(The Building), an installation by artist Hito Steyerl, tells the stories of the Brigdehead Buildings,
whose erection was closely connected to National Socialism's history of terror. Using the buildings as a
focal point, it uncovers the traces of everyday life under the National Socialist regime.
confronts the building and its surroundings as they appear today with archival documentation,
material evidence, and eyewitness interviews. Its stories are told in five video displays, mounted in the
building's commercial space.
Directed by the architect Gabu Heindl a map, which is the translation of a time-based historic diagram,
was publicly chiseled chronologically into the building's façade. It shows the trajectories of the stories'
protagonists - forced by National Socialism's terror across the world. The removing the plaster reveals a
symbolic map of forced labor, displacement, and annihilation.
Auftraggeberin / Client
Linz09 - European Capital of Cultural 2009
Planungszeit / Planning Period
2008 - 2009
Errichtungszeit / Construction Period
17. - 21. February 2009
Zusammenarbeit mit / Cooperation with
Architektur - Mapping - Ausstellungsdesign / Architecture - mapping - exhibition design