OTHER MATTER Exploring Spatial and Curatorial Strategies with Augmented Reality

Valerie Messini
Architecture, Architecture
2024S, Projektarbeit (PA), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04243



Does architecture always need to be physical? What ways of spatial expression, notation, extension, and new awareness can be achieved and designed through media? And what role could AR play in (re)programming and extending space, in exhibition design, performance spaces, or within the confinements of our habitat?

In this course, we will investigate the possibilities of virtual and augmented space populations through  playful use of digital technologies. We will look at different approaches of immaterial architecture in order to develop ephemeral, audio-visual objects, structures or installations which stand in dialogue and emulate new experiences in relation to an existing architectural context.


The course will teach and introduce students to:

  1. conceptual development of spatial strategies and thinking
  2. use of new/old media (3D, video, images) in innovative ways  for the development of installations
  3. the use of XR as a medium of implementation
  4. further the course will include a field trip (tbc.)

The outcome of the course will be shown at the Angewandte Festival 2024 in June. Other exhibition opportunities are under investigation.

Examination Modalities


Every 2 weeks (Fridays from 10am to 12:45 pm) with lectures, external input, conceptual development and feedback and continuous project development in mixed groups.

Regular attendance and active participation in group discussions. (30%)

Each participant is asked to give a presentation of the concept and the theoretical and technical background of the project (10-15 min) and hand in an exhibit until the End of May . The exhibit shall be a spatial investigation and critical examination and design proposal within the context of the venue using AR/VR for implementation. (50%)

Each participant is asked to provide feedback and project documentation(video and audio) to one other work. (20 %)



This seminar especially (but not only) addresses students of Architecture, Transmedia Art, Transart, Art and Science,  Cross-Disciplinary Strategies, Digital Art and  Experimental Game Cultures. The course is limited to 15 participants.

Note: It is administratively necessary to register for both LV with the respective numbers: 

S04211(Bence Pap) + S04243(Valie Messini)

Key Words

Augmented Reality, XR, WebAR, NewMedia, Architecture


08 March 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 10 , "Kick Off, Intro Lecture, Groups"
15 March 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 4 , "Conceptual Design Ideas, Feedback, Web AR, Outlook: Physical Counterpart"
12 April 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 10 , "Design Mock Up AR, Design: Concept, Material, Outlook: Interaction - Responsivnes"
30 April 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 7 , "Design Mock Up AR, Feedback, Outlook: Mid Term Deliverables"
13 May 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 10 , "MID TERM W. Guests"
27 May 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 10 , "Workshop, Troubleshoot"
07 June 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 9 , "Feedback, Mock Up with Physical Counterpart, Final Deliverables"
14 June 2024, 10:30–12:45 Seminar Room 4 , "Finals"
25 June 2024, 13:00–16:00, "Exhibition Setup Angewandte Festival (tbc.)"

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 10:30 to 04 March 2024, 12:45
Via online registration

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Instrumentarium: Experimental Strategies: Special Topics 443/004.21

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible