In our current day and age of spectacle and excess, PLAT 6.0 Absence aims to offer a moment of pause and shift our focus to the quiet, unseen, unnoticed, and rare. This issue of PLAT constructs a nuanced reading of our discipline, arguing that the constant historizations and theorizations of the ‘built’ may have left ‘absence’ undertheorized. Whether tired, bored of, or in an attempt to escape what is constantly there, the editors and contributors of this issue are seduced by absence. Absence is used as a tool to see the world extraordinarily and re-evaluate the “present.” Perhaps it is a simple play of our prefixes: what is unseen is reseen; the deconstructed reconstructed; the indeterminate redetermined; and so on. The collection of work in this issue conveys the range of readings that arise from a word, arguing that, both semantically and derivatively, absence's meaning is manifold. Whether it is through focusing on absence as a physical, social, psychological, economic, destructive, or uncertain entity, the contributors of this issue unwittingly weave together to showcase the superfluity of interpretation.
With contributions from Daniel Abramson, Francis Aguillard, Michael Allen, Ryan Barney, Christian Bjone, Michelle Chang, Gina Ciancone, Alexander Colson, Chuck Diep, Laurent Dubuis, Will Fu, Vladimir Gintoff, Hasan Hachem, Drew Heller, Carlos Jiménez, Patrick Stowe Jones, Moritz Kasper, Nicole Kengyel, Joel Kerner, Jedy Lau, Rosalie Laurin, Stephanie Kyuyong Lee, Lluís Juan Liñán, Kobi Logendrarajah, Marija Marić, Kevin Pazik, Dillon Pranger, Curtis Roth, Bertrand Rougier, François Sabourin, Gioia C. Sawaya, Akshita Sivakumar, Daniel Springer, Micah Stanek, Alexandra Trianti, Benjamin Vanmuysen, Youngjin Yi, and Linda Zhang.
Published Spring 2017.