Great Space Walk

A personal experience in five days.

From your bathroom through a church, alpine meadows and stony deserts back into your daily life.
Numerous conversations with hikers, experts in futurology, church visitors and alpine pasture operators have resulted in a precisely composed audio piece whose tracks are assigned to specific stations along the way.

(Original title: Großer Welt-Raum-Weg)

Subject to change
Grosser Welt-Raum-Weg
© Mirjana Vrbaski

Christoph Viscorsum in collaboration with Andreas Hagelüken (Artists)
Aleida Assmann, Hubert von Goisern, Wanda Golonka, Herbert Grill, Christoph Hüthmair, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Veronika Kirchner, Jutta Leskovar, Anna Morbitzer, Stefan Nuspl, Christian Öhler, Edith Pühringer, Rebecca Raue, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Ariadne von Schirach, Harald Stachelscheid, David Steindl-Rast, Anne Tlach, Harald Welzer and others (voices)
Moritz Appich, Thomas Bold, Clava Grimm, Teresa Kaineder, Martin Lengauer, Titus Maderlechner, Peter Raue, Julia Stoff, Mirjana Vrbaski, Thomas Wendrich and others (Team)
Bad Ischl parish, Kirchliche Projekte 2024; Bad Ischl tourism association; Austrian Alpine Association (Salzkammergut section, Upper Austria regional association) (project partners)

Lisa Neuhuber (Head of Programme remembrance culture)


About the project

How can I feel the future? The “Great Space Walk” is an audio artwork by Christoph Viscorsum in collaboration with Andreas Hagelüken. The multi-day hiking tour gently guides us from our seemingly perfectly prepared world into a radically primordial wilderness: through 14 listening and experience spaces, from the privacy of our own bathroom to the Bad Ischl parish church to the Rettenbachalm, onwards into the stone desert of the Totes Gebirge and back to our own everyday lives.

Audio tracks on the smartphone serve as mileposts, which can be listened to with headphones at precisely defined points along the way. The voices, woven into meticulously composed collages, come from in-depth interviews Christoph Viscorsum conducted with church visitors, alpine farmers and experts from various disciplines. They include cultural scientist Aleida Assmann, mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, mountain guide Christoph Hüthmair, social psychologist and futurologist Harald Welzer, musician Hubert von Goisern, author Ariadne von Schirach, philosopher Elisabeth von Samsonow and monk and spiritual teacher David Steindl-Rast. Their voices converge with the listeners and open spaces for thought and reflection, searching for the bond between humans and the universe.

The “Great Space Walk” is accessible until the end of 2035.


Katholische Kirche in Oberösterreich - Diözese Linz