My Dreamhouse is not a House II


archive material: loan inhabitants Gerlitzgründe und Eilfried Huth

The exhibition “My Dreamhouse is Daydreams” was funded and organised by Steirische Kulturinitiative in collaboration with Forum Stadtpark

Winner of the Acquisition Prize as part of the „Contemporary
Visual Art Award Of The Province of Styria (AT), 2019
curated by Rada Iva Jankovic

Collected by Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz (AT)

exhibition views: solo exhibition, Forum Stadtpark 2019

“My Dreamhouse is not a House” deals with two of the first Austrian publicly funded participatory social housing projects by architect Eilfried Huth from the 1970s.

Huth (*1930 in Pengalengan, Indonesia) believes authentic aesthetic experience to be possible through a personal relationship with objects. In the 1970s, he was among the first Austrian architects to bring collaborative and participatory design, planning, and building processes to publicly funded social housing projects. Huth‘s projects Eschensiedlung and Gerlitzgründe were unique because no possibility of a participatory approach had previously existed outside the privately financed market. The working method he developed provided a form of collaboration where architects and prospective residents could meet on equal terms. In training courses, workshops, and discussions, Huth prepared the residents for the collaborative work, discussed topics of living, and trained them in spatial thinking. The structures resulting from these discussions were single, occupant-designed homes within residential blocks where no two houses look the same.     

The cross-media exhibition „My Dreamhouse is Daydreams“ by Julia Gaisbacher focuses on the housing estate „Gerlitzgründe“ in Puntigam / Graz. In three approaches, she looks at the participatory planning process and the inhabitants‘ relationship to the settlement since 1975. A series of photographs analyzes in a collage the diversity of the unique design of the buildings on a formal aesthetic level, and an arranged material archive gives an insight into the perspective of the residents and the architect. In the context of discussions between Eilfried Huth and the sociologist Doris Pollet-Kammerlander, a film portrait of the architect emerged in collaboration with the filmmaker Ulrich A. Reiterer.