L. A. Absolute Biennale


As part of the city-wide biennial, Absolut L.A. International, the MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence will present art, architecture and events on and around the Mackey Apartment building transforming the private residence into a public space. The site and structure of R.M. Schindler’s Mackey Apartments will act as the setting for a wide variety of public activities, including the presentation of works by Architects in Residence, Nicolas Fevrier, Roland Oberhofer. and Christoph a. Kumpusch, as well as Artists in Residence, Suwan Laimanee and Corinne Rusch. Additional events will include a video screening featuring works by current and past residents, as well as lectures. Beginning with an opening reception Friday, August 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., Summer Time events will continue through Sunday, September 7, 2003.

An architectural promenade designed by architects Nicolas Fevrier (France) and Roland Oberhofer (Italy), will temporarily one’s perception of and approach to the Mid-Wilshire Mackey Apartments (1939), serving as an experiment towards a new type o public space that could co-exist with a private residential building. Wrapping around and over the building, a long staircase will provide guests from the neighboring community the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Los Angeles from atop the three-story Modernist building. The architects’ goal is to develop a new model for outdoor private/public space using the flat rooftops typical of L.A.’s Modernist housing tradition.

Artist Corinne Rusch (Switzerland) will utilize this structure to exhibit her photographic work. She will present a diptych featuring an image from her native country and an image from her temporary home in Los Angeles — the Mackey Apartments. Rusch’s photographs feature family and friends dressed in costumes of her own making and posed in a staged setting which the artist creates in response to the conditions of the site.

Christoph a. Kumpusch (Austria) Contemporary society is changing more rapidly then ever. We cannot talk anymore about architecture, as such. We cannot discuss problems that belong to a single country without taking into account the general development of contemporary culture. Architecture has become a global issue. More than ever before in history, technological development has changed our perception
of the world. With the cell phone and Email, we communicate in an immediate way,- there seems to be no distance anymore. Physically one can live in isolation, while linked to the whole world. In this context, how will the contemporary city develop? Will there be a need for a physical city within an unreal world? How will architecture develop to these developments? Kumpusch will design, build and unbuild outdoor archetypes and a pool to establish a social function for the space. He will experiment with program and its possible form and the use of common, everyday materials in the creation of these works which will serve the purposes of guests’ summertime activities like leisure and suntanning, as well as accommodate the performative activities of fellow resident Suwan Laimanee.

Suwan Laimanee (Thailand) will share the cultural traditions and practices of his homeland, offering food, drink and/or massage to visitors. His artistic practice is a performance in which the participant actively engages with the artist to receive the work. Thai cooking workshops by Laimanee are scheduled every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m., August 3, 17 and 31, 2003. The workshop fee is $35; $25 for Friends of the Schindler House.

Other Summer Time events are also planned, including a screening of selected video works related to the work of current and former MAK Center Residents. Works by Una Szeemann, Suwan Laimanee, Christoph Kumpusch and Elias Nahamias in collaboration with Lorenzo Rocha Cito will be shown. The screening will be held on Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 (free to Friends of the Schindler House). Dates of other events will be announced.

The MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence is a competitive program which offers six-month live/work opportunities to international artists and architects. Selected by a jury of art and design professionals, the residents live at the Mackey Apartments and explore and exploit the city’s resources to further their own work and research projects. The results of their time in Los Angeles will be on view in the Final Projects exhibition at the Schindler House September 10 – 221, 2003.

Summer Time is located at the Mackey Apartments, 1137 S. Cochran Avenue in the mid-Wilshire district. Public hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Support for this program has been provided by the Federal Republic of Austria… and Department of Art and Media; the Austrian Cultural Institute and the Consul General of Austria, Los Angeles; the Consul General of Mexico and the Mexican Tourism Board. For further information, the public may contact the MAK Center at (323) 651-1510 or www.MAKcenter.org.