What is HoFaLab?
HoFaLab is your digital workshop to learn and make things yourself in your neighborhood.
HoFaLab stands for “Honigfabrik Laboratory”. It is a combination of the words “Honigfabrik” (often shortened by locals as “Hofa”) and “Fab Lab”.
A “Fab Lab” (Fabrication Laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. A Fab Lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab_lab)
Who is HoFaLab?
HoFaLab is composed of five heads, as well as other active members.
The five heads 🙂
Henner is a media artist fascinated by technology, and enthusiastic about the liberalization of the means of production. Piet is a computer scientist researching algorithms for supercomputers at the Helmut Schmidt University. André is an industrial engineer, programmer and employee at the HafenCity University. Thierry is an aircraft engineer working for Airbus, also involved in the Repair Café Wilhelmsburg. Roman is social economist and manages the Northern Germany Branch of Oikocredit.
Luisa [co-founder of HoFaLab]
Luisa is an Italian artist and architect that co-founded HoFaLab in the Honigfabrik. She is currently in “exile” in Italy, but will also stay with HoFaLab in spirit.
Why start HoFaLab?
HoFaLab is open to (Media-)Artists, Tinkerers and anyone interested.
HoFaLab is since 2019, as part of the anstiftung/Offene Werkstatt, a place for creative production & artistic research. In everyday life, we want to learn to set technology in a self-determined and responsible way. We are the middle point for people with and without expertise. We focus on the shared experience of the practice. For that purpose, we promote through workshops the appropriation of new technology and production in the neighborhood.
We are therefore committed to the 3 following principles:
- ARTISTIC RESEARCH :
Use those technologies to explore new creative approaches and develop artistic languages.
- BASIC DIGITAL LITERACY :
Bring a new laboratory in the district to share basic knowledge about digital technologies.
- EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY :
Enable and inspire the neighborhood in order to raise awareness about local issues.
Where is it happening?
HoFaLab is located in Hamburg, Germany. More specifically in the cultural center Honigfabrik in the district of Wilhelmsburg. The Honigfabrik has been a major cultural center in Wilhelmsburg since the 1970s. Everyone can get involved and join in. Thereto, you can visit one of the countless open workshops – make use of the car workshop, the wood workshop, the metal workshop or one of the art studios. The diversity of the Honigfabrik has no borders, making it an important meeting place in the district. The Hofa is self-determined, artistic, artisanal and social. HoFaLab is the logical evolution of Hofa for the future.
When is it happening?
Tuesday meetings take place in our room over the “Holzwerkstatt” (yard of the Honigfabrik). Creative Afternoons and Workshop are organized on Weekends on the FSG Houseboat, next to the Schute on the Veringkanal.
WARNING: Due to Corona, Tuesday meetings do NOT currently take place.