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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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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Hausbaumaschine

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.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis