Upcoming at Machine Project

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Events: Amateur Hour: Becoming Famous – Facial Contouring, Head Shots, Bios and More…
Friday, May 22nd // 8pm
The Best Friends Learning Gang returns next Friday for another Amateur Hour, this time focused on the nebulous quality of FAME. Achieve the beauty standards of celebrity with the transformative power of facial contouring make up. Make your eyes pop, sculpt your jawbone, chisel your cheekbones, and slim your nose down to a fine point. Fabricate a personal history to maximize intrigue and prophecy your meteoric rise. Capture yourself at your peak with a head shot from our amateur photographers. As always the evening is 100% amateur run, with no central leader or authority. Free beer.

Workshops: Graceless Lady: Mystery Theater Dance Workshop
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10pm: June 3rd // June 10th // June 24th // July 1st // July 8th // July 15th
This June Machine Project begins a six week experimental dance workshop, designed for those who may not have formal training, but are interested in creating movement-based performances. Artists Maria Garcia and Clare Kelly will share their process of developing performances together as friends and collaborators, and guide participants to develop performances of their own over the course of the six weeks. A rotating cast of experimental musicians will work with participants to create custom scores to perform to, working towards a final performance series in Machine Project’s Mystery Theater. This workshop is an experiment that will evolve based on the interests participants bring to the group. Open to all humans.

Machine This Week: May 5th to May 15th

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Events: Explorations in Teledildonics #1: Lecture with Ian Ingram
Saturday, May 9th // 8pm
Join us in the Machine storefront this Saturday at 8pm, for a lecture by Ian Ingram on the future of robotic-lizard love and mechanized territory making, focused on Ian’s territory-marking robotic lizards. Ian builds mechatronic and robotic systems that borrow facets from animal morphology and behavior, from the shapes and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals. These systems are often intended to cohabitate and interact with animals in the wild, exploring the manmade object’s future as a willful entity and the nature of communication. See the future, drink refreshments.

Events: Explorations in Teledildonics #1: Robotic Lizard Mating Performance with Ian Ingram
Sunday, May 10th // 1-4pm
Sunday at 1pm, meet us at the fallen tree in Elyria Canyon Park on Mt. Washington for a performance of Ian Ingram’s territory-marking robotic Western Fence Lizard Lizardless Legs. This mechatronic robot is designed to imitate the territory-marking push ups of Western Fence Lizards. The fallen tree (coordinates 34.101115, -118.223263) is a site of lizard mating Ian has been following for years. Throughout the afternoon, Lizardless Legs will be attempting to interact with the live flesh-lizards. Can a robot love an animal and be loved in return? Find out!

Events: Amateur Hour: Becoming Famous – Facial Contouring, Head Shots, Bios and More…
Friday, May 22nd // 8pm
The Best Friends Learning Gang returns next Friday for another Amateur Hour, this time focused on the nebulous quality of FAME. Achieve the beauty standards of celebrity with the transformative power of facial contouring make up. Make your eyes pop, sculpt your jawbone, chisel your cheekbones, and slim your nose down to a fine point. Fabricate a personal history to maximize intrigue and prophecy your meteoric rise. Capture yourself at your peak with a head shot from our amateur photographers. As always the evening is 100% amateur run, with no central leader or authority. Free beer.

Machine This Week: March 13th and Beyond

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Workshops: Bondage Hoods, Bagels, and Bloody Marys
Saturday, May 2nd // 11-2pm
This Saturday Machine Project has made the questionable decision to allow Mark Allen’s college students to host a workshop in our storefront. Presenting Bondage Hoods, Bagels, and Bloody Marys – a morning of crafts and brunch. Local dominatrix Kim Ye will give an introduction to the subculture, then lead participants through the crafting of their own custom bondage hoods out of vegan-friendly pleather. Accompanying the crafts are an assortment of delicious sliced bagels, and tasty bloody marys. Space is limited, tickets can be purchased for $5 here. This is meant as a safe, welcoming environment allowing participants to explore the aesthetics and erotics of bondage at their own pace.

Workshops: Workshop on Workshops
Saturday, May 9th // 1-4pm
Do you have interest in the wide and wily world of workshops? Do you work at an institution interested in hosting workshops? Are you an artist thinking of developing a workshop of your own? Well regardless, come to our Workshop on Workshops next Saturday, May 9th. The Machine Project programming team will discuss our philosophies, trials, and tribulations hosting workshops at Machine, then lead participants through the development of their own projects that will hopefully be surprising, satisfying, and welcoming to the public. This workshop is free but space is limited – RSVP to machine@machineproject.com.

Events: Explorations in Teledildonics #1: Ian Ingram’s Robotic Lizards
Saturday, May 9th // 8pm and Sunday, May 10th // 1-4pm
Introducing Machine Project’s latest long-term curatorial endeavor: Explorations in Teledildonics. The series kicks off next Saturday, May 9th at Machine Project with a lecture by artist Ian Ingram on his series of robots designed to engage with the mating rituals of Western Fence Lizards. Then on Sunday, May 10th meet us out on Mt. Washington at a fallen tree in Elyria Canyon Park – a known site for Western Fence Lizard mating – where Ian will demonstrate the territory-marking prowess of his robot Lizardless Legs. Knowledge for the modern world.

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!