Elisabeth Czihak, Absence (2006)
from Elisabeth Czihak is a photographic documentation of a communal apartment building in Vienna’s 19th district. At the time when the original series of seventy-seven photographs was taken, the building had been abandoned for about two years. In addition to the exterior shots of the five access staircases, two interior shots were made in each of the thirty-six apartments.
Czihak’s work, that documents the aesthetic traces of former inhabitation, is the first in a curated series of images by artists, designers and researchers highlighting the cross-overs in material and visual culture embraced by Design History and Theory department.