Johannes Kuhn

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.

Erinnerung, Ehrung, Leugnung

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.

Es ist akut

Poster, 2020

Lampedusa Hamburg Manifestation

Sculpture, 2020
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 squares. 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.

Import Export

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.

Right to city library

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 doesn't, 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.

TARMAC festival

Poster, 2020

Label collective

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.

Dérive HafenCity

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 detail.

Sounds of Wilhelmsburg

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 inflatable sound body was installed where visitors could collage sound pieces from the collected material. Project by collective yvjo.


Website, 2018
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 and digital everyday practices. Project by collective yvjo.

Satellit Kreativquartier

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“ was 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 quarter. 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 scene 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.

Fachschaft Architektur

Website, 2017
Website for the student council of the University of Architecture and Urban Planning Stuttgart. Project by collective yvjo.