(An)notations of the countryside.

Film workshop by Surroundings Lab and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, May 19th 2023 in Zukunftshof, Vienna, Austria.

Still from ‘Tussen de kassen’ by Corné Strootman (forthcoming)

Surroundings Lab, in collaboration with Kunsthalle Exnergasse (wuk.at), 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 format, which aims to invite more exchange, collaboration and experimentation, is aimed at landscape architects, architects, filmmakers, photographers, artists, archaeologists, writers and scientists, as well as anyone interested in the sensory experience of the ecological present, past and future of our environment.

Surroundings Lab is an open knowledge hub, a source of inspiration and a forum for interdisciplinary meetings. However, the global pandemic that followed shortly after the 2020 Surroundings Lab London seminar 'Landscape Storytelling' made it harder to share and discuss ongoing work.

This follow-up workshop aims to re-ignite the informal exchange of work and ideas within the Surroundings Lab.

The event focuses on (an)notations: Experiments and the exploration of notational tools to document the values of landscapes as they are experienced and sensed in time, sound and movement and emerging through an act of curation. Annotations of interesting findings and concepts made in the margins of ongoing art projects, research papers, or design proposals. In short, the event intends to share ongoing work that can inspire and be enriched by the comments of peers.


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 (presentation45 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


14:00 Annotations 2: Human - land interconnection (presentations 20min. + 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 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

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.