mome brings together artists, writers, designers, scientists, composers, and inventive kids to collaborate on projects in an intimate setting. We embrace guided play in a space that is comfortable or hygge—a Danish term defined as “cozy and convivial, engendering a feeling of wellbeing.”
mome is not a predetermined space, but creates a space for making. mome is not institutional or therapeutic, but welcomes the spirit of popups, playdates, and thoughtful engagement. mome honors what is often referred to as the naïve, primitive, or untrained art of children (we call it genius) and combines it with an informed framework for experimentation, co-piloted by a special guest.
mome 1. French for “small child” 2. Old English slang meaning blockhead or fool or mind of a child (see also the Tao of Pooh’s concept of “the uncarved block”) Also see “mome raths” from Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem and the woodland creatures that point Alice toward home when she has lost her way. (The fable’s logic on the origin of the word: an English morphing of “from home” or to “come home”, i.e. ‘m ‘ome.)
Bruna Mori is a writer and educator, preoccupied with spatial discourses and engagement. She has authored three books of poetry and essays, numerous articles, and written on behalf of design and production firms for the world’s most notable brands. She has also taught creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, California Institute of the Arts, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Art Center College of Design, and recently curated a social justice + innovation speaker series at The San Diego Foundation. Her own MFA and BA degrees were completed at Bard College and the University of California, San Diego.
Jessica D'Elena-Tweed is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and educator. She received her BA in Art Studio from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Design from California Institute of the Arts, subsequently holding faculty positions at Art Center College of Design and Southern California Institute of Architecture. She's collaborated with seminal designers and artists producing both cultural and commercial works for Thom Mayne and Morphosis Architects, Lorraine Wild and Green Dragon Office, Mike Kelley, the Hammer Museum, and Wondros. For the past 5 years, Jessica has acted as creative director in the branding and advertising space, garnering industry recognition for national clients.
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