Machine this Week: July 21st to July 27th

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OFFSITE EVENT : Machinations in the Library
Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 – 9:30pm
Join us Saturday at the Los Angeles Central Library, as Machine Project artists reimagine and respond to the Library’s space and collections. From a sound and dance improvisation inspired by a photograph of legendary choreographer Bella Lewitzky in the LAPL’s photo collection, to site-specific video installations (including one based on used books unearthed in a library book sale)—these artists will transform various areas of Central Library into an interactive multimedia playground.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Beginning Raspberry Pi – Getting Started with Audio and Video
Part 1 of 3, Tuesday, July 29th from 7:00 – 10:00pm
Space is still available for our three part workshop series, exploring the basics of Raspberry Pi computers. The workshop will cover getting started with Raspberry Pi computers with an emphasis on working with HD video playback, using the camera module and getting started with sound output using Pure Data. Technically inclined audio-visual artists are encouraged to attend but anyone with a general curiosity about the Raspberry Pi and Linux is welcome. Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 22nd so act fast!

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Becoming More Anonymous
Part 1 of 3 Wednesday, August 6th from 7:00 – 10:00pm
Back by popular demand, Professors X and Y lead a three part workshop focusing on methods for the circumvention or blocking of digital and real-world surveillance. Browse the internet anonymously. Lock down your computer and passwords. Encrypt your email messages. Build a new you or a new identity.

Machine this Week : July 17th – 19th

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MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : After After and So On – Kristin Cammermeyer
Thursday, July 17th at 8pm
As a finale to this series, Kristin Cammermeyer will be working in the space July 11th – 15th to produce a sculptural collage that uses materials from each of the performances and initiates the physical collapse and deconstruction of the Machine Project Project Space itself. Abstracted video documentation of the performances will be layered with dislocated walls and materials collected from the events. The work will serve as an archive and compression of the past performances with the real-time condition of the site at which they transpired.

EVENT : Salon des Refusés
Saturday, July 19th at 2:30pm and Sunday, July 20th at 4:30pm
Drop by air-conditioned Machine for a series of rescheduled roaming theater performances in the first ever Machine Project Roaming Theater Salon des Refusés (MPRTSdR). After an awesome (and unbearably hot) run in Grand Park, we have transported the Roaming Theatre from the wilds of Downtown to the Machine Project storefront for a series of original performances from MPRT artists, including cooking shows, sound walls, and an experience self-described as “so cute that kittens will fall out of your ears.”

Machine this Week : July 10 – July 13

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MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : Rabble – Holly Myers & Mathew Timmons
Thursday, July 10th at 8pm
Rabble is an imprint of Insert Blanc Press dedicated to the publication of innovative critical writing in pamphlet form. The evening will include readings, performances, and other occasions of rabble rousing by Myers, Timmons, Alexandra Grant, Doug Harvey, Tyler Stallings, and others.

WORKSHOP : Wild Clay Workshop – SOLD OUT!
Sunday, July 13th from 1-5pm
Learn to identify local clay, and then process some of this special dirt into a workable material. The pinching and coiling techniques used by the earliest humans are still some of the best ways to shape clay, and they will be demonstrated so that each participant can make a small object by the end of the workshop. In this workshop, you will compare wild clay with commercially available clay, and talk a bit about traditional potter’s practices and pit firing techniques.

Thanks, yay!

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Dearest friends and supporters,

I’m delighted to report that with your help our end of fiscal year campaign was a success! This is so great because not only do we have enough money to pay the rent and such, but it also creates a holographic projection of professional responsibility to all those funding/granting institutions scrutinizing our tax returns.

Thanks to all you humans, human westsiders, cats, horses, and other unconfirmed species, we raised 9,823 dollars! To put that into a number that is easier to understand, that’s the equivalent of 3.6 brand new four-person hot tubs.

If you’re reading this and are filled with the feeling that you just missed out on something great, you did. But don’t worry, you can help us get a start on next year by becoming a member now. Beat the rush!

We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.

love,

Mark

Behind the Scenes with OK Go

Friday, June 27th at 8-11pm
at Machine Project
Free for members // $999 for non-members

CLICK HERE to reserve a ticket

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Dear Machine Project members,

Please join us for an informal behind the scenes event with Ok Go on their new music video, The Writing’s on the Wall. This video is filled with mind-blowing optical illusions that will make you throw your babies in the air in excitement, if you have babies and are really excitable. So maybe don’t bring your babies, but do come to this event, which features a screening of the video, some great behind the scenes footage, a discussion unveiling of the secrets behind the various illusions, and all the Q&A you want to stick around
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Members: If you didn’t get the email with the access code, email wendy@machineproject.com and she will send it to you.

Machine the Week: June 24th – June 26th

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MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK: Johanna Kozma & Patrick Ballard
Tuesday, June 24th at 1pm
A puppet/experimental-comedy show about the dualities of parallax as told by a pair of cassowaries.

WORKSHOPS: Data Art Workshop – Sold out!
Wednesday, June 25th from 7-10pm
Learn how to make artwork out of basic data manipulation in this four-session Data Art class taught by Anthony Arroyo. You’ll learn basic Javascript and use WebGL, which will help you take your preferred data set and turn it into an intriguing and informative piece of procedural art that will work in any browser. You’ll also get a brief introduction into the world of data science and manipulation.

MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS: Drive Time Music – Dorothy Hoover
Thursday, June 26th at 8pm
In this live performance, three brothers – criminals on the run from the law – enact violence on each other in a series of subverted slapstick actions.

Last Call – Become a Machine Project Member Now!

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Dear Friends,

It may shock you (as it shocks us) that we need money, but we do. We really do. Our fiscal year is rapidly/rabidly approaching, and we’re about $8,000 short what we need for membership. To put it in perspective, if everyone on our email list donated $1, OR if you sent us an unmarked fedex box with $8,000 in we would hit that target. Let’s do this.

As a Member your money goes to:

  • Paying smart people to talk to/at you as part of our free public programming
  • Renting this charming storefront where we all gather together
  • Turning this charming storefront into a boat/forest/cave/ufo abduction site for your amazement
  • The salaries of our employees who make everything possible

If you like what we do and want to see us continue to do it become a member now – we need your support.

Click here to become a member.

love,

Machine

Machine this Week : June 9th – June 14th

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MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS: I like LA & LA likes Me – Drue Worrell
Tuesday, June 9th at 9:00pm
Usually appearing as a trickster, a cultural hero or both, Coyote also appears in creation myths and etiological myths. Although often appearing in stories as male, Coyote can be female, hermaphrodite, or gender changing, as told in traditional Aboriginal stories.

Event curated by Amy Garofano.

MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK: Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification
Tuesday, June 10th – Friday, June 13th from 11am-2pm
Artist Chris Kallmyer presents the Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification (LADWM), dedicated to investigating the changing weather through sound, spirit, and perception. LADWM has established a field office in Grand Park altering weather experiences for downtown inhabitants.

WORKSHOPS: PhoneGap 101: Utilizing Web Technologies for Mobile Apps
Tuesday, June 10th and Thursday, June 12th from 7-10pm
In this two part class, Raphael Arar will help you get started making native apps for iOS using PhoneGap, which allows you to make a mobile web application that functions like a native smartphone app. You’ll learn how to create a basic map application that leverages geo-location and Google Maps. Participants should have a basic knowledge of HMTL, CSS and Javascript.

MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK: Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification, Weather Opera
Thursday, June 12th at 8pm
An opera investigating wind, rain, and the lore surrounding our relationship with the weather in Los Angeles. Participants will lament weather modification gone awry, and explore our changing environment through autotuned weather reports, weather radio, and music composed by the LADWM.

MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS: Sweat on Suede – Kenn Taylor
Saturday, June 14 at 10:00pm
Sweat and sway with Dj Sharkey. Snacks. Drinks. Paintings. BYOB is ok too. Sweat pants recommended.

Event curated by Amy Garofano.

Machine this Week : June 3rd – June 8th

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MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK : Daniel Corral
Thursday, June 5th at 12:15pm
A miniaturized one-man band plays three whimsical solos for accordion, toy piano, and percussion.

WORKSHOPS: Web Fundamentals for Mobile Design Workshop
Tuesday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 5th from 7-10pm
Raphael Arar will teach you the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the first class, and then you’ll learn how to take these skills mobile using jQuery and responsive web design in the second class. These skills are a prerequisite for our PhoneGap 101 class so, if you need to brush up on your basic web coding, this is the class for you.

WORKSHOPS: Neanderthalism: Handmade Art Materials from your Backyard Workshop
Saturday, June 7th from 1-5pm
Interested in making inexpensive art supplies using materials you gather in your backyard? Want to learn to heat water or cook in a solar oven that costs less than $10 to make? Like to learn about pigments and dyes native to the area? If you missed the Neanderthal fun last weekend, join Katie Herzog in this workshop.

WORKSHOPS: Palm-Reading and Life-Casting Workshop
Sunday, June 8th from 12-4pm
Students will first use an alginate-based non-toxic process to make a full life-cast of their hands. Then, tarot and palmistry expert Zac Monday will teach us the basics of palm-reading and we will read our wax casts. Students will partner up and assist each other during the making of their life-casts, and then later practice palmistry on one another. Each student will receive a personalized reading by Zac and a wax cast of one of their hands to take home.

Descriptions of Los Angeles – Raymond Chandler

Wednesday, May 28th // 7:57 pm
at Olive Court @ Grand Park
FREE

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The great Los Angeles detective novelist Raymond Chandler is justly known for depictions of his city and its environs. As part of our extended program of events in Grand Park, a selection of descriptive excerpts from Chandler’s novels will be heard each evening at dusk in Olive Court (just downhill from the fountain) through mid-June. Chandler selections are curated and read by Machine Poet Laureate Anthony McCann.

We are gathering together at 7:57pm to enjoy sunset and the somewhat menacing sound of Raymond Chandler’s prose infiltrating the soundscape of the park. Upon cessation of the audio at 8:26pm, Anthony will read a poem he wrote in adjacency to the Chandler piece and then Adam Goldman, who recorded and mastered the audio, will perform an acoustic cover of “It’s a shame about Ray(mond Chandler)” by the Lemonheads. Afterwards we might go get a drink or slink away anonymously.

Mark will be wearing a red tie in case you don’t know him and want to say hello.

This event is co-presented with the Music Center.