Johannes Kuhn works as a designer in Hamburg. The projects are research based and often relate to spatial practices. The works include interventions, posters, exhibitions, publications, websites, installations. In 2015 he founded the collective yvjo for design and research together with Lukas Yves Jakel and Kristiane Fehrs. Since 2017 he works as a docent at the HafenCity University Hamburg in the Department of Architecture. He writes articles on urban politics for the Marxist newspaper klassegegenklasse. His projects have been published among others in form Magazin; Deutschlandradio; Süddeutsche Zeitung; Swiss Radio SRF2 Kultur. Recently he was part of an exhibition in Halle6 Munich and speaker at the symposium Kunst ist Zwecklos at PORT25 Mannheim.
Book design, 2020
Continuities of right-wing tradition in Southern Germany. Written by Max van Beveren. Right-wing and revisionist remembrance did not end with the defeat of fascism in 1945. Their continuities are recognizable until today in the villages of the alpine upland. Research shows that there are many unknown memorials, signs and monuments that openly honour Freikorps associations, Nazi officials and military units.
In a collaboration between the refugee group Lampedusa Hamburg and the Studio for Experimental Design, a four
meter high wooden sculpture was created. It is a monument against racism, deportations and oppression.
Urban research, performative intervention, sound installation, 2018
SPACE IS THE PLACE is an exhibition in Halle6 in Munich based on the 1974 science fiction film about
the jazz avantgardist Sun Ra. It is an attempt to save the world with the help of art. The collective
yvjo participates in the exhibition with a performative research and a sound installation. Together with
the visitors the quarter was explored. Through a performative live mapping, places with special
qualities were marked with red balloons. Apparently unimportant spaces in between became central
Small passages became central axes. Hidden benches became popular meeting places. The inflatable S-BASE
was the central point of the mission. This was where all the collected information was gathered. The
sound installation was the result of a two year research project in which the neighbourhood was asked
about the development of the quarter. With a loudspeaker van, 200 collected demands and statements were
sounded through the area. Project by collective yvjo in cooperation with REMARK from Amsterdam and
Christian Schnurrer from Munich.
Website, poster, booklet, since 2019
Import Export offers artists and socially engaged people a space for interdisciplinary
experimentation. It is a neighbourhood meeting point, event location, project room, café and canteen. Cooperation with Nicolas Bernklau.
Installation, since 2018
The library includes selected publications on the subject of right to the city. It will be installed
at various locations to initiate a critical discussion on the topic of neoliberal urban development.
The library is accompanied by discussion events, podcasts and interventions. Right to the city is the
fight against gentrification and rent increases. It is also the fight against racist police controls,
exclusions in social housing and bans on begging. In cities it is negotiated who belongs and who
has access to resources and who doesn't. Right to the city is a social movement for solidary cities! The
last stations were the exhibition "5000 Zimmer" in Munich and the University of Architecture and Urban
Planning Stuttgart. Project by collective yvjo.
Website, record cover, since 2018
Label collective with Lukas Yves Jakel and Martin Georgi.
Exhibition design, 2019
Symposium, Exhibition, Political Forum. #EXIST is an exhibition about space for art in the
Halle6 in Munich. Parallel to the exhibition, there was a campaign that addressed the lack of studios
and the low income of art workers.
Urban research, psychogeographic maps, since 2017
In workshops at HCU Hamburg, architecture students took city walks in HafenCity and produced
psychogeographic maps. The collection of drawings documents the construction process of a new district.
It shows how open spaces are eaten up by construction sites and buildings are raised. It shows the
search for spaces of experience and adventure in a city that has been planned down to the last
Urban research, sound installation, 2018
In a two day workshop, architecture students from HafenCity University Hamburg took sound walks
in Wilhelmsburg. They made psychogeographic maps, photographs and sound recordings. The material
was used as a basis for an experimental examination of the district. At the FlohZinn flea market an
sound body was installed where visitors could collage sound pieces from the collected material. Project
The online platform StadtKulturen was developed in cooperation with the study program Culture of
the Metropolis at the HafenCity University Hamburg. This site sees itself as a contribution to
cultural studies urban research and focuses on the connection between theoretical concepts of the city
digital everyday practices. Project by collective yvjo.
Urban research, critical urban development, since 2018
Satellit Kreativquartier is an initiative which was founded in 2018 by collective yvjo. The aim
is to critically analyse the transformation process of the quarter and to accompany it with
interventions. With participation formats, productions of wishes, meetings and interviews the
perspective of the
users and neighbours is to be made visible. Therefore the online platform „Kreativquartier im Prozess“
developed to document the transformation of the area. Here you can find current impressions and voices
from the quarter, historical photos and plans as well as different visions for the future of the
The project is a cooperation with the Quartierbüro Munich.
Not far from Munich Central Station, at Leonrodplatz, there is one of the few free spaces for
large and small, social and creative projects. The City of Munich wants to redevelop the 20 hectare area
and establish a centre for creative industries. In many cities it can be observed that a free creative
as well as social projects fall victim to capitalist exploitation logic. So-called creative quarters are
part of a revaluation process that often leads to displacement.
Website for the student council of the University of Architecture and Urban Planning Stuttgart. Project by collective yvjo.