CIRCUMSTANCES has been developed since 2018 by Felix Bachmann Quadros and Manuela Bernasconi for Xocolat, association for the mobility of creativity.

Project director: Felix Bachmann Quadros

Project manager: Manuela Bernasconi

Graphic design: Chiara Bertin

Research Partner: HumanTech

HumanTech supervisor: Francesco Carrino

HumanTech developer: Robin Cherix

Implementation Partner: Canenero

Supported by: InnoSuisse (Innocheck) for research and innovation/
Loterie Romande.

Instrumented by: Xocolat

Current status: Website preliminary development (online) /
implementation strategy (available upon request)/
desktop browser design completed (available upon request)/
funding and partners for beta stages.

Launch date to be defined upon completion of beta stage implementation strategy

WHAT IS HOST ARTIST NETWORK? (ha.n) is a motor for cultural dynamics. It works towards a membership based digital instrument that connects artists and social communities by establishing a direct relationship, a threefold solution for artists (travel, research, dialogue) and a patronage and cultural involvement opportunity for hosts. is a response to a need for flexibility and dynamism, it opens a conduit between art and society to provide for real life encounters, it allows for the development of new artforms, and enriches the social fabric.

Understanding the value of an artist’s work and its direct relationship to society, ha.n provides effective answers concerning reduction of physical habitats for art, and through evolving languages and formats. Addingly, ha.n transfers a much sought irrigation at the basis of creative processes and stimulates artistic exchange despite current, and possibly long term, geographic and economic restrictions. 

A host offers personal space, experience or environment, to act as ground for an artistic intention to develop. Allowing for artists to have a direct contact with their hosts puts forwards exchange dynamics and the concentration of creative energy. There is a practical availability that connects what is needed for the reverberation and growth of artistic life. is an empowering act; it generates dialogue, encounters, creativity and enriches the social texture.


VALUES acts as a complementary lining to intense institutionalisation of artistic creations. It is a response to the standardisation of creative processes and hardened social mobility. Most artists find themselves applying for grants, subsidies, residencies, and filling work dossiers addressed to bureaucrats. ha.n performs a turnover on current stagnation trends and finds new ways of generating “place” for art to happen. There is a potential space at stake. Where does art live? Who decides? Who is paying for it? How much of the burden is being taken by artists themselves and how much on tax payers, and by consequence institutions? 

The established relinquishing and submission of art to institutional procedures and government bodies promotes neither direct encounters nor the building of an audience. Consequently, this procedure hinders the cultural and social development of a community and art as a profession, and ultimately as a service. Between society and art there is a space that belongs to the members of a community and its artists. Through this space lies a potentiality that responds to the specific and heterogeneous needs of specific social environments. This space must be respected and cannot be exploited or occupied by public or private institutional intermediation.’s artists, hosts and partners make it possible to safeguard active dynamics and the development of coherent solutions independent of outdated structures and systems. excludes all manipulation of information, it transforms society towards dialogue amongst its parts, and accepts chance encounters as value.


Conceptually developed by Felix Bachmann Quadros and created in collaboration to technical research by HumanTech and supported by InnoSuisse, Xenia, inspired by the Greek goddess of hospitality, is a smart matching algorithm at the core of

Xenia understands and matches the hosts’ offers and interests with the artists’ “intentions” (travel, research or dialogue). This matching will also be based on what we call a “Spin factor”, i.e., micro-movements of chance factors towards an auspicious creative encounter.

The identification of the possibilities and limits of Xenia are an important issue during the development and implementation of the beta stage. Xenia is based on sentiment analysis for text and on a set of rules. During beta stage we will refine information required to generate enriching encounters and the most appropriate solution for our instrument’s functionality. Xenia’s long term development includes the implementation of “soft words”, associated through specific creative processes towards the gathering of transitory “pools”. This provides for an internal dynamic motor that is inherently stimulating and addressing resolve.



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