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MAK-Schindler Scholarship Program at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles

MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program
The Austrian Federal Chancellery / Arts Division in cooperation with the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, annually awards a total of eight scholarships for residency at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles. These scholarships are open to free-lance artists, advanced students of architecture ("2. Studienabschnitt"), and graduates of architecture immediately after completion of their degree.
The MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Pearl M. Mackey Apartments is a six-month residency offered twice annually to a total of eight emerging international artists and architects. The main focus of the residency is on the purposeful long-term support of individual young artists and architects, and on creating new interdisciplinary opportunities and confrontations through lively exchange. This unique program is funded by the Austrian Federal Chancellery / Arts Division, in cooperation with the MAK.

Each spring, a high profile jury is convened in Vienna to select the winning applications submitted by early career cultural producers from around the world. The residencies are awarded to independent projects exploring and complicating the relation between art and architecture. Projects are chosen according to their ability to critically examine current trends in art, architecture, and society; make a compelling connection with Los Angeles as a place for implementing or continuing the applicant's own work; and demonstrate a conceptual and experimental approach.

Emphasis is placed on the location of the residency in Los Angeles. Without a doubt, Los Angeles has become a primary location for critical activity in art, architecture, and urban theory, and residents’ projects often reflect, incorporate, and address specific facets of the city and its social fabric.

Residency terms run from October through March, and from April through September. The program has been running continuously since October 1995.

Each resident is given an apartment in the R.M. Schindler-designed Pearl M Mackey Apartments (1939) in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles, a monthly stipend, and the support of MAK Center staff. Key staff members work with the residents to arrange meetings with relevant artists, architects, curators, critics, and educators, and to facilitate their research and projects. Residents are encouraged to participate in MAK Center activities, as well as attend meetings, workshops, and project discussions with other artists and students.

Completed works are presented to the public in an exhibition towards the end of each residency period. Documentation of these works is then permanently catalogued in the MAK Center Archive—an online version of the archive is available at MAKcenterarchive.org

The residency program has a distinguished list of nearly 200 alumni and has included participants from Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the UK.
 

Schindler Lab Online Publication

This publication documents an exhibition-oriented initiative that prompts artists and architects to develop installations highlighting Rudolph M. Schindler's domestic experiment. 

Each year the MAK Center greets a myriad of local, national, and international visitors intrigued by this early (1922) example of Los Angeles modernist architecture. They often ask detailed questions. They are curious about Schindler's thought process when designing and constructing the house; how the house has been used, understood, and canonized throughout the decades; and how the house is holding up today.  

Inspired by these visitors' questions, the MAK Center, in collaboration with series initiator Sara Daleiden, developed Schindler Lab. Initiated in 2011, the initiative not only presented artistic projects that reframed the experience of the house, it also foregrounded the intricate process of discussion, debate, deliberation, and creative problem solving behind every Schindler House exhibition. That process is embodied in the online publication at SchindlerLab.org. / March 2015

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