Marjan Colletti & PDNB in conversation with Markus Neuwirth (Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LFUI)

Tutor: Theresa Uitz

Students: Albrecht Daniela, Baltaci Fatma, Altagracia Spannring, Bauer Kilian, Bichler Leo, Birkendahl Linus, Fröwis Alexandra, Hamedinger Oliver, Navarro Preuß Luis, Kang Sheen, Koc Beritan, Pepin Thibault, Hannah Pinggera, Taylor Helme Gabriella Lucy, Teufel Fabian, Tonitz Raphael, Tripolt Catalina Julia, Pleifer Manuel

In the Baroque, extravagance, virtuosity, and exuberance manifested themselves through a particularly excessive variety of built forms. Rich and spatially highly complex figurations led into other dimensions and orchestrated everyday life. The remains of these built compositions still breathe to life the spirit of the past epoch. Concentrating on the purely formal aspect, these entities can now be considered as being merely analogue and therefore form an ideal basis for approaches of playful digitalisation. 

The city of Salzburg, a stringently composed baroque ensemble, offers a promising field for exploring these phenomena. To grasp the inherent structure of such figurations in their entirety, students first investigate the historical backgrounds and record individual elements of this ensemble. These fragmentary observations and the resulting photographic documentation then trigger a detailed geometrical examination of the selected fragments. This allows conclusions to be drawn about their significance in the overall context, as well as the structure of the entire spatial configuration. A final iterative process of remodelling these fragments via digital modelling tools fully unveils their inherent logic. At the end of the semester, students exhibited their anatomical drawings of fragments alongside formal and historical analyses, photos, and physical models.

The results of the research were used to conclusively discuss the concept and terminologies of ‘Baroque’ in a multidisciplinary event with Markus Neuwirth (Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LFUI) . Parallels between the analogue baroque concept and the postdigital neobaroque mentality were discussed, as well as the importance and the integration of digitisation in research-led education.