Michael Wallraff / Group VIII, Apr 99 - Sept 99
SOME THINGS TO BE SEEN OR TAKING PLACE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO EACH OTHER
MAK Center at the Mackey Apartments, 1137 - 1141 South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
With "field.california.1999," architect Michael Wallraff presented an installation of an open grid of information, a kind of “billboard in the living room.” Rather than producing a new design, Wallraff utilized his residency as a research project, collecting information that fed his future work. Wallraff likened the billboard surface to a charged “skin," the model of an architectural façade and itself a space, both physical and metaphorical. This space consisted of diverse materials and focused on “Houses Without Qualities” – a research project that explored elements which described notions of building and architecture - including landart, industrial housing, event structures, and sustainable communities. The project made this material accessible to the public and served as a fertile field for further transformations and processes.