Final Projects: Group XXVII

  • Residency Show

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

An exhibition by the MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

In a site-specific installation and performance, Impersonator, Simon Fujiwara brought two unlikely stories together—the history of the Schindler house and the biography of Arnold Schwarzenegger, narrated through a guided tour performed in Schindler’s former Studio. Performed by actor Lyndall Grant, the monologue-guide described a visit by Schwarzenegger to the house in 1980, at a point when he was deciding between embarking on a career in acting and a career in architecture.

The artist team Hanakam & Schuller (Markus Hanakam and Roswitha Schuller), interested in the re-interpretation of traditional sculpture, produced a video work that explored the road movie genre, which they interpreted as bringing together the architectural structures, atmosphere, and pop-cultural surfaces of a city.  Combining real video with animated sequences employing virtual camera movements, the artists commented on the process of film production and the conventions in narrative structures that imbue classic road movies.

Artist Alan Cicmak researched a site called Surfridge, a no-man’s land at the western border of Los Angeles International Airport, the result of a 1960s airport expansion. Based on an examination of this specific site, Cicmak created a “filmic sculpture” for the exhibition on which a film was projected. The film was composed of historic footage and recent video shot by the artist. The project represented a different point of view regarding the production, presentation and perception of film. The examination of filmic space and its possibilities of representation in real space was a crucial aspect of the work. Cicmak presented various research materials that led to the realization of the project.

Kristina Schinegger and Stefan Rutzinger‘s final project was part of their ongoing investigation into the application of aggregation processes to architecture. Based on simple geometrical rules, aggregations produce complex spatial configuration, peculiarities and even “failures”. Schinegger and Rutzinger were especially interested in the aggregation processes of anorganic materials such as snow, dust or the growth of corals and how to apply their aggregation logics to the design process on a “molecular” level through scripting. The architects displayed the outcomes of their research in 3-D plotted models and drawings, as well as an object that applied their research in an architectural context.