The MAK Center’s artists and architects-in-residence will present “Final Projects: Group XL”, an exhibition exploring Los Angeles, this weekend. The MAK Center’s 40th group of artists and architects includes Sofia Porto Bauchwitz, Andreas Bauer, Monica Rizzolli Gomes, Christoph Meier, Robert Schwarz and Lukas Stopczynski.
Gomes’ project will be presented as a self-generating computer simulation projected in the Garage Top, titled “(1) FROM Home – TO Supermarket”. Over several months, Gomes used the path from the Mackey Apartments to the Ralph’s supermarket on Wilshire Boulevard to produce and test formulas of walkability, both her own and those of well-known scholars. Her path to Ralph’s will be dissected as a character encounters every foreseeable scenario moving through space, articulating Gomes’s survey techniques for visitors to carry with them afterwards, during their own such short walks.
Conversely, Bauchwitz asked acquaintances to tour her through whatever parts of the city they wish and shared peer-to-peer knowledge over multiple mapping options. Her project “You Can Touch Whatever is in Your Way” is a praise of walking and implores people to consider walking and its subjectivities as deeper forms of mapping, to locate themselves within the city and its conflicts. “You Can Touch Whatever is in Your Way” will be presented as a publication and installation.
Early in their residency, it occurred to artists and architects Bauer, Meier, Schwarz and Stopczynski, that if architect Adolf Loos’s famed American Bar (1908) in Vienna were to be scaled down to 65 percent, it would fit perfectly into one of the backyard garages at the Mackey Apartment building, which was designed in 1939 by Loos’s former student, R.M. Schindler. Since recreating Loo’s bar onsite, Los Bar hosted participants, concerts, performances, artworks and engagements every Friday. As the Los Bar scene now draws to a close with the conclusion of Group XL’s residency, the “Final Projects” exhibit is occasion for this team to consider questions about what is gained and lost with the ephemerality at the heart of MAK’s residency program.
“Final Projects: Group XL” will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. at the Mackey Apartments at 1137 South Cochran Ave. Admission is free. For information, visiti www.makcenter.org.
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