Hütte, Addis Ababa, 2012 (process photo) | eucalyptus wood, corrugated metal, rope, steel springs, electric motor, 2 x 3,8 x 2,5cm
Hütte (2012) is a site-specific installation featuring a hut made of locally grown, vertically arranged eucalyptus wood and corrugated iron. Julius von Bismarck built the hut in accordance with traditional construction techniques of Ethiopia, which do not include any diagonal elements. Hütte (2012) is equipped with a motor that sets the structure in motion, causing the building to lean slowly to one side until the formerly vertical boards are inclined by approximately 35 degrees. While all vertical lines tilt, and all horizontal lines shift, the hut becomes a parallelogram. Repeatedly moving upright before tilting in the other direction, the hut finally collapses, lying sprawled flat across the ground.