[AN]NOTATIONS of the countryside

Growth houses in the landscape
Still from ‘Tussen de kassen’ by Corné Strootman (forthcoming)

Film workshop

Surroundings Lab, in collaboration with Kunsthalle Exnergasse, is hosting an informal workshop and screening at Zukunftshof that focuses on the cinematic exploration of “countryside” as critical engagement with rural landscape transformation. The collaborative event intends to share ongoing work with the aim to invite more exchange, collaboration and experimentation.

Values of landscapes

The event focuses on [an]notations of the countryside in the broadest sense: Experiments and explorations of notational tools to document the values of landscapes as they are experienced and sensed in time, sound and movement. Values emerging through acts of curation. Interesting findings and concepts noted in margins of ongoing art projects, research papers, or acts of design. In short, work that can inspire and be enriched by the comments of peers. Artists, scholars and designers present work that relates to one of three themes. The presented work is reflected on in moderated sessions and informal discussions.

Find more information at the Surroundings Lab webpage


The conference is taking place May 19th 2023 at Zukunftshof, Vienna, Austria



In focus is filmmaking and media mediation as method to explore, qualify and discuss how sensing, experiencing, perceiving, understanding micro-macro complexities, plants-soil-world interchanges, a seeing through other species, and architectural responses to the changes lacking form carefull levels of production.

11.00 Opening and introduction of the day & participants
11.30 Annotations 1: Other spices – vegetal life perception (presentation 45 min. + questions 15 min.)
Unstable bodies project • Christina Jauernik (IKA) • Johann Lurf (IKA) • Fabian Puttinger (IKA) • Rüdiger Suppin (IKA) • Christian Freude (TU Vienna) • (Institute for Art and Architecture, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria)
12.30 Reflection/discussion
Moderator: Rikke Munck Petersen


14.10 Annotations 2: Human – land interconnection (presentations 20 min. + questions 10 min.)

Hongxia Pu, PhD student (UCPH) Revealing the Unseen: China’s Vernacular Landscapes on the Brink of Collapse
Corné Strootman (NL) Video-Essays: Eidetic images of pioneering agricultural landscapes

15.00 Reflection/discussion
Moderator: Renzo Sgolacchia
16.00 Annotations 3: Relational redefinition (presentations 20 min.+ questions 10 min.)

Lisa Penz, PhD student (IKA) Shaping the Continuous: landscape as unsteady ground
Rikke Munck Petersen (UCPH) Film as worldmaking - below, above, beyond soil

17.00 17.00 Reflection/discussion
Moderator: Christina Jauernik


20.00 Closing screening/lecture: Filmmaking’s ecological and political impact?
Hans Christian Post (SDU) City-countryside interrelationships, planning and politics based on his film “Best in the World”, 2022
20.30 Closing drinks and round table discussion







For questions regarding contents and practicalities please contact Surroundings lab director, Associate Professor Rikke Munck Petersen



Sponsored by Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Copenhagen; Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna; Zukunftshof, Vienna, and the Drone Imaginaries Research cluster, University of Southern Denmark


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