Haus-Rücker-Co. (*1967), Drawing of the 'Conference Room' for the project 'Wind Cover' at Museum Haus Lange (Mies van der Rohe, 1930), 1971. Photomechanical print from a pencil and coloured pencil drawing, 300 × 400 mm.
This art collective – we might call them the ‘house thief company’ or ‘house drawing company’– took its name from a pun on the verb ‘to draw’ and an old slang word for ‘thief’. Their projects during this period involved interventions in which a house or building would be ‘stolen’ and adapted to radical new uses. The proposed occupation of Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Lange covered the building with a wind cover and reinstalled its rooms to house visionary functions anticipating new media technologies, including a conference room in which all communication would be through tubes – an ironic variation on Ugo La Pietra’s exploration of the ambiguity of isolation and sociability.
On Carmody Groarke's alternative history of Haus Rucker's cover; on Ugo La Pietra's Uovouomosfera and Cellula Abatitiva, which explored isolation and sociability; on Matthew Day Jackson's inks over La Pietra's social sphere; on the distorted perspective of Mies van der Rohe's courtyard house, before any theft might have occurred; on another drawing in Haus Rucker's 'Cover' series; and for a drawing by another Austrian avant-garde collective Zund Up, who also used pink lines.