Nicolas Fevrier, Christoph A. Kumpusch, Suwan Laimanee, Roland Oberhofer, Corinne L. Rusch
Fri, 15.08.2003–Sun, 07.09.2003
MAK Center L.A., 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
ones 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, Kumpuschs 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.