Masters in Art & Architecture Elective Studio — TUNING

CAR TUNING FOR ARCHITECTS
In this elective, we will focus on the world of car tuning and relate its languages, media, artefacts and masterminds to those of architecture. How does the wide spectrum of tuning culture relate to the built environment, its fashions and aesthetics? Tuning is understood as a modifying culture in which both performance and looks are altered. We believe that architecture derives its meaning from a similar and complex dance between performance and aesthetics, program and tectonics.

By diving deep into the subcultural field of automotive extravaganza, we will discover strategies, slang, tricks and metaphors that exist in our domains also, but only reveal themselves by means of our extraterritorial detour. The finale—finish?—of our seminar will see both worlds converge in the shape of high-level designs that (don’t) feel equally at home at the 24hrs of Le Mans and the Venice Biennale, in Japanese Performance Magazine and in San Rocco.



To become a unique species of petrol-archiheads, TUNING will progress through different stages:

Stage 101: TECH+THEORY+TRIP

TECH
Tech-wise we’ll individually prepare to reach a collective level in (car) modelling: per 2, select and execute a series of car modelling tutorials for Blender (newest edition), and apply these to one or more artefacts from this list:
◊ CHAMPIONS (Grcic)
◊ VOITURE MINIMUM (Le Corbusier)
◊ TOTAL FILLING STATION (Prouvé)
◊ FK8 STIFF PLATE (Spoon Sports)
   For Geeks:
◊ VOLVO PURE TENSION PAVILION (Synthesis Design + Architecture)

THEORY
Simultaneously we’ll drag ourselves into the car-tuning-meets-architecture landscape, and collect examples and stories from the past’s unavoidable encounters between these two cultural outlets. We’ll warm up with simple programs (houses for car collectors, Lingotto, Villa Savoie, drive-thrus) but, with everyone’s help, also taste some more personal and insider flavours (you like Japanese or German? Retro or futuristic?).

SPEED TRIP
On 12-13 October we’ll visit 100% Auto Live in Rotterdam, one of the major tuning events in Europe. We will prepare our weekend as a proper field trip, and devise a plan to execute on site. We will channel the aftershock of our experience into Stage II.

Twin Stage: PROTO-TYPOLOGIES
We will develop design briefs based on Stage 101, and execute individual projects. Weekly pin-ups on our pit wall run parallel to assembling a TUNING FOR ARCHITECTS encyclopedia / manual / log, which we will work on collectively as a true pit crew.

PRO Stage: PERFORMANCE of AESTHETICS of PERFORMANCE
Time to tune! The finalised typology designs will be put on the market, and small clubs of tuners (students ¯\_ツ)_/¯) will tackle a selected work to eventually let the worlds of wheels and space collide.

FINALE
Show ’n’ shine, 🏁 clubnight.

ADDITIONAL POWER
TUNING coincides with Pieterjan Ginckels' Master studio Paradigm Weekly (Brussels), its sister from another mother. Both share strategies and convictions, and combined would supercharge your semester.
Both are also potential prep for a magazine: Paradigm Weekly Misanthropozine (PWM) brings together provocative statements, explorative essays and critical performances of artists, architects, (policy) thinkers and makers. Every PWM issue will establish a fresh paradigm as a possible - underground - exit route away from disciplinary cults. The first issue (Tantric Urbanism) will launch this Winter, and its sequel will be based on the tuning topic. PWM#2 thus hinges on the studio and elective, but also on a Pieterjan Ginckels arts project, comprising three public SPEED TRIP performances in Tokyo, Spring 2020.


TUNING is an elective studio conceived by Pieterjan Ginckels and taught by Ginckels and Corneel Cannaerts at the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Sint-Lucas Ghent Campus. The studio is offered in the Fall semester, and starts on 4 October 2019.
Contact us for cross-university enrollment or to enquire about shorter guest programs; or to invite us for archi-tuning expertise at your speed events.



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