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Mira Sanders 

Cédric Noël 

The Mental Masonry Lab


KU Leuven, Department of Architecture
LUCA School of Arts

The Mental Masonry Lab is an artistic project that invites the spectator to reflect on public space through exercises of the imagination. It is a practice in constituting a space.

The Mental Masonry Lab resulted from a question:
how can we develop a tactic that would allow our imagination to blossom when faced with the preponderance of those urban signs intended for collective use?

Most approaches to mental imagery tend to consider the image as an internal event, likely to be of use to other internal events (such as those involved in memorisation, understanding, reasoning, etc.). There is also a vast range of situations, during activities involving the creation of objects or configurations, in which THE IMAGE ACTS AS AN ANTICIPATION TOOL. The image plays such a role during the conception of technical or artistic objects, their inventor shaping them gradually.

The Mental Masonry Lab is A LARGE EXPERIMENTAL PLATFORM dedicated to the realisation of mental exercises. It offers new situations that involve the spectator’s mental processes: works one has to create within one’s imagination.

Elements of Mental Masonry Lab are inspired by astonishing captures in large urban zones. There is a tactic in seeing: TO WONDER PATTERNS IN RANDOM WALKS.

The spectators’ imagination is involved in matters of PUBLIC SPACE AND SHARED TERRITORY. Imagination exercises can be carried out anywhere, anytime and all the time. In order for The MML to work properly, imaginary things must fit into concrete matter. The contextual dimension will be favourable to the project’s efficiency, for in the case of mental exercises, the memory of things known or seen is an incredible stimulant.
The MML aim is that the spectators grasp mental techniques so as to look at and imagine differently the territory they’re sharing.

More info on the project


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