Multimedia * Integration * X-Disciplinary
Dozenten > PROF. LINN SONG

M ultimedia / I ntegration / X -Disciplinary
Das MIXstudio
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 sociology, psychology, geography, philosophy, art 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 2010 - 2015, 2017 - 2019 will delve into the theme, "What Things Do". This theme attempts to take the focus and concerns of design away from a formal and visual exercise ("what things look like") towards one where we focus on how good design affects us, changes us - regardless of, or despite our subjective tastes. 

Prof. Song's theme, "What Things Do" falls in line with the previous ones, asserting 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 operations.

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.

What Things Do (2017 - 2019)
This MIXstudio series operates under the premise that „good design" should not be a formal investigation of form, color and material (and subsequently purely subjective and dependent on „taste"), but rather the result of a analytical thought and work process in which various layers and histories (individual and group) of one or more cultures influence problem-finding and decision-making in design.
Spaces and Objects communicate with us – sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly – and thus influence our perception and behavior. Explicit communication can happen through e.g., furnishings (chair = sit, handrail = grip/hold). Implicit communication can be e.g., socialized expectations that we adhere to in certain spaces/situations (library, church, club, restaurant, etc.). Additionally physical characteristics such as materials, sounds, colors, and light might be used to subtly define paths or spaces. In the process of design, we should be constantly examining how design affects / changes us and our behavior and how we make places and things that go beyond superficialities of "how things look".

15. March 2017, Prof. Linn Song