Android Netrunner Pizza Party

Saturday, April 25th // 8pm
at Machine Project
with Cyberpunk Reading Group
FREE

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In the nightmarish digital hellscape of today, there are only two choices: CORP or RUNNER. Presenting… the cyberpunk card game that’s taking the world by storm: Android Netrunner. Which side will you choose? The CORP seeking to advance it’s corporate agendas? The Sony, the Google, the Northrop-Grumman – conniving, intimidating, and undercutting in the name of profit and power.. Or are you the white-hat RUNNER? Self-sacrificing and alone – armed with nothing but a few back-alley neural implants and a stim-deck – hacking the corporate firewall for the chance to upset the oligarchy and restore justice.

Join us at Machine Project Saturday, April 25th at 8pm for an Android Netrunner Pizza Party. Come for your first introduction to this incredible and addicting card game, test out your latest deck on veteran players, or simply to eat pizza and chat about the cyber-dystopia that is our present. This is truly the most incredible and most descriptive game of modern life. Appropriate attire highly encouraged.

“In the public consciousness, there’s a hard line between corp and runner. In the real world, things are a little more porous. The corps need the best hackers to run their networks, and some of the best hackers are ex-runners who like the idea of a regular paycheck. But sometimes things run the other way, and someone on the inside makes something like this…”

Machine This Week: March 13th and Beyond

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Events: Scraps and Hangers Screening
Friday, April 17th // 8pm
This Friday come down to the Machine storefront for an evening with the Poor Dog Group, in celebration of their latest video Scraps and Hangers. Non-linear and hypnotic, the work centers on PDG’s last project, stitching together pre-recorded screen tests, security camera footage, and promotional material. It’s repurposed performance documentation, and local access cable shows all rolled into one. The L.A. collective will incorporate an interactive video station for participants based on the work of Dan Graham and fellow pioneers of early video art. Come by and check it out, refreshments provided.

Events: Secret Poetry Archive Party with Evan Burrows, Harmony Holiday, and Cedar Sigo
Sunday, April 19th // 5pm
This weekend we have the pleasure of hosting Cedar Sigo in Los Angeles. In celebration of Cedar’s poetry and presence we’ll be having a reading this Sunday evening at Machine. Please come, hang out, and listen to Cedar’s inimitable poetry, described by Bomb magazine as “at once contemporary and antiquated, totally alien and uncannily familiar, so that they operate with a realm of uncertainty where any movement the poem makes is charged with potential.” Cedar will be joined by his fellow poets Evan Burrows, and Harmony Holiday from the Machine Poetry Archive Project (soon to be released!). Refreshments provided.

Events: Android Netrunner Pizza Party
Saturday, April 25th // 8pm
Android Netrunner is the cyberpunk card game sweeping the nation – pitting the all powerful Corporation against the Hacker’s restorative force of justice. Which side will you choose? The monolithic entity undercutting and exploiting for their market share? Or the rogue citizen armed with little more than a stim-deck and some cheap neural implants, risking life and limb for the rare opportunity to upset the balance of power. Come down to Machine Project for your first introduction to this incredible card game, or bring your latest deck to test on battle-hardened runners. There will be pizza and beer!

Machine This Week: March 25th and Beyond

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Events: High Desert Test Sites and Machine Project Off Road Expo
Saturday, March 28th to Sunday, March 29th
Machine Project and High Desert Test Sites are going camping together and we’d like you to join us! This weekend we’ll depart Machine Project and head out to a secret desert location, about two hours from Joshua Tree and Los Angeles. We’ve invited eight artists to do projects throughout the weekend, and you the public are invited to bring things to share, show, or just to keep yourself occupied. You can purchase a ticket(sliding scale) to receive the location, or bring an item from our very long wishlist (we need gasoline!). Friday evening is the last chance to purchase tickets, hope to see you there!

Workshops: Private Virtual Realities Workshop
Tuesday, April 7th // Thursday, April 9th // Tuesday, April 14th
Have you always wanted to create a little quiet place where you can just get away and hide from the pressures of modern life? Have you ever considered crafting your own private virtual reality in which to hide? You’re in luck. Join artists and coders kyttenjanae and thom rugo for three sessions covering the basics of constructing virtual environments for the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard virtual reality consoles. You’ll learn everything you need to know to go home and craft virtual worlds of your own, only a laptop and smartphone are required, but no experience necessary.

Machine This Week: March 16th to March 23rd

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Events: Sesíon Continua: A Porn Theater in Echo Park
Friday, March 20th // 11:59pm to Saturday, March 21st // 11:59pm
This weekend Dirty Looks: Los Angeles takes over the Machine Project Mystery Theater for a 24-hour marathon screening of classic gay and lesbian erotica. Presented in “sesíon continua” style – no schedules, no set attendance times – guests are invited to slip in and out or stay a while to witness a bygone approach towards explicit cinema. Entrance is through the alley by the gas station, $12 cover.

Events: Lizard Weekend: A Picnic for Humans and Lizards
Saturday, March 21st // 3pm
While vintage erotica streams beneath our floorboards, we’ve dedicated the rest of the weekend to the glorious union between humans and lizards. On Saturday afternoon at 3pm, meet us at the Stough Canyon Nature Center in Burbank where we’ll hike to the ruins of an old boy scout camp, now inhabited by lizards. We’ll stop there for a picnic of bugs and veggies to be enjoyed by both humans and lizards, prepared by artist Candice Lin, and a lizard meditation from Asher Hartman, before heading back down the mountain to our own burrows.

Events: Lizard Weekend: A Lecture for Lizards and Humans
Sunday, March 22nd // 8pm
Sunday evening Lizard Weekend continues with a lecture for lizards and humans by lizard researcher Marion Preest. Dr. Preest will present on multiple aspects of feeding in lizards including Chameleon techniques for luring prey, the effect of head size on sand-swimming-skinks, and changes in prey-capture abilities as lizards transition through puberty. Essential information for the modern Angeleno.

Events: High Desert Test Sites and Machine Project Off Road Expo
Saturday, March 28th to Sunday, March 29th
Machine Project and High Desert Test Sites are going camping together and we’d like you to join us! Next weekend we’ll depart Machine Project and head out to a secret desert location, about two hours from Joshua Tree and Los Angeles. We’ve invited eight artists to do projects throughout the weekend, and you the public are invited to bring things to share, show, or just to keep yourself occupied. You can purchase a ticket(sliding scale) to receive the location, or bring an item from our very long wishlist. Current items we desire include oil lanterns, emergency flares, and containers of gasoline. Hope to see you there!

Making History: California Graphic Design Roadshow

Saturday, March 14th // 12-5pm
at Machine Project
FREE

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Bring your SPECTACULAR examples of California graphic design from before the year 2000 in the form posters, books, flyers, stickers, LSD tabs, magazine, zines, pamphlets, cards, brochures, logos, motion graphics, animation, lettering, fonts, signage, record covers, tickets, ephemera, religious documents, cult graphics, games, buttons, badges, illustrations, titles, signage, lost dog flyers, filming flyers, resumes, photos or documentation of spaces, store window displays, store design, exhibitions, apparel with graphics, as well articles about Cal Design, correspondence, etc.

3–5 examples max, please
With design history experts, graphic design students from around Los Angeles, and other graphic design history devotees on hand we’ll help identify and document California graphic design history! It will all get added to website/wiki on California Graphic design to help build this AMAZING history.

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Machine This Week: March 2nd to March 9th

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Events: Peter Blasser with Ezra Buchla and Sejayno
Saturday, March 7th // 8pm
In continuing Machine Project’s commitment to only present experimental analog-synth musicians, analog synth designer and musician Peter Blasser is coming to Machine to present new and old synthesizers, such as the Tocante touchers, Shbobo squishers, and a Deerhorn Organ. Ezra Buchla and Sejayno will also be in attendance, assisting in overture and recitative.

Workshops: LED Bicycle Wheel Animation
Saturday, March 7th // 1 to 4pm, Saturday, March 8th // 1 to 4pm
Come join Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers Charles Dandino and Alex Bielawiec, as we learn to master the art of LED bike wheel animation. We’ll learn how to wire and install the LEDs to our spokes, then using Arduino microcontrollers we will time the blinking of the LEDs to the spinning of our wheels, allowing for elaborate and beautiful LED animations. No experience is necessary, this event is open to ages 14+.

Workshops: DIY Art Space or Whatever
Sunday, March 8th // 5 to 8pm
Hey you! Have you ever thought about starting your own art/music/literary/performance/whatever space? Why not? Los Angeles is a rich environment for creating low cost, grassroots venues of all kinds. Machine Project director Mark Allen will share his experience starting Machine Project and a couple of previous (even more low end) artist run spaces, and will answer questions, give advice, and provide an overview on the basics of starting your own cultural venue in this free informal workshop. Email machine@machineproject.com with what you want to learn about, and to RSVP.

Events: Typography, Aesthetics, and the Future of Reading
Monday, March 9th // 8pm
Come down to Machine Project next Monday for a lecture by reading psychologist Kevin Larson. Kevin works on Microsoft’s Advanced Reading Technologies team, working to explore and optimize computer-based reading. He’ll be presenting past research on a range of topics, including the the impact of design and layout on reading comprehension and mood, the history of syntax/commas, and how new technologies are changing our relationship to grammar. This event is free, refreshments provided.

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Workshops: DIY Miso Workshop
Sunday, March 1st // 5 to 7pm
Come join Secret Restaurant’s Bob Dornberger, to learn how to make your own miso in a hands-on workshop that demystifies the fermented soybean product. Participants will learn how rice innoculated with the mold Aspergillus Oryzae turns soybeans into a versatile umami-rich food. The class will make a batch of shiro (white) miso, that matures over a period of a few weeks. You will also learn how to make shio-koji, an enzyme rich seasoning agent that can be used to make pickles, season dishes and much more. Participants will take home a kit of all the ingredients needed to make their own miso at home, as well as discover the most unusual application for miso you could possible imagine.

Events: Train the Trainer – Wikipedia Editing Workshop | Art + Feminism
Monday, March 2nd // 7pm
In preparation for LACMA’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, East of Borneo is hosting Train the Trainer, Monday at Machine Project. This two hour session will help prepare facilitators and volunteers who plan to participate in the upcoming Edit-A-Thon, so they can better support new Wikipedians. You do not need experience to participate in this workshop, but space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

Events: Peter Blasser with Ezra Buchla and Sejayno
Saturday, March 7th // 8pm
In continuing Machine Project’s commitment to only present experimental analog-synth musicians, analog synth designer and musician Peter Blasser is coming to Machine to present new and old synthesizers, such as the Tocante touchers, Shbobo squishers, and a Deerhorn Organ. Ezra Buchla and Sejayno will also be in attendance, assisting in overture and recitative.

Workshops: LED Bicycle Wheel Animation
Saturday, March 7th // 1 to 4pm, Saturday, March 8th // 1 to 4pm
Come join Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers Charles Dandino and Alex Bielawiec, as we learn to master the art of LED bike wheel animation. We’ll learn how to wire and install the LEDs to our spokes, then using Arduino microcontrollers we will time the blinking of the LEDs to the spinning of our wheels, allowing for elaborate and beautiful LED animations. No experience is necessary, this event is open to ages 14+.

Machine This Week: February 17th to February 22nd

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Workshops: Tarot Deck Making and Reading
Thursday, February 19th // 7 to 10pm
Theurgists, occultists, and psychic dabblers come down to Machine Project this Thursday for an evening of witchery with Marty Windahl and Amy Von Harrington. Learn the history of Tarot and the underlying principles of Tarot deck construction, then we’ll craft and customize your own Tarot cards. Next master-reader Marty will facilitate individual and group readings, teaching participants to hone their intuition and read like a pro. There will be snacks, and beverages. Feel free to bring materials of personal significance to customize your cards.

Events: Dear God, Why? – The Catholic Dead on Display
Friday, February 20th // 8pm
Lent begins tomorrow, and in conjunction we’re hosting Elizabeth Harper for a virtual walking-tour of spaces devoted to death. Rented corpses, used hangman’s ropes, skull garlands, berzerk Neoclassical Purgatorial Societies… Come explore the “liminal spaces between here and the afterlife, between flesh and bone; where the impermanence and embarrassment of the human body and it’s functions only underscores the permanence and dignity of the soul.” There will be refreshments! This event is free, but spots are filling quickly. Email machine@machineproject.com to RSVP.

Workshops: Past Life Regression and 3D Modeling Workshop
Saturday, February 21st // 1 to 4pm, Tuesday, February 24th // 7 to 10pm, and Thursday, February 26th // 7 to 10pm
To cap off our week of witchery and liturgy, Machine Project’s resident psychics Krystal Krunch are coming Saturday for the first of our three session Past Life Regression and 3D Modeling Workshop. Psychics Asher Hartman and Haruko Tanaka will lead participants through individual past life regressions, exploring the architecture of your previous existence. Hovels, hell holes, castles, or subterranean troglodyte shelters – all are fair game in the psychic field of the past. Next week 3D modeling wizard Chris Weisbart will lead participants through two sessions learning to use basic 3D modeling software, as we recreate the architecture of our past lives in the digital realm. It is sure to be enlightening and informative – don’t miss out!

Machine This Week: February 10th and Beyond

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Event: Hour of Power REDUX 2
Friday, February 13th // 8pm
This Friday is a very rare and auspicious Friday the 13th, so we’re planning a very sp00ky evening of powerpoint presentations. Like ghosts, witches, conspiracies or mysteries? Make a powerpoint! All are invited to participate and we’d like to emphasize that the bar is LOW – powerpoints must be shorter than 3.33 minutes (three minutes twenty seconds), and they can be about whatever you like – don’t be intimidated, just make one! You can bring it the night of on a USB stick, or email it to machine@machineproject.com. Non-presenting attendees are welcome, but presenting is highly encouraged.

Event: Sunset to Sunset: Walk to the Beach
Sunday, February 15th // 7:30am
What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Going to bed at a sensible hour we hope, because Sunday morning at 7:30 am we’re meeting at the Machine storefront and we’re walking to the beach! Sunset to Sunset is a pedestrian journey through the mean streets of Los Angeles, exploring the city in a way few of us have before. There will be blisters, exhaustion, sunburns, and tears, but mostly it will be fun. Come join us!

Workshops: Tarot Deck Making and Reading
Thursday, February 19th // 7 to 10pm
Come to Machine Project next Thursday for an evening of tarot deck crafting and reading. Artist and tarot maker Amy Von Harrington and artist/tarot reader extraordinaire/witch Marty Windahl will lead participants through a history of tarot, then lead a crafting session where we’ll design and create our own custom tarot cards. The evening will end with collaborative readings of each others cards, guided by Marty.

Workshops: Past Life Regression and 3D Modeling Workshop
Saturday, February 21st // 1 to 4pm, Tuesday, February 24th // 7 to 10pm, and Thursday, February 26th // 7 to 10pm
Our final workshop on the horizon is one we’ve been planning for a while. Presenting… Past Life Regression and 3D Modeling. Ever wonder who you were in your previous existence, and more importantly where you were living? Well wonder no longer. Machine Project resident psychic-duo Krystal Krunch will guide participants through a past life regression session, focusing on the architectural details of their previous dwelling. In the next two workshop sessions, multimedia artist and Machine Project idol Chris Weisbart will teach participants how to three dimensionally model these dwellings in SketchUp modeling software. Uncover the past, step into the future, don’t miss out!

Machine this Week: January 26th to February 1st

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Event: The Third Rail Issue 4 Launch and Plumb Line Screening
Wednesday, January 28th // 7-9pm
Come to Machine Project this Wednesday evening for a rare screening of Carolee Shneemann’s 16mm film Plumb Line (1971), in celebration of the launch of Issue 4 of The Third Rail Quarterly, an intriguing and thoughtful publication by some of our favorite Minneapolitans. We’ll have refreshments, free copies of the latest issue, and Plumb Line screening in our secret underground Mystery Theater. If you can’t make the event, be sure to check them out at the LA Art Book Fair this weekend!

Upcoming: Urban Cat Architecture
Caturday February 7th, Caturday February 14th, and Caturday February 28th // 1-4pm
The City of Los Angeles is considering upping the legal limit of cats you can own to five, just in time for our Urban Cat Architecture workshop. Go stock up on felines and come on down to Machine Project Caturday, February 7th for the first of three sessions covering all things feline-architecture. We’ll start with cat trees, scratching posts, cat towers, and indoor kitty homes, advance in difficulty to outdoor catios and window boxes, and conclude in glory with the rare and highly esteemed KITTY AQUARIUM. You’ll learn some building skills along the way, and your cats will revere you for the constructions you bring home. Don’t miss out!

Upcoming: Felting and Natural Dyeing Workshop
Sunday, February 8th // 1-5pm
Come celebrate the Year of the Sheep with our Felting and Natural Dyeing Workshop. Artist Carolyn Mason will lead participants in the processing of the natural dyes cochineal and indigo – the substances that have defined the colors red and blue for centuries. We’ll turn raw wool into beautiful sculptural felt objects, make your own dye vats for coloring the felt, and we’ll spend some time at our local laundromat discussing the ancient history behind this fiber art and the conflicted past of these primary colors. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind staining with beautiful pigments.