Machine This Week: May 5th to May 15th
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.
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!
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.