Symposium Frederick Kiesler. Arts and Correalities

Thursday, 20.10.2022, 10 am – 7 pm
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Auditorium
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7
1030 Vienna

One-day symposium in collaboration with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, marking the 25th anniversary of the Frederick Kiesler Foundation based in Vienna.

In the 1930s, Frederick Kiesler (1890−1965) developed the theory of Correalism as a transdisciplinary research method in architecture and design. It was based on the latest findings of systems theory, biology and the technical sciences and has called for the combination of empirical scientific research, holistic human-centred design and the practical testing of emergent knowledge.

Kiesler’s neologism contains the terms co-realism and correlation, referring to the interrelation of three environments: the natural, the human and the technical environment. The human being is at the centre of these interrelations, which Kiesler also refers to as interacting forces.

In addition to Frederick Kiesler, Richard Buckminster Fuller and Victor Papanek, among others, anticipated much of what is now called trans- or interdisciplinary working methods. Kiesler, Fuller and Papanek exemplify the synthesis of art, humanistic design, and technological innovation.


10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Welcome and introduction
Rector Gerald Bast (University of Applied Arts Vienna) and
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (Board members of the Frederick Kiesler Foundation)

10.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Co-Realities: Clarification of terms
Correalism. Articles, Manifestos, Manuscripts: Gerd Zillner (Director, Friedrich Kiesler Stiftung)
Correalism:Laura McGuire (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)
News from the Archive of the Visionary: The Vision Machine:Dieter Bogner, Founding President Frederick Kiesler Foundation
Heretical Modernism: Frederick Kieslers Framework of a Design Science”Gerd Hasenhütl (University of Applied Arts Vienna)

1 – 2 p.m. Lunch Break

2 – 3.30 p.m.
Correlations: Historical context
Fuller-Kiesler-Lönberg Holm. The Structural Study connection and SHELTER Magazine, 1932:Joachim Krausse (Berlin)
Victor Papanek and Frederick Kiesler: A Real and Imagined Relationship: Alison Clark (University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Menschen, Kunst und Architektur. Ein Manifest des Korrealismus“. Frederick Kiesler‘s Response to Sigfried Giedion and the 6th CIAM-Congress 1947:Almut Grunewald (gta Archive, ETH Zurich)

3.30 – 4 p.m. Coffee Break

4 – 4.15 p.m.
Presentation: INTRA Applied Correlation Laboratory, Doris Krüger (University of Applied Arts Vienna)

4.15 – 5.45 p.m.
Archeology of the future/​/​Prospective scenarios of the past: Activation for the here and now, current discourse
Intro: Wolfgang Fiel (iCP, University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Homo spatius, Barbara Imhof (LIQUIFER Systems Group)
Lucie Strecker (Artist and Researcher)

5.45 – 6 p.m. Break

6 – 7 p.m.
Final Discussion (Moderation Stefan Hilpold)

Concept by Gerd Zillner and Wolfgang Fiel