ATMOS Workshop

WHERE: Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Austria
WHEN: March 2013
CLIENT: Salzburg University of Applied Arts

Over 2-days we worked together with a group of multimedia art students from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and set the brief to create a proposal for an artistic intervention for the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier’s potential new arts program. We were invited by Norbert Karlsböck for a site visit and to make a number of experiments and interventions to guide the development of a full proposal.

We were looking at the potential to create artistic interventions on the glacier that both raises awareness around climate change and creates an attraction for visitors in all seasons.

Each group was given an intervention kit in order to experiment and intervene in public space – the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. The intervention kits are tools to manipulate atmosphere and stage experiments and allowed us to work with AIR/ WATER/ LIGHT. The interventions became props for photographic and film work that allowed us to work beyond human scale and spatial boundaries in order to speculate on what could be.

An intervention can be described as the act of disrupting and re-routing a current pattern, flow or dynamic. An intervention is a ‘pattern shifter’ an action-based change agent. A pattern can be a way of thinking, behaving or navigating, or an infrastructure, physical or virtual. We are looked for opportunities for transformations on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier.


  • Make light travel
  • Slow down time
  • Hide something huge
  • Redirect the flow
  • Make water dance
  • Turn something solid
  • Turn something liquid
  • Evaporate
  • Trace a path
  • Connect a point in history with a point in the future • Worship the sun
  • Repeat one of the above actions more than once