Jonas Vansteenkiste is a multimedia visual artist based in Kortrijk, which works around the concept of spaces. He refers to and uses both physical and psychological architectural elements that are more telling about us. He constructs places or situations that can become described as "mental spaces". The Pedigree project (houses as containers of memory's) starts from an investigation into the house and his history. Jonas could use open source for this data from buildings of Leiedal. With DeVisu (University of Valenciennes) he is defining parameters (material, formal similarities,…) to join houses linking in a family tree. Jonas investigates houses in this way Flanders, Wallonia and Northern France to establish a lineage finding houses. The research brings differences and mapping similarities in a visual work. The data is finally printed in clay and put together in one installation in the Budalab of Designregio Kortrijk.
My Pedigree concept was picked up by the C2L3PLAY project, and the 8 partners support me in the research of this project. The support lies in the further conceptual development of the project and the opening up of the networks and know-how.
A great conceptual stage is why are you selecting a home? What are these parameters? Is this random? Or offer this selection an extra layer in the concept and experience of the work.
From the coaching of Eric Prigent (les Frenoy) came the conclusion that the extra layer must absolutely be there, the conclusion was also that all 3 regions show unique architecture and thus convey their identity visually, although they are unique, they show brother or sister characteristics , this also determines the basis of selection criteria. The family tree would then also connect the differences to search between houses connecting the 3 Step evidence.
With Meï Menassel, (Docteure en Art de Bâtir et Urbanisme et en Sciences de l’info/comArchitect and researcher from Université polytechnique Hauts-de-France). We try to determine the selection parameters based on her expertise.
We look at the houses in shapes, materiality and typological characteristics across borders. For example, we start with a house in Flanders with a sandy brick and connect it with a house in Wallonia and
France where, for example, a certain kind of ornament the further branching and linking another houses.
One of the findings is, for example, that the use of certain bricks originated in the clay soil that is present in the region where the house is located, eg yellow bricks have more sand in the clay composition. at a later stage due to the export of the bricks, these bricks are also found in Northern France, etc. etc. But the placement of windows and doors also play a role in the
From Leiedal I am supervised by Bram Lattré (Urban designer) & Ruben D’haene (represent space & living environment) They teach me to convert the Source data from the data cloud into a digital drawing and to make it printable in 3D.
My project wants to develop a family tree of houses in this region to use this data visualize so that we also have a different relationship with this data. The family tree itself could work digitally and in terms of drawings, but the ideal end result would be a physical installation are of the family tree with 3d printed houses and parts.
Pedigree project was selected to be coached by Cross Border Living Labs (C2L3Play) A testing ground for the cultural and creative industries from the cross-border region of Hauts-de-France, Wallonia and Flanders. We firmly believe that we projects through co-creation and innovation processes to let grow. This project is part of Interreg Flanders-Wallonia-France, co-financed by the European Union and supported by 8 partners in France and Belgium.