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Frame Construction

by Haus-Rucker-Co
documenta 6, 1977

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documenta 6
Frame Construction


This accessible sculpture from the “Provisional Architecture” group serves as a gaze-directing device. It demonstrates the process of selective vision and the function of the picture frame. Suspended from an arm in front of a slightly inclined framework structure at the edge of the slope leading from Friedrichsplatz to the Karlsaue is a smaller frame. The frame cuts out a segment of reality and turns it into a landscape picture. Viewers who enter the installation become objects of observation themselves. Visitors who walk around the frame along a side walkway find themselves in the picture, where the experience of framing is repeated in the direction of the Orangerie. A view of the city center opens in the opposite direction. As an object devoted to the demonstration of perceptual theory, the Rahmenbau belongs to the same category as observatories, sundial structures, and other historical architectural works designed to help the individual find his place in the web of cosmic relationships.

Property of: Stadt Kassel


Haus-Rucker-Co: This group of architects, designers, and artists founded in Vienna by Laurids Ortner, Günter Zamp Kelp, and Klaus Pinter in 1967 and joined by Manfred Ortner in 1971 was involved in a number of projects devoted to architectural criticism and environmental issues until 1992. The group maintained a studio in Düsseldorf in 1970 and another in New York from 1971 to 1977. Haus-Rucker-Co took part in documenta 5, 6, and 8.