, nor publishers... We do not remain focused on one subject, we work without clear-cut references, we think without a banister. This is our demand for autonomy. The publishing house for artist books as a self-organized and constant space, an independent format in which collaboration is possible and desirable. It mirrors our attitude as artists in active relation to the world. Starting as a formal representation of this idea, our logo has become a constantly reappearing graphical element throughout our work. Hammann von Mier is an autonomous, uneconomic brand, which incorporates what Hammann von Mier should become. Hammann von Mier will be the Gesamtwerk.
Stefanie Hammann and Maria von Mier have been working together as a duo under the name Hammann von Mier since 2012. Reflections on the conditions of collaboration form a recurring subject in their work. We are on but we are two – we are two but we are one. The emphasis in their work is on sculpture: sculpture itself, as well as graphical and performative elements form – via overlap and mutual references – installations which are specific to their location and the space they inhabit. The term “player” serves to underline the function of both artists as performers.
A setting describes the specific conditions of space and time as well as existing parameters such as the subject of an exhibition or the format of presentation
(exhibition, talk, book fair, etc.). The respective setting determines particular starting points and/or fields of movement for action.
An intense work phase within a fixed setting is called “training“. The term implies a ”beginning to move“ and is characterised by a mutual exchange; both players are active at the same time. On the one hand this approach is of a playful nature, trying out different tools and skills without a pre-determined goal. On the other hand, it implies a certain challenge, a striving towards achievement, an expectation.
Branding describes the process of a ceaseless self-identification and handling of signs as codes or graphical symbols. Typography of the name as image. Graphical images as representation.
Hammann von Mier is a collective of two visual artists based in Munich, Germany. Its founders, Stefanie Hammann and Maria von Mier, have been working together as a duo since 2012. In 2013, they established Hammann von Mier Verlag, a publishing house for artist books.
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Curriculum Vitae (71.4 KB)
Construction. Reconstruction. Extension. text by Kerstin Stakemeier (1.71 MB)
Hammann von Mier. text by Anja Lückenkemper (44.6 KB)
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