Exutoire is a transversal practice that looks to the intersection of architecture, art and activism to explore the power and potentials of architecture beyond architecture alone. Exutoire has an ironic, ultra-referential, queer, cute, joyous and playful approach to things, and uses this to deal with projects that range from architecture, furniture and exhibition design, to drawing and photography, to writing, publishing and printed matters. Exutoire is presently obsessed with physical models, furniture experiments, and the quest for alternative practices of architecture.
Exutoire was created in 2019 by Bùi Quý Sơn (VN) and Paul-Antoine Lucas (FR), based in Oslo (NO). In 2021, we curated with Armelle Breuil an exhibition, a podcast and a publication series titled Safe Space which investigates diversity, representation and equity in architecture. We are currently teaching our Master's Studio course "Designing Collectivity, Designing Politically" at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design with Hanna Birkeland Bergh. We are also guest curators at ROM for kunst og arkitektur for the Queer Cultural Year program 2022–2023.
Exutoire is based in Grünerløkka, Oslo and works on projects across Oslo (NO), Paris (FR) and Hà Nội (VN). Exutoire's portrait courtesy of Solène Moscato, Paris, 2022.
Guest curators at ROM for kunst og arkitektur for the Queer Cultural Year program 2022–2023
Assistant professors at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Founding members of Safe Space Collective
Co-founders of Exutoire
Exhibitions, Residencies and Curatorial Projects
Exhibition and seminar on queering space at ROM for kunst og arkitektur
Curatorial project "A Queer Practice of Architecture" in development
Safe Space Zine Launch at ROM for kunst og arkitektur
Safe Space Podcast
Safe Space exhibition/residency in collaboration with ROM for kunst og arkitektur
Nationaltheatret: Out of House. Oslo: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2022 / Editors and designers
“For en mer rettferdig arkitektur” (For a more equitable architecture) in Arkitektnytt / Co-authors with Armelle Breuil
“Twelve Tableaux: Tales of a Queer Architecture”, in Safe Space Zine 6: a queer practice of architecture. Oslo: Safe Space Publishing, 2021 / Authors
Safe Space Zine 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Oslo: Safe Space Publishing, 2021 / Editors and designers
In Transit Studio: Oslo Files. Oslo: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2021 / Co-editors with Håvard Breivik-Khan and Tone Selmer-Olsen; designers
Photobook—A cabinet of found objects. Self-published edition of 25 / Author and designer (Bùi Quý Sơn)
Arkitektstudenter skriver: Treasures from the AHO library. Oslo: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2020 / Co-editor (Paul-Antoine Lucas) with Mari Hvattum and Victor Plahte Tschudi; designer
Lectures and Talks
"Books, Books, Books" / MA Curatorial Practice / Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen
“Model, Camera, Picture” / In Transit Studio, Master of Architecture / The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
"Queering Space" / In conversation with Frederick Nathanael and Martine Johansen about Et skeivt kultursenter i Oslo / Melahuset
“Models, Models, Models” / Master of Architecture / “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest
Grants and Awards
Canadian Centre for Architecture / Finalist of the Emerging Curator Residency Program 2021–2022
Kulturetaten (Agency for Cultural Affairs, City of Oslo) / Etableringsstipend
Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway) / Gjesteopphold, with ROM for kunst og arkitektur
Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway) / Tverrfaglige tiltak
Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway) / Tidsskrift og kritikk ekstraordinær utlysning - kulturelt mangfold
Fritt Ord (The Freedom of Speech Foundation), with ROM for kunst og arkitektur
Balansekunst (The Art of Balance), with ROM for kunst og arkitektur
CHART Art Fair Architecture Competition / Honorable mention
Arkitektnytt, "Slipper fanziner"
Arkitektnytt, "Et trygt rom"
Utrop, "Ny podcast om arkitektur med minoritetsfokus"
Bùi Quý Sơn