Since 1994, Johannesburg has served as a reference point for Hobbs’ artistic and curatorial insights into the apartheid city turned African city – with a particular interest in the impact of defensive urban planning and architecture on the behavioral aspects of city and society. The resultant urban decay that develops in such conditions evolved Hobbs practice into consultative processes on the role of art in public space relative to urban design frameworks commissioned by the city. More recently through his exhibition work with David Krut Projects, Hobbs’ urban defensive knowledge has broadened to research and production inspired by the spatial planning of WWI and WWII military installations on the continent of Africa and abroad.

Stephen Hobbs graduated from Wits University with a BAFA (Hons.) in 1994. He was the curator of the Market Theatre Galleries (Johannesburg) from 1994 to 2000, Co-Director of the purpose built Gallery Premises (2004-2008) at the Joburg Theatre. Since 2001 he has co-directed the artist collaborative and public art consultancy – The Trinity Session. And since 2004 has co-produced a range of multi-medium urban and network-focused projects, with Marcus Neustetter, under the collaborative name Hobbs/Neustetter.



May 1, 1972, Johannesburg, South Africa


1990-93 B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.



Ghost Ships. Special Project, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

Permanent Culture at 1800 metres. David Krut Projects, Johannesburg

Permanent Culture. David Krut Projects, Cape Town

SAS Somerset and other war stories. 2050, Cape Town


JAG/SNAG. The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg     


Very Special Places. Krings-Ernst Gallery, Cologne.

Be Careful in the Working Radius. David Krut Projects, Johannesburg

Activities on the Grid, US Gallery, Stellenbosch.




Hobbs/Neustetter, Renaming the City, Ars Electronica “Post City” Festival, Linz.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Hobbs/Neustetter.Temporary But Permanent: Projects. MOAD, Johannesburg


Johannesburg in Print: Ubuntu Festival. Carnegie Hall, New York City

Temporary but Permanent. Hobbs/Neustetter. The Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth

The Imaginary Corpse. Hobbs/Neustetter. Subtle Tech Festival, Toronto


Platform 1. Hobbs/Neustetter. Gift Festival, Gateshead

My Joburg. La Maison Rouge, Paris.

Bessengue B’etoukoa. Hobbs/Neustetter. SUD Trienniel, Douala

ATAYA. Hobbs/Neustetter. French South Africa Seasons, Johannesburg/Paris.


10 Years Onair: Review. Hobbs/Neustetter. MOAD, Johannesburg

Temporary Museum of Art. Hobbs/Neustetter. Havanna Bienniel, Havanna

Intangibles. Afropixel Festival, Dakar



Building treatment, landscaping and pool design for the residential development: The Craftsman’s Ship, in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

USA lecture tour developed by David Krut Projects, New York, in collaboration with institutions in Detroit, Cleveland, Connecticut, St Louis and New York.


Justin Fox. The Hobbsian Line – Permanent Culture, David Krut Publishing, 2015

Keith Baine. Destination Africa Profile. Britisih Airways – High Life Magazine, February 2015

Melvin Minnaar. Meditation on War and Subterfuge, Mail and Guardian. 13 March 2015

Toni Muir. Celebrating Urban Decay, Slow Mag, Ed 5. Pp 16-18. 2014

Hobbs/Neustetter. Temporary But Permanent. Published by The Trinity Session. 2014

Loren Kruger, Imagining The Edgy City, Oxford University Press. Pp 205-234. 2013

Jacqueline Nurse, Be Careful in the Working Radius. David Krut Publishing, 2013

Stephen Hobbs: Be Careful in the Working Radius: POP-UP book. David Krut Publishing, 2013

Mary Corrigall. Feature. Sunday Independent, Sunday Life, Nov 11. 2012

Sean O’Toole. Feature. Art South Africa, Bell Roberts Publishing. Winter Issue, pp 84-89. 2010

Onair. Published by The Trinity Session and The Joburg Theatre. 2009


New York Public Library. Smithsonian Library. SASOL Collection, SA. South African Broadcasting Corporation. BHP Billiton, SA The Johannesburg Art Gallery. Merrill Lynch Europe, UK. Private collections, South Africa, Europe, USA