Review: Public inspection on 25 June 2020

Even if it didn’t rain or rained only a little before, at 18:00 the wind quartet of the Graz Linien played and raindrops fell from the sky. The following 90 minutes were a more or less humid happy event with some distance under several umbrellas or sunshades, which were provided by the helpful neighbours. So almost everything fit. Johannes Leitich successfully drew Beatrice Bucher’s distance concept and the outline of the Club Hybrid on the meadow the day before. Ten harvesting ladders were positioned so that the area was easily manageable. The Club Hybrid logo was positioned centrally. An ambitious setting, including setting a “Club Hybrid 2020” foundation stone.

Heidi Pretterhofer and Michael Rieper welcomed the guests, friends and participants to the public inspection in the rain and talked about the ambitious goals and programmatic priorities of the club. City councillor Günter Riegler, standing on a harvest ladder, spontaneously reported on the potentials of the various projects within the Kulturstadt Graz 2020. Wolfgang Malik, CEO of Graz Holding, also took part in the joint inspection. When the rain became less, Milan Mijalkovic climbed up a harvest ladder and recited “Kultur war Propaganda“. 

To ensure that the event is not forgotten, Ralo Mayer flew over the outline of the Club Hybrid and the network of routes before, during and after the rain. Another public inspection without rain will be made in summer, including harvesters and friends.

Many thanks to all supporters, contributors and visitors who defied the precipitation.

Paradigma »Hybrid« – eine Collage

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„Versetzen, Einfügen, Einwachsen – das sind die Umschreibungen der Aufpfropfung als einer Agrartechnik, mit der seit der Antike im Obst- und Weinbau Pflanzen veredelt werden. Dabei ist die Aufpfropfung nicht nur ein Verfahren, um (…) Pflanzen zu hybridisieren und damit eine quantitative und qualitative Steigerung der Erträge zu erreichen, sondern das Pfropfen hatte auch immer schon einen spielerischen, einen experimentellen Charakter – und tritt somit als eine Form biologischer bricolage in Erscheinung.“ [1]

„Zugleich bringt die Kulturtechnik des Pfropfens einen Begriff der Schnittstelle ins Spiel, der ein weites Feld kulturwissenschaftlicher und medientechnischer Implikationen eröffnet. Die Schnittstelle steht (…) für die Notwendigkeit, ein ‘Dazwischen’ (Debray) zu organisieren.“ [2]

„Dieses Dazwischen, so Debray, ähnelt dem, was Bruno Latour ,Hybride’ nennt, also Mediationen, die sowohl technischer als auch sozialer und kultureller Natur sind. Um mit derartigen Kreuzungen und Vermischungen umzugehen, sind wir sehr schlecht ausgestattet. Mit anderen Worten, es besteht Nachholbedarf: Gefragt ist eine Typologie von Hybridisierungsformen im Spannungsfeld von Vermischung und Vermittlung.“ [3]

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Invitation to the public inspection

Thursday 25 June 2020, 18:00, Herrgottwiesgasse 155/157, 8020 Graz, tram line 5, stop Lauzilgasse

Even if everything should already be ready now and the future seems somewhat indescribable to us, we refer to the demonstration building that will be visible in a year’s time and its future scenarios. Harvest ladders will help to determine the dimensions and maintain an overview. Together we explore the area at Herrgottwiesgasse 155/157 and discuss the concepts of future uses. The place markings illustrate the boundaries and refer to the necessary personal safety distance of at least two meters

We play the opening, which will not take place in 2020.
We play distanced collectivity.
We play not being at home.
We are playing public.
We play with Milan Mijalkovic and the Musikverein der Graz Linien.

Etudes for hybridization

“Hybrid” is a nice word: starts at the bottom, “hy” and quickly ascends: “id”. Delicate consonants. Symmetry hyb-rid. But one shouldn’t be seduced by letters, as the virus so impressively demonstrates.

Cow bells with saxophone, church bells with drum&bass, door bells with piano accompaniment. Polonaise. Steel helmets and pyjamas for the opera ball. Canceled.

Computer with petals. Printer with cheese cubes. Books with screwdrivers. Table with empty boxes. Staging and trying out hybrid situations.

We fill a washing machine with different coloured clothes, plastic toys, food, washing powder and start a gentle cycle.

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A hybrid view back

If we had made this Club Hybrid earlier, what hybrids might have been created:

1950: Car repair shop and dance school

1960: Hairdressing salon and music school

1970: Locksmith service and film club

1980: Second-hand shop and slot machine hall

1990: Feminist reading circle and body-building studio / fitness studio

2000: Mobile phone shop and Anarcho Group

2010: Children’s group and drama school

2020: Plant canteen for surrounding businesses and music rehearsal room

2021: Vegan confectionery and pest control (car to give up, virus protection, addiction counselling for stock owners / stock market players)

2022: Unemployed-Qualification and radiation-free hybrid idyll

Postponement, Spring 2021

Dear friends, partners, interested parties,

After much consideration and after consulting with all those responsible, we decided to postpone the Club Hybrid until spring 2021due to the current situation.

On one hand, this is a shame, of course, but on the other hand it also gives the opportunity to work even more specifically on the requirements that such a project entails. Therefore we ask, especially all interested and possible participants: Stay in contact with us, continue to exchange ideas and help us to create the basics, which lead to a successful start of the Club Hybrid in 2021. We’ll keep you updated as soon as possible. 

Thanks for your understanding,
stay healthy and best regards,
your Club Hybrid


Due to the current regulations regarding the spread of the corona virus, today’s information event has to be canceled. Thank you for understanding.

The planned film screening of “Der Stoff, aus dem Träume sind”, on March 18, 4:00 p.m. at the KIZ RoyalKino, will take place according to the guidelines of a maximum of 100 visitors. The Club Hybrid team will also be on site to answer any questions.

Program, platform, association

At the last meeting, the summer program, the various formats and the weekly schedule were presented again. Recommendations and ideas for the individual formats are welcome and will be collected by the Club Hybrid Team -> please send suggestions to

In order to intensify the exchange of living and working opportunities within the group, a digital platform is being sought that meets the requirements. Examples include Matrix/Riot or Basecamp.

Furthermore, the association to be founded represents an opportunity for the club hybrid to continue even after 2020. For this purpose, actors are being sought who take on formal positions such as chairman, secretary and finances. The team also accepts suggestions and interested parties.

Further dates: A first glance at the property will take place on March 6th, 2020, at 12:00, Herrgottwiesgasse 157, 8020 Graz. A next meeting is scheduled for March 11th, 6:00 p.m., place will be announced.

Review, program, association

Review eighth info meeting on February 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Forum Stadtpark

In order to provide an overview of the points discussed to those who were unable to attend, there will always be a summary of the previous information evenings at this point:

At the beginning of the last meeting, Michael Rieper presented the schedule and program of the Club Hybrid. The Club Hybrid will start operating at Herrgottwiesgasse 157 from June 25, 2020 to September 13, 2020. The program is based on a weekly schedule consisting of workshops, lectures, discussions, residencies, group meetings, etc. The following six major topics are hereby taken up: It’s already there! / Idea + planning / Mine – yours Wildly combining / World + model / Play with things.

In addition, a platform is to be established, digitally (chat) and in physical form (billboard), to enable different groups to exchange information with one another, to search for new members or land / buildings as a common living or working space. Finally, the reformulated statutes of the association to be founded were discussed. The planned changes will be sent out in a newsletter before the next appointment.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 27th, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Kulturverein oag, Lendplatz 33, 8020 Graz.

Eighth Meeting: Outlook

At the last meeting we had a visit from two residents of the Willy * Fred house project in Linz. Florian and Micha described the career of Willy * Fred and how the project was organized structurally and financially. The HabiTAT organization and its forms of support for projects and groups were also presented.

The next meeting is dedicated to our association again, including a proposal of the statutes and possible future scenarios. There is also an overview of the Club Hybrid program in summer.

Eighth Meeting: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz

Sixth meeting: structures & association

At the last meeting, we talked about requirements and needs in the context of working and living. In the joint brainstorming, the need for a structure for such a common project quickly became clear.

That means, we’re activating or creating an association!

At the next meeting, the following options will be discussed: founding a club, adopting existing structures or joining an association, such as a Habitat or Kumpanei. We are excited!

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. at Printi, Mariahilferstr. 30, 8020 Graz.

Fifth Meeting

Another information evening will take place on January 23, from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz. The aim of the evening is to define our needs and requirements for a future space. Working groups should explicitly explore room types, space requirements and needs so that they can later be based on concrete project ideas.

Fourth Meeting

Another information meeting will take place on January 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz.

Third Meeting

The second meeting was also the subject of intensive discussion and other potential locations were discussed. Also, autonomous initiatives and projects were presented and possible forms of organization of future residents were explored. Thanks to everyone involved!

The next meeting will take place on December 19, at 4 p.m., in Café Wolf, Annenstraße 18, 8020 Graz.

Living @ Club Hybrid? 2nd Meeting

Second event 10.12.2019, 18:00, Forum Stadtpark Salon

To clarify any questions, to find possible locations and to make further contacts, a second network meeting will take place on December 10 in the Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz.

First Meeting

One of the premise of Club Hybrid is that the ideas, visions and dreams of an ideal living space can be controversial. Thanks for the interest and willingness to exchange ideas – first possibilities were outlined, ideological and generational conflict potentials were explored and first cooperations could be initiated. Another meeting takes place on 10.12. instead, information will follow soon. 

Forum Stadtpark, Club Hybrid
Erstes InteressentInnentreffen, 13.11.2019, Forum Stadtpark

Living @ Club Hybrid?

Looking for residents

After experimenting in alternative forms of living and working the project will transform into a hybrid demonstration building that will be developed in collaboration with its future users. Currently we are looking for participants and interested people, who want to take part in the “Club Hybrid” and help shaping it – and finally, peers who can imagine moving into the demonstration building and relocating their places of residence and work to the “Club”.

Information event 13.11.2019, 19:00, Forum Stadtpark

A first presentation and a network meeting for all interested parties will take place on November 13 in the Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz.