The starting point for Stephan Lugbauers project THE MAKEYS consists of interviews with former grantees of the MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program; they tell of memorable
occurrences, experiences and projects during their stay at the Mackey Apartments in Los Angeles. Based on these narratives,
his own diary entries and references to art, film and literature, Lugbauer used his L.A. grant period (2009/2010) to develop
four fictitious characters who guide viewers through a filmic collage which pays homage to Los Angeles. The artist also took
inspiration from Thom Andersons legendary Los Angeles Plays Itself, the opening sequence of which is seen in THE MACKEYS as a contemporary remake.
Actors Kristian Van der Heyden, John Gilligan, Paget Kagy, Nichole Stevenson; VoiceJeannie Bolét
Excerpts from Los Angeles Plays Itself/Thom Andersen, On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place/ Lucy R. Lippard, The Case of California/Laurence
Rickels, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness/Daniel Paul Schreber, The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson/Hunter