rkshop Steinhaus Ossiacher See

Workshop Steinhaus Ossiacher See

by Tobias Klein & Dietmar Koering

LINK: http://virtualrealitiesalpengluehen.blogspot.com/

Workshop Steinhaus

Hegelian Dialectic – manufactured alpine landscapes – between simulation and


3 models – a lake – reflections and a thesis – its antithesis and the synthesis combining

qualities into a projection of a new manufactured alpine landscapes landscape into the

dislocated site of the Steinhaus.

You need:

a laptop and/or material to work through the making of physical and/digital

models in order to explore the notion of artificial – manufactured landscapes,

articulating and attitude through the dialectic model of Thesis – antithesis and


We want:

01 3 models – digital or physical articulating your thoughts onto the prototypical

site of Obergurgel, establishing a first reaction between your concepts and the

reaction of the site.

02 A constant feedback conversation that culminates into a reflexive site

dislocated installation/projection of your alpine ideas into the Steinhaus surfaces

- an immersive projected environment.

03 a direct engagement and speculation on the ideas and reflection of simulation

and simulacra.

04 a copy of the film Manufactured landscapes

05 sustenance in solid and liquid form

We have:

a couple of questions and ideas regarding the nature of

01 manufactured sublime

02 entropic snow

03 poetic ecologies

04 resonating voids

05 ornamental hubris

06 celebratory simulacra

Some thoughts:

01 In the Oxford English Dictionary a mountain is defined as “a natural elevation of

the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and

attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or



If we were able to take as the finest allegory of simulation the Borges tale where

the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up

exactly covering the territory (but where, with the decline of the Empire this map

becomes frayed and finally ruined, a few shreds still discernible in the deserts

— the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction, bearing witness to an

imperial pride and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the soil,

rather as an aging double ends up being confused with the real thing), this fable

would then have come full circle for us, and now has nothing but the discrete

charm of second-order simulacra.


Hegelian dialectic, usually presented in a threefold manner, was stated by

Heinrich Moritz Chalybäus as comprising three dialectical stages of

development: a thesis, giving rise to its reaction, an antithesis, which contradicts

or negates the thesis, and the tension between the two being resolved by

means of a synthesis.

04 In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with larger

amplitude at some frequencies than at others. These are known as the

system’s resonant frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic

driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system

stores vibrational energy.

Resonances occur when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy

between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and

potential energy in the case of a pendulum). However, there are some losses

from cycle to cycle, called damping. When damping is small, the resonant

frequency is approximately equal to a natural frequency of the system, which is

a frequency of unforced vibrations. Some systems have multiple, distinct,

resonant frequencies.

05 The law of entropy, or the second law of thermodynamics, along with the

first law of thermodynamics comprise the most fundamental laws of physics.

Entropy and energy and their relationship are fundamental to an understanding

not just of physics, but to life (biology, evolutionary theory, ecology),

cognition (psychology). The major revolution in the last decade is the

recognition of the “law of maximum entropy production” or “MEP” and with it

an expanded view of thermodynamics showing that the spontaneous

production of order from disorder is the expected consequence of basic laws.

06 energetic systems including movement in space

07 urban space and its habitat

08 food generating systems /// it is obvious that we can not really feed the planet

anymore, with the food we know. Therefore we have to change our

consciousness about food how it should taste, feel and look like. This leads us

to the logical conclusion that we have to feed the planet in future with insects

as real food for mankind ???

09 creating of metabolist maps which links together intelligent systems, like

exploration of solar fusion, geologic power, biologic photosynthesis, lunar

gravitation, etc.

10 Therefore also studying in modern mapping techniques. — 3 dimensional

maps, animated maps which react? Use of think mapping software like the


11 Please reconsider the material stone, which is the consequence of the

dominant trace of the mountain itself. How can this material in future be

interpreted? How are artificial stones burned, would it be possible to burn

something new, like the use of the extracted biological mass of beings burned

into porcelain? Would be the city itself in the end a city out of porcelain.

12 Is this new construct in the end a virtual prosthetic which will recuperate our



We have 4 days in the “Steinhouse”, so please focus on tasks to be effective.

Monday: Arrival, basic research etc. start with THESIS MAP

Tuesday: Full day of work; Tobias arrival – REACTION ANTITHESIS

Wednesday: Full day of work, personal tutorials etc. research SYNTHESIS

Thursday: Full day of work with presentation of work in the evening

Friday: Back home

Please do have also in mind that the workshop at the Steinhaus is limited, therewith

you have to bring everything you need with you. Also little tools etc, if you want to built

physical models. Please bring also speakers, so we have some music during the


Please also have a look at the book “Utopie” by Thomas Morus from 1516. What

does this term mean and is it still applicable today?

Ludic City related to the Fun Palace by Cedric Price

The meaning of New Babylon by Constant as first state of a virtual cyberspace.

Gibson “do electric sheeps dream” -> dev. of cyberspace