AMIR YATZIV

 

hall of mirrors...|2019

live astronauts...|2019

standby painter|2018

another planet|2017

the fox and the crow|2017

man with two beards|2016

a journey...|2015

the national park|2015

crusaders|2014

we are attempting...|2014

the simultaniest|2014

paleosol 80 south|2013

superstition in the pigeon|2013

 hausbaumaschine|2013

this is jerusalem, mr. pasolini|2012

remission|2012

hollywood strings|2012

the german village|2011

antipodes|2010

the inflatables|2009

 arbeit macht frei|2009

detroit|2009

hausbaumaschine, 2013

single channel video 7'39'', plastic model, book, c-print

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The HausBauMaschine (House building machine), featured in 1943 by Ernst Neufert - who was Albert Speer’s main deputy at the German Ministry of Armament - hoped to fulfil the dream of the ultimate mobile factory. It was planed as a giant machine designed to construct  automatically full houses. Running on a continuous rail track it was meant to extrude all over occupied Europe a continuous ribbon of multi-story housing. But Speer’s plan never left the drawing board and the machine was left un-built. In this installation we see a current day adaptation of the historic HauseBauMaschine based on the original 1943 blueprints and text.

 

Under the guise of a study on architecture and technology, this work reveals the workings of the German ideological machine. In a humoristic, indirect approach, combining animation and ad-like features, emotionally charged issues are raised such as the regime’s cruelty and on a broader sense, questioning the formation of conceptions of history and the constitutions of power.

 

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Bauordnungslehre (Ernst Neufert, Albert Speer, 1943)| Book 28x38x5cm

blueprint from the 1943 book|c-print|35x51cm

3d printed model|nylon plastic|29.5x22.7x18cm