hans haacke: all connected

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Images & videos from a visit to “Hans Haacke: All Connected” at the New Museum a few weeks ago.

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Large Condensation Cube, 1963-67
Clear acrylic distilled water, and climate in area of display

“I have partially filled plexiglass containers of a simple stereometric form with water and have sealed them. The intrusion of light warms the inside of the boxes. Since the inside temperature is always higher than the surrounding temperature, the water enclosed condenses: a delicate veil of drops begins to develop on the inside walls. At first, they are so small that one can distinguish individual drops only at a very close distance. The drops grow — hour by hour — small ones combining with larger ones. The speed of growth depends on the intensity and the angle of the intruding light. After a day, a dense cover of clearly defined drops has developed, and they all reflect light. As the condensation continues, some drops reach such a size that their weight overcomes the forces of adhesion and they run down the walls, leaving a trace. This trace starts to grow together again. Weeks after, manifold traces, running side by side, have developed. The size of the drop varies according to its age. The process of condensation does not end. The box has a constantly but slowly changing appearance, which never repeats itself. The conditions are comparable to a living organism that reacts in a flexible manner to its surroundings. The image of condensation cannot be precisely predicted. It changes freely, bound only by statistical limits. I like this freedom.”

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Grass Grows, 1967-69
Earth and grass

“An early version of this piece was produced for a solo exhibition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. The conical version was first executed for the exhibition “Earth Art” at the Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, in 1969. I believe this was the first exhibition in the United States of so-called Earth art. I piled soil in the center of a room, seeded the mound with grass, and the seeds did what they do under halfway decent climatic conditions: They sprouted and grew. Therefore the title Grass Grows.

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Ephemeral works, 1967-72
Photographic reproduction of documentation of selected ephemeral projects

“The working premise is to think in terms of systems: the production of systems, the interference with and exposure of existing systems. Such an approach is concerned with the operational structure of organizations, in which transfer of information, energy, and/or material occurs. Systems can be physical, biological, or social; they can be man-made, naturally existing, or a combination of any of the above. In all cases, verifiable processes are referred to.”

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Sphere in Oblique Air Jet, 1964-67/2011
Weather balloon, helium, fan, laminate, wood, and air jet.

Blue Sail, 1964-65
Chiffon, oscillating fan, fishing weights, and thread

“From the beginning, the concept of change has been the ideological basis of my work. All the way down, there’s absolutely nothing static…nothing that does not change or instigate real change.”

Wide White Flow, 1967–2006
Electric fans, white silk fabric


All artwork descriptions written by Hans Haacke

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