Push and Pull! Workshops on Socio-Spatial Nodes of Mobility and Migration Los Angeles

20. Februar 2014

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Garages at the Mackey Apartments
1137 South Cochran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Through a series of three public workshops participants will join Tracings Spaces (current MAK Center architect-in-residence Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel) and Place It! (James Rojas) to trace and depict individual experiences linked to travel and migration histories. Inside one of the garages at the Mackey Apartments, they will create a striding geographic and spatial cartography, a walkable globe with corners and edges, permeated by a network of paths, with Los Angeles as its center.

Every city is part of a network shaped by transnational connections and specific zones that modulate the exchanges between it and the rest of the world. At such nodes, the effects of migratory movements and the globalized exchange of goods and services become visible, and there political changes can be found immediately looming. Using the experience and materials of Rojas’s well-known practice, Tracing Spaces and Place It! will utilize these workshops to highlight urban patterns and complement them with political reflection in the form of comic drawings.

Visitors are asked to come by the Mackey Apartments during the hours announced, or by appointment, and talk about their mobility and/or migration experiences. Or, more simply, answer the question “How did you get here/there?”

These answers and stories will then be integrated into the three-dimensional map that will grow over the length of the three workshops.

Workshop I

(Tracing Spaces + Place It!)
Monday, February 17
2-5 PM

Workshop II

and critique
(Tracing Spaces + Guests)
Sunday, March 9
2-5 PM

Workshop III

and final presentation
(Tracing Spaces + Place It! + Guests)
Thursday, March 13
2-5 PM

For further questions and individual appointments please contact:

Michael Hieslmair
Mail: hies@him.at
Cell USA: +1-213-359-2764

About Tracing Spaces

Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel live and work as artists, curators and writers in Vienna. Since 2005, they collaborate for research and art projects about the impact of transnational mobility, migration and tourism on cultural change in urban, suburban and rural agglomerations. In 2012, they founded Tracing Spaces, a platform for interdisciplinary research projects, events and publications.


About Place It!

Founder James Rojas lives in Los Angeles, holds an MA in City Planning and an MS in Architecture Studies from MIT. He works as a city and transportation planner, and is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. He has written and lectured extensively about how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape, and, through Place It!, has organized an impressive number of on-site model installations and interactive workshops.