The Hummelman has walked into the office. No one's there anymore. He's left behind, the god of the work floor and bureacrazyness. His friend Mammon died, so there are no jobs and no offices required any longer. ..The Hummelman sits there surrounded by empty coffeecups and dehydrated water coolers. The plants to spice up the office have died, dried up just like the ink to stamp the disapproval of the humans on any document they had received in past time. The hummelman was their conscious, it was the force that led their existence, their mantra to wake up and go into the big squared object they called office.
In the hierarchy of the office, Hummelman was god no.1, followed by the board, consisting of shareholders and director and then there was the staff on the work floor. They were so scared for the papers to be shredded, these papers meant contracts, meant security, to them it meant life. Shredding a contract meant game over.
The hummelman receives gifts from the humans, in the form of papers filled with pencil marks. He would send them back after he ate bits and pieces from it, as he loves pencil marks. The humans then read the future in them and called them chartpies and development graphics. He would sometimes wonder around the office when people were working, and notice how they didnt notice him as they were so caught up in their huzzy buzzy the wiffy biffy of their so called busy-ness, no time to waste. What were their concerns?
In him there was no logic, nothing to please him. Hummelman is like a wild beast with no prey. One day he will fade out, as his rubber isn't eternal. He's not allowed to go outside, his skin will break, but he yearns for the sun. That's why you always see some lights in the office block turned on. That is for the hummelman. He's afraid of the sun and the dark.
Hummelmania has been performed at The Watermill Center New York, Quadrennial of Performance Design & Practice Prague, the Design Museum in Milan, Birmingham Art Weekender curated by Fierce Festival, Tetem "Wild Thing" curated by Bart Hess Enschede, Museum of Everything Kunsthal Rotterdam, Playstation in Amsterdam , Art15 Olympia London Central Saint Martins London, Marres Maastricht and others
Hummelmania has been featured in Wallpaper Magazine, Hollywood Reporter Wall Street Journal Wallpaper Magazine, Hamptons Art Hub, Harpers Bazaar, Caitlin Guide, Art Daily, BizBash, ZDF, PQ15 Catalogue, Academice Journal for Costume Design for Performance, Artefact, Artforum, Art Daily, Artsy and others
Hummelmania has been performed by , Charlotte Gash, Scarlett Lasoff, Olivia Norris, Niko Wearden, Betti Rollo, Mette Sterre, Maroeska Mulder, Sonia Bareiro, Michiel Tollig, Christina Sotiropoulou, Genevieve Giuffre, Georgie Lucas- Going, Peter Crips Clark, Denise Roosenboom, Jaap Tojo, Aicha Klei, Doreen van der Meer, Rosanne Groenendijk, Kiersten Meehan , Anne Sophie Cochevelou, Arthur Prader, Gladstone Makhib,Ivan Cheng, Elisa Ghysels, Katerina Hola, Aled Williams, Saskia Vranken, Tatiana Delaunay, Matilda Eldon McCaig and others
"hummelman", costume made of 30 kilo of rubberbands. Photo by Iamivar.