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

Communication & web design: Chiara Bertin

Research Partner: HumanTech

HumanTech supervisor: Francesco Carrino

HumanTech developer: Robin Cherix


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


Current state: funding and partners for beta stage launch.


Beta stage launch July 2020 /

@soon to be communicated.

WHAT IS HOST ARTIST NETWORK? (ha.n) is a membership based web platform 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 artistic formats, and enriches the social fabric.

Understanding the value of an artist’s work and its direct relationship to society ha.n provides valuable answers concerning reduction of physical habitats for art, and through evolving languages and formats. Addingly, ha.n will transfer a much sought irrigation at the basis of creative processes and stimulate artistic exchange despite current, and possibly long term, geographic 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 creative dynamics, dialogue, rich encounters, and the concentration of energy. There is a practical availability that connects what is needed to reverberation and growth of artistic activity. 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 aims to turnover current stagnation trends and find new ways of generating “place” for art to happen. There is a potential space at stake. Where does art live? 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? is an empowering act, generates dialogue, encounters, creativity and enriches the social texture.




The established relinquishing and submission of art to institutional procedures and government bodies does not promote direct encounters and the building of an audience. Consequently, this procedure hinders the cultural and social development of a community and art as a profession. Between society and art there is a space which 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 that society. 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 to the needs of a society independent of outdated structures and system. excludes all manipulation of information, it transforms society towards dialogue amongst its parts, and accepts chance encounters as a value.


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

Xenia will understand and match 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.


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