Second Nature

Haus-Rucker-Co. , Flyhead, Viewatomiser and Drizzler, Environmental Transformers, helmets to isolate the wearer from the outside world, 1968

Haus-Rucker-Co. , Flyhead, Environmental Transformer, 1968

Haus-Rucker-Co. , Yellow Heart, 1968

Haus-Rucker-Co. , Mind Expander, 1967

The Austrian Haus-Rucker-Co. was founded by a group of architects and artists in Vienna in 1967. In 1970 Haus-Rucker-Co. opened an studio in Düsseldorf and another in New York in 1971.
Between the 1967 and 1968 created a series of conceptual devises under the sign of second nature – the fusion of the naturally grown and the artificially created –, with which would have been possible to experiment new sensorial experiences.

Mind Expander, 1967
The seat shell fixes two persons in a certain position. The lower seat allows one person to sit with their legs slightly open. The thigh of their right leg rests against a step forming the transition to a second seat area that is higher by the thickness of a thigh.
A helmet-like balloon that is connected with the seat can be tilted over the heads of the two people seated. Their heads thus are enclosed a narrow cylindrical space that is covered by a glass-clear plastic dome above which a transparent balloon hovers. A series of lines and stamped-out shapes made of reflective foil are placed on both the dome and the surface of the balloon in such a way that, depending on whether you concentrate on the level closer or further away from you, the elements constantly overlay each other to form new patterns.

Environment Transformer, 1968
are appliances that change sensory impressions for a limited time in a visual and acoustic way. The processes of seeing and hearing are drawn out of their habitual apathy, separated into their individual functions and put together again as special experiences.

Yellow Heart, 1968
The idea that a concentrated experience of space could offer a direct approach to changes in consciousness led to the construction of a pneumatic space capsule, called the 'Yellow Heart'. Through a lock made of three air rings one arrived at a transparent plastic mattress. Offering just enough space for two people it projected into the centre of a spherical space that was made up of soft, air-filled chambers. Lying there one could perceive that the air-filled "pillows", whose swelling sides almost touched one, slowly withdrew, that is to say the surrounding space appeared to expand, finally forming a translucent sphere and then, in a reverse motion, flowed out again. Large dots arranged in a grid on the outer and inner surfaces of the air-shells changed in rhythmic waves from milky patches to a clear pattern. The space pulsated at extended intervals.

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