Scoring, Building: New work by Michelle Jaja Chang

Scoring, Building is a new project by Michelle Jaja Chang that investigates architecture as an allographic or notational art. The work is a temporary and durational intervention in the courtyard of the Mackey Apartments. The project proposes an architectural instantiation from the basis of a score, written by the architect, which is then translated into instructions for the construction of the installation itself. The work is action-based, slowing down and reframing the activities of conventional drywall construction to focus on-site preparation (measuring, documenting, marking); framing construction (stacking, ordering, assembling), and drywall installation (scoring, affixing, finishing), rather than material assemblage. The installation is scored in three recursive “iterations”, each one accompanied by a public program in order to unpack the ideas of the installation itself. Alongside the physical installation, the project is distributed through a live audio feed of the on-site construction, and documentary photography by Tag Cristof. Scoring, Building is commissioned by Materials & Applications as the winning project of an open call for projects in 2018. 

The installation is scored in three recursive “iterations”, each one accompanied by a public program:

Iteration I takes place on February 1, 7pm - 9pm with guest appearance and electronic music performance by Neil DenariI

Iteration II takes place on February 15, 7pm - 9pm in conversation with CCMA 

Iteration III takes place on February 29 with a closing party 

Opening reception and Iterations I-III take place at the Mackey Apartments (1137 S Cochran Ave) 

Image courtesy of Michelle Chang, 2018.
18 January to 29 February 2020
Mackey Apartments and Mackey Garages
1137 South Cochran Avenue
90019 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Materials & Applications