M ultimedia / I ntegration / X -Disciplinary
Prof. Linn Song, Prof. Karin Sander
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Wolfgang Jäger, Assistant im MIXstudio
Interior architecture and design disciplines are firmly
embedded in culture, society, and time. They influence and are influenced by
art, sociology, psychology, geography, philosophy and politics, to name just a
few important examples.
The MIXstudio was founded in 2008 by Professor Linn Song and
attempts to take a holistic look at many facets of design and uses social engagement
as a pedagogical / didactic resource (so-called "service learning").
Example projects are "Stop-Motion Film Workshop" with children and
youth from a „Hauptschule" and Multicultural Youth Center Westend, Munich,
a "Tree House for Disabled" for the City of Munich, "Orchestra
Without Eyes" in collaboration with the music pedagogue Janine Schmidt of
the Ludwig-Maximillian University of Munich, and "Radlos," a mobile
bicycle repair shop, built for the Youth and Family Support Department of the
social services organization Caritas in Rosenheim, and most recently a garden
pavillion "Hard Shell / Soft Core," designed for, and built with drug
addiction therapy patients from a clinic near Rosenheim.
Although the agenda and parts of the program of the studio
often appear to be more theoretical in nature, the concept of the studio
emerges out of the idea that theory and practice are in essence the same thing.
They manifest themselves sometimes in different "languages" and
forms, but both are an attempt to take on current trends, to understand their
relationship with the past, and to subsequently make speculations about the
future. The boundaries are fluid and the issues into which we delve are
intended to help promote this understanding, since the strict separation /
organization of separate categories tend to support a very narrow view of the
discipine of design and the world. The question of "depth" in inquiry
will still be relevant - but yet it must be approached differently in
combination with a "breadth” in understanding.The work of this studio
hopes to bring new impulses from "marginalized" areas of our
discipline into our conscience, or even into our main "field of
vision" in order to bring issues, problems, and inspiration for the present
and future into the light of study and action.
Every two years, a new theme that draws upon
interdisciplinary topics will be defined by the co-directors of the MIXstudio,
Prof. Sander und Prof. Song; sometimes separate, sometimes collaboratively,
dependent upon interests and expertise. WIthin the following two years
projects, seminars, trips, workshops, and lectures will be organized and
carried out. The idea of „Multi-Media" (analog/digital, multi-sensual,
written/drawn/built) will also serve as a guide in the development of the
program. Following the "Designing Class" and „Macht und Raum | The
(Power)Politics of Space" themes under which Prof. Song operated under
from 2012 - 2014, two new programs - one defined by Prof. Song, one defined by
Prof. Sander - will be introduced in the Fall of 2015.
Prof. Song's theme, in line with the previous themes, the
assertion is being made is that everything we do as designers is a political
act...and the questions that arise are, "Do we follow or
define?"..."Are we solely in the industry of 'service'?"...or
"How do we expand our 'radius of action' as well as relevance and role in
solving (societal) problems?" Due to the general nature of the majority of
our work in the profession, we are often "servants of wealth" and to
a great degree we unfortunately underscore this idea in the way we educate.
Thus, similarly with "Designing Class", it is essential to understand
the cultural context in which we operate in order to question structures of
power and to find and take a personal position to guide future actions and
MIXstudio, MIXatelier and supporting programs of MIX
The laboratory space of MIXstudio, the working space of MIXatelier and the various parties, lectures and workshops conducted here are intended to create and nurture an integrated culture of community that is involved with research and learning within the University in general, and the Faculty of Interior Architecture in particular.
27. Oct. 2014, Prof. Linn Song