coming soon! machinaloci space

In early 2019,

Machina Loci will launch machinaloci space, an art and architecture research project space in Berkeley California.




2016 project at University of California Berkeley campus.

About Dialogue & Round

As artist in residence in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley during February and March 2017, Carol Mancke will work in the newly opened Media/Maker Lab space (175 Dwinelle) and curate a series of workshops and performances with students, visitors and staff that experiment with different forms of conversation and collaborative thinking.

Made in 2015, Carol’s Table 18, is a  modular table that combines to form a twelve-foot diameter table that seats 18 people. The surface is inscribed with the plan of an imaginary city that knits six real public spaces of recent prolonged public  into one imagined city fabric. Table 18, first installed in the RCA Research Biennial (London 2015), and later featured in The Democratic Table event at the Tate Modern (London 2016), prompted conversations about activism, cities and social change (see machina for more about Carol’s work).

During this residency, Carol is working on a second table, this one inscribed in a way that draws attention to issues of global (and local) migration. Carol believes that these large round tables can be used to enrich public cultural and political conversation at the neighborhood scale. Working collaboratively with other artists and thinkers, she is testing different methods for deploying the tables in public space that include: public readings and performances; collaborative game development; curated combat and argument; collaborative making, writing and/or singing and other tactics.

Carol Mancke

February – March 2017

Timeline for Dialogue & Round:

Residency period: February – April 2017

In residence in the space (10:00 am -5:30 pm):

Tuesdays: 2/14. 21. 28; 3/7, 21, 28

Thursdays: 2/9, 16; 3/2. 23, 30

Fridays: 2/17, 24; 3/3, 24, 31

More about Carol

London and Oakland-based artist, architect and educator Carol Mancke works at the intersection of art and cities through her practice, machina loci. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture, Carol’s practice engages a range of time frames and scales from drawing, photography, sculpture and installation through to architecture and urbanism. Her work has featured in solo and group shows in Britain and Japan, including the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in 2009. In 2011-12, she was artist in residence at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Australia. Carol was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London (2004-2014); has degrees from M.I.T., UC Berkeley and the University of the Arts London and is currently pursuing a PhD in fine art practice at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research looks at the capacity of artistic practices operating in public to generate alternative ways to think through and produce structures of everyday life. She is investigating how artists challenge the way cities are designed and inhabited; how their work helps us to break through habitual patterns of thought and whether it is possible for artistic practice to function as a positive force in the public arena outside the operations of capital. Carol is currently a visiting researcher in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley.



Ellsemere Port Boogie Woogie


Welcome to Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie!*

Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie is a contemporary art experiment investigating the hidden lives of cars and car parks.

In July 2014, artist Carol Mancke explored the performative possibilities of Ellesmere Port car parks – filming from above using a camera suspended from balloons – and collecting individual stories about cars in Ellesmere Port. Please say hello if you see her!

And, if this piques your curiosity, perhaps you would be willing to participate in the experiment by allowing Carol to interview you in your car? If so, please email her at

*Ellesmere Port Boogie Woogie is also part of artist Nayan Kulkarni’s research project that is developing a unique approach to public art in Ellesmere Port. For more about Nayan Kulkarni see

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