With Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist. the HDA – House of Architecture presents documents that have never before been on public display and seminal works by Superstudio from the archives of Graz institutions Neue Galerie and steirischer herbst in combination with contemporary digital positions by young artists and architects from all over Europe.
The radical conceptual approach of Superstudio, a group of architects and artists founded in Florence in 1966, made 20th-century architecture history with the socio-critical design proposal The Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization (1969). The first and only constructed version of this design was realized in 1969 in Graz as part of the three-country biennial trigon 69: architektur und freiheit [architecture and freedom].
50 years after Superstudio responded to the zeitgeist of the 1960s with a criticism of the notions of progress that defined that era, artists and architects of a younger generation now examine the social conditions that accompanied the production and reception of Superstudio’s ideas. Influenced by digital image production, they have developed an immersive environment for the exhibition Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist., which investigates the role of architects as space designers and explores the future potential of architectural tools. The presented positions address the increasing virtualization of the present, questioning not just reality but also the agents that refer to it.
Participating artists and architects: (ab)Normal, Hironaka & Suib, Robin Klengel / Leonhard Müllner, Lion & Unicorn, Vojtěch Rada, Stéphanie Roland, Bernd Trasberger and Superstudio
Curated by: Ludwig Engel and BB Mak
Exhibition design: Julia Volkmar
Program coordination: Markus Bogensberger, Zerina Džubur