rkshop Steinhaus Ossiacher See
Workshop Steinhaus Ossiacher See
by Tobias Klein & Dietmar Koering
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.
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
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
04 a copy of the film Manufactured landscapes
05 sustenance in solid and liquid form
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
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,
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
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