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Hans Haacke

Castles in the Air

Creator: José Luis Espejo
Speaker: Luis Mata
Podcast: Inaudible
Thanks to: Miguel Espada, Ruth Pérez Chaves
  • Image 1 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Calle del Arte Figurativo, 4, parcela 5.53.1B)
  • Image 2 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras, entre la Calle del Arte Conceptual y Av. del Cerro Milano, Parcela 5.39 O)
  • Image 3 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras entre Calle del Arte Conceptual y Av. del Cerro Milano, parcela 5.39 O)
  • Image 4 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculabras entre la Calle del Arte Conceptual y la Calle del Arte Figurativo, parcela 5.46)
  • Image 5 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de las Suertes-REBAJAS)
  • Image 6 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. del Cerro Molino con Calle del Arte Expresionista, parcela5.32A,B)
  • Image 7 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Calle del Arte Pop, parcela 5.31D)
  • Image 8 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de la Gran Vía del Sureste con Calle del Arte Pop)
  • Image 9 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras con Calle del Arte Conceptual, parcela 5.46.3)
  • Image 10 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras con Calle del Arte Conceptual, parcela_5.46P)
  • Image 11 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras entre Calle del Arte Concelptual y Av. del Cerro Molino, parcela 5.39 O)
  • Image 12 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebras entre Calle del Arte Conceptual y Av. del Cerro Milano, parcela 5.39 O)
  • Image 13 of the program Hans Haacke
    © Hans Haacke/VEGAP, Madrid, 2012 Castles in the air, 2012 (Ensanche de Vallecas, Av. de Valdeculebtas entre Calle del Art Conceptual y Ave. del Cerro Milano, parcela 5.39 O)

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Hans Haacke (Cologne, 1936) is considered a pioneer of what has come to be known as institutional critique, a branch of conceptual art that emerged at the end of the 1960s. In this interview, the artist explains the project Castles in the Air (2012), conceived specifically for the Museo Reina Sofía. The piece explores the current state of a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Madrid called Ensanche de Vallecas, where Haacke finds images of the ruins that attest to contemporary society in Spain. The work also lends its name to an exhibition presented from 15 February to 23 June 2012. In the interview, Haacke explains the process of conceiving and undertaking this small study of Madrid’s outlying areas and the state in which the landscape has been left by the construction and economic crises. In this post-apocalyptic space, inhabited houses share sidewalks with cement skeletons, all in a neighbourhood where the streets are named after different art styles of the 20th century. Conceptual Art Street with its empty houses. Pop Art Street and its ad posters. Antonio López Street where, this time, the emptiness of the urban spaces is very real. All of these photographs, which form part of the museum exhibition and can be seen in part on this page, reproduce those spaces. Haacke’s voice here is accompanied by recordings made in vicinity of this part of Madrid, creating a sound landscape of the city’s periphery, full of empty spaces and the vegetation that is recovering its place in the wasteland of vacant lots.



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