Where do you feel at home?


The attention paid to the topic of homeland in the recent past speaks for itself: Heimat is in vogue, is being discussed, re-evaluated, marketed or appropriated. The idea that Heimat is a given constant shaped by autobiographical background is being revised.

Homeland is produced here claims the Heimatfabrik and shows homeland as a dynamic product that is continuously created anew and individually by people from the raw materials of landscape, politics, economy, language, dreams and society. Heimat is changeable, random, highly individual and eludes rational access.

The multi-layered and individually composed profile of homeland and the topicality of the discussion can be experienced in the Heimatfabrik. The factory metaphor points to the production character and processuality of Heimat, the architecture of the exhibition building evokes a deliberate association with the provisional: Home is not only produced during Expo.02, but everywhere and always. The temporary production site in Murten offers visitors an inspiring atmosphere that confirms existing homelands, makes alternative homelands possible or points to new homelands.


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Canton of Bern
Canton Fribourg
Canton Jura
Canton Neuchâtel
Canton Solothurn
Canton Vaud
Canton Aargau

Authors, scenography, architecture
d-case GmbH (new: Holzer Kobler Architekturen GmbH) (Barbara Holzer, Frank Dittmann, Nadine Felix, Jeppe Kleinheinz, Lena Kleinheinz, Jordy Jaderek), Zuich www.holzerkobler.com

Artistic installations
Marcel Biefer www.biefer.com, Comenius Röthlisberger, Markus Schwander, Gerda Steiner, Jörg Lenzlinger, Ingrid Wildi, Mauricio Gajardo

Sound design
Knut Jensen

Lighting design
Delux Theatre Lighting, Zurich

Lighting design
WBG AG für visuelle Kommunikation (Susanne Isenegger), Zurich www.wbg.ch 

Architect envelope
AJN Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris, France www,jeannouvel.com
Partner: GIMM Gauer Itten Messerli Maria, Berne www.gim.ch

Planning Statics
Moor, Hauser & Partner AG (deleted), Berne

Planning of building services
Amstein+Walthert, Zurich www.amstein-walthert.ch 

Project management
Techdata AG, Berne www.techdata.net

Steering Committee (Delegates of the cantons)
Dr Anton Menth (President)
Monika Jenk (Canton Bern), Raphael Fessler (Canton Fribourg), Stéphane Berdat (Canton Jura), Valérie Falbriard (Canton Jura), Jean-Marc Barrelet (Canton Neuchâtel), Hans Hofer (Canton Solothurn), Denis Alber (Canton Vaud), Dr. Katja Gentinetta (Canton Aargau), Vérèna Gaillard (Espace Mittelland)

Media contact partner
Vérèna Gaillard (Espace Mittelland)

Responsible Cantonal projects Expo.02
Lisa Humbert-Droz

Coaching Expo.02 
Danielle Nanchen (Head)
Martine Anderfuhren

Photos: Press kit Heimatfabrik; © Andreas Mosimann; © Archive Ralph Ammann; © Philipp Zanatta