EXH 011 Lob der Sinnlichkeit – Praise to the Sensuality Dieter Kienast 1999/2000
Semperhalle ETH Zürich
© Anders Sune Berg
Text: after Anette Freytag | Dieter Kienast.
Stadt und Landschaft lesbar machen (2016),
p. 390, 392, 395
By dealing with the medium of the moving image [video], he [Kienast] turned increasingly to the question of how the components central to landscape architectural design, such as spatial design with living materials or its phenomenological possibilities, can be conveyed. Weather conditions — rain, wind, snow, sun and shade — and the changing times of day and seasons are also elementary for the perception of landscape design.
Kienast wanted to install a presentation of his work in the main hall of the Semper Building as a prelude to his teaching at the ETH. (...) For the exhibition in the middle aisle of the main hall, Kienast had planned four rectangular "gardens" bordered with slabs of green Andeer stone. Each one was to be covered with a layer of gravel of a different color. Instead of plants, plans and video monitors embellished the garden squares.
In the exhibition itself, visitors walked through the individual "gardens" between the plans and monitors, alternating between visual and haptic experience, while some of the children literally touched the gardens and built castles out of the gravel.
All following images:
© gta Ausstellungen, ETH Zürich
© Lehrstuhl für Umwelt und Landschaftsarchitektur
D. Kienast, 1998