“When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”
― Pablo Picasso
Studio Mutu is a collaborative creativity studio. To live out loud is our passion. To bring a little more poetry into life ― our mission. To play is our strategy. Intuition, inspiration and imagination are our methods. Sensitivity, curiosity and spontaneity ― our tools. We believe people are creators. It is a vital necessity for individuals to interact with the world, to play, to express themselves, and to expand their inner world by continuously discovering the outer one.
| WHAT WE DO |
At Mutu we are interested in creative pursuits that place the human being in the centre. We are interested in the development of the individual, and each person’s unique expressiveness. Our work is centred around educational and creative projects. We see educational projects as a living process and as an encounter. Continuous development of ways of teaching & learning as interconnected processes, as well as integral approaches to the outer and inner world both in children and adults, are important to us. In our creative projects we are not trying to make the next statement in one or another artistic field. What interests us is the liberation of internal capacities through the play of creativity, the possibility to go one’s own way, to sculpt one’s own life into an artwork of an ever-changing form. These projects are also an expression of our desire to connect with the world around.
| PROJECTS FOR KIDS & TEENS |
We offer creative projects for children of different ages based on learning through experience, interdisciplinary connections, collaborative interaction, diversity of forms of expression, and movement being an integral part of creative processes. We want to give children different tools to find ways to express themselves, to explore new ideas and spaces following their natural curiosity, to develop confidence to experiment. The art is in the child. To learn more about our educational philosophy click here.
| WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS |
We believe that inner creative powers of individuals have the capacity to advance the present structures of their life. Sharing the perspective of Joseph Beuys we too are convinced that art and creativity have the potential to invite us deeper and more fully into life, to become more real and joyful, and ultimately to develop our willpower to shape our own world into the one we would delight living in.
| ARTISTIC PROJECTS |
We are interested in a larger context of art and culture in society. We look at art in a broader sense than the one offered by the specialised artistic disciplines. Artists for us are seekers, people who search and explore continuously. Those who want to communicate meaning in this world. Those who write love letters to life. Amateurs. Derived from AMARE.
| ABOUT US |
My work at Studio Mutu is largely informed by my interest in exploring how we learn, play and live with one another and other creatures on the planet. The wish to create this studio came from such curiosity. I approach this work as a process of living the questions, experimenting, continuously learning, and inviting others into this process. I’m interested in what was before we started to separate things into categories and in what comes after we find interdisciplinary connections and shared grounds again. The foundation of Studio Mutu is collaborative effort and MUTUal engagement. On different projects I work with different co-creators. The core team follows.
Violeta’s work mainly evolves around picture books illustration, educational practice in illustration and creativity, and invention of things. As a book-maker she worked with such editorials as Kalandraka, Anaya, Edelvives, Siruela, Bruá editora, Editions du Rouerge, and Topipittori. Her work was selected at CJ Korea Awards, at Bologna Children Book Fair, and won the Grand Prix at ILUSTRARTE 2016. Violeta has also participated in variety of exhibitions in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. She has created images for bookshops, children cafes and clothes, shop murals and CD covers.
Geoff (interdisciplinary humanities B.A. from Yale University, PhD in art history from Columbia University) teaches art history since more than 15 years in the universities in the US and Europe. His teaching and learning interests include the questions on how art affects our lives, what theory and history of perspective can contribute to our worldview, the phenomenology of art and of viewer response, and the relationship between art and philosophy. Geoff is currently working in Bard College Berlin. He also writes books, latest one (written together with Michael Weinman) on a study of the Parthenon in relation to Plato and to ancient Greek music theory and mathematics.
Romy is an illustrator, graduated with a degree in Design&Illustration from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her work is employed by a number of newspapers, books, advertising, cultural events and magazines, such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The New Yorker, and others. Romy is a member of the female artist collective ´Spring´. Together they annually publish Spring Magazine – an anthology of comics, illustration and free drawing. Romy has exhibited her work as original paintings in group shows in Shanghai, Seoul, Budapest, Paris, London and Antwerp.