Final Projects: Group I - Art Protects You

  • Residency Show

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

The first exhibition of final projects by the MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

Architect Andrea Kocevar created Theater Spaces by selecting sites in Los Angeles to transform into performance sites. She built these spaces, in cooperation with other artists and performers, as “three-dimensional instruments” for performance. Kocevar assigned these spaces to the functions of an actual working theater so as to redefine the traditional spheres of actors and spectators.

Flora Neuwirth’s work involved “generic objects” (beings) which gained their specific significance from differing contexts. Known as Artificial Living Beings, these objects moved through Los Angeles, responding to the city, its architecture, the spirit of its inhabitants, as well as to social and physical structures and subjective experiences. Neuwirth explored and documented reality and fiction, irony and ambiguity, and the aesthetics of consumerism. She also collaborated with Andrea Kocevar in a video documentation of her project.

Plamen Dejanoff and Svetlana Heger installed a virtual “apartment” of six separate “rooms” in various locations throughout L.A. The urban rooms were defined by individual sculptural elements that were distributed over an area of several hundred square meters, incorporating available infrastructure and public furnishings. The rooms were temporarily inhabitable and aimed to redefine our concept of living environments: the exterior spaces took over the function of the interior spaces and the borders between private / public and inside /outside were dissolved. Ads ( “L.A., CA City Apartment, 500 sq. mile + terrace. US $20,000”) constituted part of the artists’ public presentation of the project and could be found in American daily newspapers and magazines.

Artist Jochen Traar addressed individual mobility and transportation as a factor in the structure and form of Los Angeles. The automobile as a requirement for mobility, issues of public transportation, and the effects of electronic media (the information highway) on the city and its architecture were the focus of his project entitled Parking Lot.