Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas About Credits Related

About the project

Madrid 2013

Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas is a temporary pavilion that held a number of discussions between children and adults, with the assistance of marionettes, to debate the ethics contained in the tale of Hänsel and Gretel. It was constructed on the roof of La Casa Encendida, the most active cultural center in Madrid.

The structure was composed of more than 6,000 hanging decorative objects and toys, a cloud of colorful light plastic elements, all of them designed originally to awake desires in people of different ages, mass produced by de-located industrial networks. The construction offers a post-market version of the witch’s use of gingerbread cookies to trap the children.

Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas is Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation’s contribution to the dialogue “La Terraza de Hänsel y Gretel” with artist Federico Herrero, curated as part of the program En Casa by Luisa Fuentes at La Casa Encendida (Madrid).


Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation


Design and Production Team:

Roberto González García, Paloma Villarmea, Santiago Benenati, William Mondejar, Diego Penche, Daia Stéeová


Children Interaction:

María Jaque



Carmen Ovejero,  Silvia Talacková


Discussion Board:

Elena Casado, Andrés Fernández Rubio, Miguel Mesa, Ruth Toledano


Photographs and video:

Miguel de Guzmán (Imagen Subliminal)

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