Minimalism in the car: Tesla Model 3, Model Y test drive
Minimalism was born in 1918, after World War I. After the war, Germany had to rebuild the devastated city quickly. Bauhaus is a design school that was held out of this demand of the times. The most influential person from Bauhaus was Wassily Kandinsky. During his tenure as a Bauhaus professor, he focused on his most basic forms. He believed that pure and straightforward formative elements such as dots, lines, planes, and circles could impress people. It was the beginning of abstract painting and the beginning of constructivism. At the Bauhaus, Kandinsky's mathematical clarity became a spiritual philosophy, making the design simple.
Afterward, minimalism became an art movement in Western art, along with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s.
In modern times, it is well known to the general public as the concept of freedom to stop excessive consumption by minimizing everything in life and reducing unnecessary things. In the field of art, visual design leads the way, and just like Kandinsky's philosophy mentioned above. Minimalism is completed by doing works that satisfy various requirements by simplifying them to the minimum elements. It meets the design requirements with the simplicity of lines and planes. A close example can be seen in the simple and beautiful products of the Apple company.
This style of minimalism that removes the unnecessary and straightforward aspects is beneficial to the environmental movement that saves the environment being destroyed by a massive amount of consumption. Especially in electric cars and natural gas car companies, this design eliminates unnecessary accessories and becomes more straightforward day by day.
Below is a description of my experience with the Model 3 and Model Y on a test drive at a Tesla store. As I test drove the Tesla, I noticed minimalism fits into the car, becoming more interested in electric vehicles field.
First, I would like to show you Model 3.
Press the button to open the door. A window can be seen in an open state without a window frame. Car key is as follow as below, it looks like a hotel door key.
A computer screen is installed in the center of the car's interior, where everything is controlled by touch.
The interior of the car was simple itself.
Next test drive is for Model Y.
Personally, from the standpoint of preferring SUV, Model Y was more portable.
The top of the Tesla roof is like a whole transparent screen, as shown below, so you can see the sky through it. It is as if you are traveling through time in a capsule that has no boundaries between the outside and the inside.
All functions are via two buttons and the center screen.
Tesla chefdesigner Franz von Holzhausen (1968) has joined since 2008. In Model 3, which created a sensation at a low price, a wonderful combination of electric car and minimalism was completed. Minimalism is a subtractive design. When Franz came to Model 3, he boldly removed the grill. We can experience minimalism itself through cars. Production costs would have been reduced because of the removed grill. Soft and radiant curves fill an empty space with nothing in it with new beauty. not empty at all. We also learn that the philosophy of Wassily Kandinsky that the dotted line itself can be beautiful enough is correct.
Turkish photographer and environmentalist Fahri Tunc posted a fossil-like photo on his Instagram one day.
But, surprisingly, it wasn't a fossil, but one of the scenes where the flamingos that inhabited Lake Tuz in Turkey dried up and died out. Lake Tuz(salt Lake), a closed basin lake in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, is the second largest lake in Turkey.
On the Tuz Lake, one of Turkey's most beautiful rivers, beautiful pink flamingos dance and show their beauty every year.
But now, neither the Turks nor the tourists who go to see the beautiful pink dances of the river can see the fantastic performances they present to humans. And even the hope of seeing them in the future was gone. 'Cause now the lake is gone with them, too"
My heart aches every time I see articles like this. Because nature presents humans with so much beauty and energy, but humans do not like and appreciate the gift, but unpack the wrapping paper and throw it and trample it.
Even me, one of those people, has nothing I can do right now. So what can professional painters do?
The EcoArt Project is about 600 painters who felt the seriousness of environmental destruction and climate change could unite and express their voices. They meet regularly to hold symposiums and hold exhibitions. In addition, the artists themselves present art using recycled or scrap materials to deliver a message of environmental protection to the public.
In fact, they announced a new initiative to fill these empty stores with free pop-up exhibitions focused on climate change and sustainability, as retail space across New York is vacant due to pandemic-related business closures.
Artists wishing to participate in this kind of activity go to the home page below and click Sign Up.
When signing up, you need an artistic resume/bio and a portfolio consisting of at least five images. If there is a video such as YouTube channel, please write a link. Also include references such as your major shows and publications. And also you can check that you are self-taught artist like me or studied at art school. In the description, write down your motivation and plans for why you want to work through this project.
And you choose whether the work you upload is related to the environment or not. In my case, my older sister is an environmental activist, so I have been interested in the environment for a long time. Therefore, I uploaded related images after selecting my databases. Also, by artist's career, select whether it is an Emerging, Mid-Career, or Establish artist.
After filling in the information, click Submit and wait for the result. I received the following mail.
The following is an example of a showcase page screen to be published.
Wouldn't it be great if the environment could be protected as easily as this click? I feel a heavier responsibility in the future. I myself should set a good example for the environmental movement.
Myungja Anna Koh