Hontoban emerges as the signature for Anthony Bannwart in 1993. Over years of studies his work comprises hundreds of drawings and close to one thousand pages of personal writing and research organized into logbooks. Developing works that escape absolute completion is crucial to the methodology and research practice Hontoban has been pursuing: one that intersperses perspectives of the personal and the other into historical and social artistic practice.
OPEN NOTIFICATION about participation to NOW JUMP! : I received an invitation by the NJP Art Center last summer to write a new project upon a subject that is in many ways fascinating. We launched our future collaboration through the promissing and evocative festival NOW JUMP, and its Station 3; a workshop was planned in Korea during the festival, in order to write and discuss the project with a Korean point-of-view and expose the perspectives of this new project. With understanding for the state of the project at this stage, and the financial crisis storming around us, we postponed the workshop for now and for the better. Nevertheless, I could developp new ideas from Switzerland, and soon will publish a website detailing the project. This new project will be written and directed over a year, together with the NJP Art Center, and include eventually external participation by scientists, musicians, and other artists. Hontoban - Anthony Bannwart