Mackey Apartments
Selected video works related to the work of current and former MAK Center Residents were shown at a special screening. Works by Una Szeemann, Suwan Laimanee, Christoph Kumpusch and Elias Nahamias in collaboration with Lorenzo Rocha Cito were shown. The screening was held on Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m.

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

Christoph Kumpusch designed, built, and “un-built” archetypal outdoor objects to establish a social function for the rooftop space of the Mackey Apartments. Experimenting with common everyday materials to create forms that proposed a program of leisure and summertime activity for guests, Kumpusch’s installation accommodated poolside suntanning as well as the performative activities of fellow resident Suwan Laimanee.

Suwan Laimanee shared the cultural traditions and practices of his homeland, offering food, drink, and/or massage to visitors. His artistic practice was a performance in which the participant actively engaged with the artist to receive the work. Thai cooking workshops by Laimanee were scheduled every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m., August 3, 17, and 31, 2003.

Artist Corinne Rusch utilized the architectural promenade designed by fellow residents Nicolas Fevrier and Roland Oberhofer to exhibit her photographic work. She presented a diptych featuring an image from her native country and an image from her temporary home in Los Angeles — the Mackey Apartments. Rusch condensed her daily experiences and childhood memories into photographic images, using her surroundings as a setting with family and friends posing as her models.