SOUNDSELEKTION Reduktion und Nuance als ästhetische Phänomene

Asmus Tietchens
Fine Arts and Media Art, Site Specific Art
2018S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02233


SOUND SELECTION. Reduction and nuance as aesthetic phenomena

In the more recent Viennese architectural history, the Loos-House at the Michaelerplatz is of particular interest. Its determined renunciation from Historicism and Secessionism is an early example for radical reduction - no decor, no embellishments. The architect Adolf Loos even wrote a polemic pamphlet in 1908 with the programmatic title 'Ornament und Verbrechen'.

In this seminar, the participants like to analyse with which   t o n a l   means the Loos-House can be equipped; this should not mean visual, but auditive ornaments. Are these sounding ornaments, 110 years later, in the sense of Adolf Loos still "crimes" nowadays? This will be discussed in the seminar. With the aesthetic repertoire of sound art, the participants should react to the exterior and / or the interior of the Loos-House, and try to find realisable solutions.

A compact overview of sound art, the different artistic approaches and their methods with a focus on reduction and nuance, as well as a short introduction to studio technology will be preceding any practical work.

Knowledge of electronic sound design and editing at the computer is desired, but not obligatory necessary. Reading recommendation: Adolf Loos’s "Ornament and Crime" (Metroverlag, 2012) Essays: 'Ornament und Verbrechen, 'Mein Haus am Michaelerplatz' and 'Die kranken Ohren Beethovens'

The course is held in German and English.

Asmus Tietchens (* 3 February 1947, Hamburg) is a German composer of electronic music and soundartist.

Examination Modalities

Participants are required to attend the course regularly, actively join the discussions and create a "musical ornament" or a sketch of it.


Die Kick-Off Veranstaltung der Abteilung Ortsbezogene Kunst findet am Do., 8. März 2018 um 10 Uhr im Seminarraum der Abteilung Ortsbezogene Kunst (2. OG, Paulusplatz 5, 1030 Wien) statt.

Bei diesem Termin werden die Lehrenden des Sommersemesters ihre Lehrveranstaltungen vorstellen.

Das Anmeldeformular für dieses Seminar liegt bei der Kick-Off Veranstaltung auf.

Key Words

Klangkunst, Architektur, Ornament, Musik, lowercase music, Sound, Reduktion


14 May 2018, 15:00–18:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
15 May 2018, 14:00–16:00, "Besuch des Loos-Haus, Michaelerplatz 3, 1010 Wien"
16 May 2018, 14:00–20:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
18 May 2018, 14:00–20:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space
19 May 2018, 14:00–20:00 Seminar Room Site-Specific Art and Sculpture and Space

Course Enrolment

Until 07 May 2018, 10:00
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co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (2.0 ECTS)