MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence Program
The Artists and Architects in Residence Program at the Mackey Apartments is a six-month residency offered twice annually to two artists and two architects. This unique program is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of the Republic of Austria in cooperation with the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna. Each spring, a high-profile, international jury is convened in Vienna to select eight projects from international applicants as well as two alternates per group.
The deadline for applications is in early March. Please consult the MAK Vienna website for details. Residency terms run from October to March, and from April to September. The program has been running continuously since October 1995; to date, the MAK Center has hosted 33 groups of international residents.
The main focus of the residency is on the purposeful long-term support of individual young artists and architects/students of architecture and on creating new interdisciplinary opportunities and confrontations through a lively exchange program.
Each resident is given an apartment in the Schindler-designed Pearl Mackey Apartments, a monthly stipend, and the support of MAK Center staff and its press consultant. Key MAK Center staff work with the residents to arrange meetings with relevant artists, architects, curators, critics and educators to facilitate their research and projects. Completed works are presented to the public towards the end of each residency period in an exhibition. Documentation of these works is archived in the MAK Center Archive. An online version of the archive is available at www.makcenterarchive.org.
The Mackey residencies are awarded to independent projects exploring 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 the place of implementing or continuing the applicant's own work; and demonstrate a conceptual and experimental approach. Recipients of awards are encouraged to participate in the activities of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House as well as attend meetings, workshops and project discussions with other artists and students.
Emphasis is placed on the location of the residency in Los Angeles. Increasingly, Los Angeles is becoming a primary location for critical and cultural activity in art, architecture, and urban theory. The residentsí projects must reflect and incorporate facets of the city and its social fabric, addressing its unique aspects.
The residency program has a distinguished list of alumni and has included participants from Austria, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Hungary, Poland, China, Thailand, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Slovakia, Serbia and Russia.