MUT-architecture is primarily comprised of four artists/architects, John Mascaro (artist), Leo Morand (architect), Alice Dufourmantelle (architect), Stephane Juan (architect)
they met at Acconci Studio in brooklyn, NY first in 2006, and have been working together ever since.
Most of the collective ‘s project involve collaborators from various fields of expertise.
We start with a physically perceivable space. We look at the space, live within the space, play with the fundamentals
of the space, smack it around, spill something onto it, look at it again, then stamp it with everything
we know and don’t know. An object, something, grows from paper, paint, canvas, wood, cardboard - cardboard
has become very useful - and the space takes on life. Something else needs to bethere, something different,
something that moves, or might be able to move. To move the space, to move the viewers to experience the
space rather than perceive a static space, could be more interesting than the space in its current state.
The second step is to work as architects, to design the new thing. Now, looking at the space again, something
has changed, something more to our liking is starting to emerge. So we pay attention, then work this something
new toward a real thing, a thing that can really move. We’ve learned the computational applications and
techniques of architecture and engineering. So, the things only dreamed about before can now exist as things
other than dreams.
A project begins.
Three dimensional models lead to renderings, renderings sometimes perform best as paintings, and grow out
of the computer: this is one of the variables, a direction determined by frustration, color, light, the elegance of
the lines we see having redirected the project. This is step 3A. The paintings are messy and sometimes reveal
colors that make little sense outside the realm of painting. The drips are part of the vernacular and a new two
dimensional space can emerge, the possibility of illusion purged.
Step 3B is an alternative route taken when something build-able is discovered to potentially exist within the
space, a thing we want to see built so badly that we’re willing to spend weeks, months, or years working it out,
modeling it, forming it, creating construction drawings for it, finding a means for its construction.
Planning is everything and at the same time nothing.…Read More
John Mascaro :2004 - MFA - Slade School of Art, London
Léo Morand : 2007 - DPLG Ecole nationale d'architecture Paris Malaquais
Stephane Juan : 2007 - DPLG Ecole nationale d'architecture Paris Malaquais
Alice dufourmantelle : 2008 - Architecte ADE from Ecole nationale d'architecture Paris Malaquais…Read More