We are one but we are two – we are two but we are one. Within the signature, the collaboration, a production phase, a sculptural assertion, within the art world. This reflection keeps reoccurring in our work. The environment, the positioning in the environment and how we relate to each other are the fundamental features characterising our work. This work is mainly grounded in sculpture. Sculpture, graphics and performative elements form installations specific to their space and location via their mutual references.
Easy game development, strict selection, precise spaces. "Training" as a recurring process is a central element of our work and determines the rhythm of our artistic output. Training as an intense phase of work within a fixed setting – predetermined or self-determined arrangements, situations or locations create frames which delimit a scope of activities whose conditions influence our actions. Focus, speed and output are increased due to the time factor. ;-) On the one hand, this approach is a playful one, a test of various tools and skills without a pre-determined goal. On the other hand it contains an implicit challenge, implying a striving towards achievement, an expectation. Training also implies overcoming inertia, starting to move via handling material, via orientation within a given space and via the reciprocal movements of the two players, towards a new piece of work, a new approach, an extension of the current range of possibilities for action.
Object not as object itself, in its sheer three-dimensional existence. The aim of sculptural settings in “pause/play“ is not to create a completely finished sculpture, but an image of this setting on the surface which – seen as graphics – only works as viewed from a single perspective (from above). Graphical abstraction of a threedimensional installation. Modellike. A sculpture located only in a field of action and which lives on in the publication as an idea of a possible sculpture.
Trust the uncertainties of that which is without references, work with the space, the material... we are not performers, nor sculptors, nor publishers... We do not remain focused on a single subject, we work without clear-cut references, we think without a banister. Our artistic work aims towards the “oeuvre“. A construct without a previously constructed plan, being built by trusting an inner consequence, a logical sequence which will possibly result in one whole.
We work so much and work so much and yet somehow there‘s hardly anything that remains although we didn‘t say that we‘re working non-materially... what are we doing? “Hammann von Mier act out a steady output which seemingly tries to turn back the dial of its own development back to zero.” Construction. Reconstruction. Extension. Archiving, mapping, linking. The largest object storage spaces are our hard drives. The documentation of a steady output keeps all processes and states in focused and well-sorted collections of files. A potential which grows with the number of documents and with a steady picking up and reusing in new works. We develop our work out of the conditions of the format, from ourselves. Repetition is not interesting, existing works are potential material for new pieces of work. “Hammann von Mier ist a brand which is open to nowhere but incorporates what Hammann von Mier should become and what, with a meticulously uneconomic accuracy, will be made dissimilar to itself hereafter. Until it finally appears autonomous enough to automatically become a piece of work itself. So that it attains its own line of sight. However, it could just as well be picked up again, worked through further, again being made autonomous.” Collaboration is always part of the strategy: the pool, the line – in this way you get from one point to the next one.
It‘s always expected that you plan everything and that you can name famous names and locations... then you have to be satisfied with the answer... it‘s what you know... however, actually we work differently... one thing results from the other... LA is just another stop... but for whom? Places, institutions, formats of exhibitions and presentation, other artists‘ methods of working. The publishing house for artist books as a self-organised and constant space. The foundation of the publishing house as a decision for the establishment of an independent exhibition format in which collaboration is possible and desirable.
Stefanie Hammann and Maria von Mier have been working together under the name of Hammann von Mier since 2012 and in 2013 founded the publishing house for artist books of the same name which is part of their artistic practice.
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.
Stefanie Hammann and Maria von Mier graduated from the
Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2015. In 2016 they were awarded a US-travel-grant
for visual artists by the Federal State of Bavaria, which allowes them to travel the US for 6 months.
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Curriculum Vitae (1.64 MB)
Statement/Glossary (1.66 MB)
Construction. Reconstruction. Extension. by K. Stakemeier (1.71 MB)
Portfolio (9.26 MB)