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マチュー・キリシ Mathieu Quilici

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As a full-time architect and artist, it seems challenging to link both in some way or another in my work,
whether that be in the design or craftsmanship for example.

When learning about architecture, I saw first and foremost the urge of mastering practical tools such as rules, project economics,
design and construction processes and professionnal interactions.
However, creativity in architecture is as important, as many even consider it an artistic profession.
These polarizing aspects of architecture represent the tension I fell when working as an architect and an artist : escaping or concealing the rigidity of architectural norms, and expressing freely one’s creativity.

I have to create my own constraints and rules to shape a fictional world out of any material that I find interesting.
The goal being to make sure that theses shapes, landscapes and architectures stay coherent.
By that I mean that I try to reach some kind of credibility, either through the choice of material or the perceived scale,
making sure the subjects remain linked to architecture and the environment as well as the imaginary.

My works essentially refere to the images and creations built by known civilisations,
and also to nature itself throughout documenting and traveling.
I feel a fascination that puts me both in a contemplative mood and stimulate an intense will to explore.
Except there is a kind of immediacy in working in small scale. Things that took an almost infinite time to take shape in nature,
or that took decades to build by Man, can be created in a very short time with fewer energy on a smaller scale.
It is a form of freedom as well as a limit.

The current general matter of our relation to the environment is intrinsic to the chosen medias.
I’m involved in the process of not throwing away, of re-using materials and giving them new shapes by combinations.
Yet I’m also fascinated with human constronctions that can induce some contradictions in my work that I don’t intend to deny.
Therefore this is the beginning of a reflection on something that could go further in helping to create this encounter between the two practices I’m involved in.

I do not wish my practice to relate eather exclusively to architecture or to art,
but rather to stay open to what it could evolve into, even in other fields such as crafts, event organisation, photography etc.
I believe this form of freedom could lead me to a more diverse way of expression and a more diverse range of experiences in the field
of creation.


2018 Second participation to Biwako Biennale with the work « Unlooked for Geographies »
2017 Workspace studio at Collectif Cancan for material re-use in construction and architecture workshops. The places is a multifonctionnal space shared by architects, artists, craftmans and designers, and event creators – Bordeaux
2016 First participation to Biwako Biennale with the work « Condensations from other places »
Architect at offices Mars-06 Architectes and Zweyacker Architects, essential work on renovation of buildings and the meeting of the existing heritage and the contemporary needs of society – Bordeaux
2014 Master Degree of architecture at Ecole Speciale dArchitecture (ESA), work on the subject of the river Seine as shared horizon for humans and nature in an urbanised context – Paris
2013 Academic exchange with Faculty of Architecture of PUCP in Lima, works on urban realm in confrontation with local community needs and wishes – Peru
2012 Peter Cook Studio of architecture at ESA for narrative architecture, project on the relation of architecture to the risks and the sensations related to it – Paris
Investigation on Torre David with Urban-Think Tank and production of a book about vertical slums in Caracas, Venezuela. The work was presented at 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and won the Golden Lion.
2010 Paolo Cascone Building Workshop of an earth built arcade in Surgubila, first interest in auto-construction and participation of the architect in the construction process – Burkina Faso
Beaux-Arts de Sèvres art school and Ateliers des Beaux-Arts de Glacière art school – Paris
2004 First trip to Japan and to Biwako Biennale - Japan