Palazzo Ricci, a Castle in the Air
The Prevalence of the Height of Decision over the Width of Experience

Abstract: When a mountaineer loses their way on a rock face and can no longer continue without assistance, they must pick one of two options—either to return to the starting point or to leap into the dark and climb without enough knowledge toward the peak. Choosing the upward path requires courage, extravagance, and risk-taking because it is long and slippery, while the return journey takes one to the safety of firm and familiar ground. Under the title "The firmness of the ground and the forms of its loss," Otto Bollnow elaborated on this difficult dilemma. From his point of view, the heights and abysses on the upward path cause dizziness because being far from firm ground compromises our ability to stand. The mountaineer’s nightmare is that they may lose their balance and fall into a bottomless pit. They are trapped into a nameless fear, the fear of not feeling the ground under their feet—if they do not keep their balance, they simply fall. However, by overcoming the “weight of the earth” and the "fear of the earthly," they reach a higher viewpoint. "Extravagance depends for him (human existence) on a certain disparity between climbing up and stepping into the distance.


The articles in this journal edited by Georg Trogemann are the result of a PhD workshop on «The Poetics of Making» at Accademia Palazzo Ricci – European Academy for Music and Performing Arts, Montepulciano, from July 3 to 15, 2022. Featuring contributions on poetic making, meta tools, design, experience, perception, experimentation, aesthetic praxis, and critical thinking by Tobias Bieseke, Christian Heck, Steffen Mitschelen, Zahra Mohammadganjee, Christian Rust, Somayyeh Shahhoseiny, Georg Trogemann, and Natalie Weinmann.
Contributions by Tobias Bieseke, Konstantin Butz, Christian Heck, Karin Lingnau, Steffen Mitschelen, Zahra Mohammadganjee, Tiago Ive Rubini, Christian Rust, Somayyeh Shahhoseiny, Georg Trogemann, Natalie Weinmann.

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