Precarious pavilions: SPEED TRIP 2 - TANTRIC URBANISM: The City Part of Town
In a SPEED TRIP, you and artist Pieterjan Ginckels check the rendered image and its built reality. How and where exactly, beyond being promoted worldwide by their developers, do these dream images end? What is hidden behind the facades, what makes them ‘Leuven’? How do you live in them?
To understand this new landscape, Pieterjan Ginckels provides new tools for new times. One instrument is SPEED TRIP, a performance that he has already rolled out from Los Angeles to Beijing. As a SPEED TRIPPER, you embrace the superficiality you’re investigating, and you take selfies rather than samples. Field research becomes safari. Will you join and become a render character turned to life? During the exhibition, Pieterjan Ginckels organizes three SPEED TRIPS together with the local skating community, the Swiss architects Svizzera Intl. and the student collective Paradigm Weekly. The base camp for these activities is the NO PEAKS sculpture at the Barbarahof: a black truck trailer painted with the words "NO PEAKS", wedging itself between the perfectly realised renderings of the urban developers and the daily routines of their clients. The trailer appears to be a stately monolith, but opens itself as a field station, recording and broadcasting studio, and discussion space.
During each SPEED TRIP, participants gather in the NO PEAKS sculpture for a brief introduction by the artist. Pieterjan Ginckels appoints experts who will guide you through the city on a unique NO PEAKS safari. We complete the SPEED TRIP back at the sculpture, where we translate the aftershock of our experiences into new markings on the sculpture’s dusty surface
SPEED TRIP 2: TANTRIC URBANISM: The City Part of Town
16 MAY 2019 20:00 - 22:00
Guide: Svizzera Intl. + Pieterjan Ginckels.
Filter: SoDoSoPa Worldwide
In the South Park episode “The City Part of Town” the residents and mayor attempt to repair the town’s tarnished image by building “Historic SoDoSoPa” on and around Kenny’s dilapidated house. This episode led many to speculate that this was a parody of a new urban development located in their own city: Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Portland, Austin, Boise, Louisville, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Norfolk, etc. The modernist’s dream of a “unified project” uniting urbanism & architecture & interior seems to be no sweat at all for the contemporary property developer. But are SoDoSoPa’s confined only to the Americas and all the fat, dumb Americans?
Members of Svizzera International, a shell company based in Switzerland, will visit Leuven on May 16 on a quest to uncover instances of the worldwide SoDoSoPa and assess its conformity to global standards. What and where are the legible traits of the single world city? How does Leuven stack up against the global image? How continuous is this image—does it have a backside or are there any ‘blindspots’?
Following a brief introductory talk, SI will hand out business cards while being led through the city-est parts of Leuven by Pieterjan Ginckels and an expert team of wannabe developers and real estate agents.
creation Pieterjan Ginckels curator Michiel Vandevelde assistence Jara Vlaeminckx production Disagree. vzw coproduction 30CC support Stad en Architectuur, Cas-co (Leuven) with support of De Vlaamse Overheid
Svizzera International is een architectenbureau uit Zürich, geleid door Alessandro Bosshard (CH), Li Tavor (CH) en Matthew van der Ploeg (US). Samen met Ani Vihervaara (FI) ontwikkelden ze het project Svizzera 240: House Tour als invulling van het Zwitsers Paviljoen op de recente Architectuurbiënnale in Venetië, waarmee ze de Gouden Leeuw in de wacht sleepten. De leden van Svizzera Intl. doceren aan de ETH in Zürich.
- free, with reservation
- reservations until 3 May
- 2 groups of 25 people