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+.

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.

Upcoming at Machine Project

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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.

Machine This Week: January 20th to January 25th

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Workshop: Projection Mapping Workshop
Thursday January 22nd, Monday January 26th, and Thursday January 29th // 7-10pm
We have a flurry of workshops planned for the coming weeks, first up being Projection Mapping, starting this Thursday, hosted by Kate Parsons and Gareth Walsh. This three session workshop will cover all you need to get started with the magical world of 3D projection mapping. We’ll create cheap 3D structures from mostly recycled materials in the Machine storefront, we’ll learn to create our own animations and video works, then we’ll learn to transform our structures through the miracle of light, into dazzling projection-magic. There are only a few spots left so sign-up fast!

Workshop: LitTech: Tools and Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday January 24th // 2-5pm
How do tools affect what we write, even how we think? And how do we find the right tool for the work of the moment? Join us at Machine Project this Saturday for a hands-on exploration of how technology shapes the creative process. Joshua Wolf Shenk, esteemed essayist and author, will guide participants through a series of exercises and free-writes using a variety of mediums: phones, typewriters, laptops, old fashion pen and paper… Reserve a spot today!

Event: Life Judge The Game!
Sunday, January 25th // 8:00pm
Want to play a game? Or don’t know what to do with your life? Wonderful. Join us Sunday evening for a game of Life Judge, a social game by Christopher Cole that uses group-based consensus as its central gameplay tool. Life-Judge allows players to pursue any (seriously, any) path in their lives and gives the group the power to determine the bounds of their universe. Make friends, fall in love, try to do stuff, die, and get judged!!! It’ll be a pleasant (and free) evening.

Upcoming Workshops at Machine Project

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Hi friends, we’re back from vacation and have some enticing new workshops lined up for the coming weeks.

Workshops: Projection Mapping Workshop
Thursday January 22nd, Monday January 26th, and Thursday January 29th // 7-10pm
Join artists Kate Parsons and Gareth Walsh for three evenings exploring the magic of projection mapping. Using found and constructed materials, participants will learn how to create an elaborate stage for projected content. We will create moving animation and video works that will be used to transform and augment the stage. Finally we will learn how to projection map motion works onto the stage and transform it into a magical display of moving light and sounds.

Workshops: LitTech: Tools and Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday, January 24th from 2-5pm
How do tools affect what we write, even how we think? And how do we find the right tool for the work of the moment? Come to Machine Project Saturday, January 24th for a hands-on exploration of how technology shapes the creative process. Esteemed author and essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk will guide participants through a series of exercises and free-writes using a variety of mediums: phones, typewriters, computers, old fashion pen and paper… Please bring a laptop and smart phone.

Workshops: Urban Cat Architecture
Caturday February 7th, Caturday February 14th, and Caturday February 28th // 1-4pm
Are you tired of smelly kitty litter stinking up your living room? Wish your cat would stop scratching up your faux leather couch? Do you desire safe housing for those alley cats? Do we have news for you! Introducing… Urban Cat Architecture, coming to Caturdays in February! Artist Keith Rocka Knittel will host a series of workshops exploring the nuances of feline themed construction. Learn to build a window mounted litter box, elaborate scratching posts, and outdoor cat homes. SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL Adopt a cat from 356 Mission’s Cat In Residence program and receive a discount on the workshops!

Holiday Re-Gifting with DIY Vacuum Forming

Sunday, December 14th // 2-5pm
$5 per gift
Email machine@machineproject.com to RSVP
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Go through your closet and find those hidden treasures you’re ready to part with this holiday season. Bring them down to Machine this Sunday at 2pm and using our newly acquired electric oven, we will make our own custom DIY vacuum formed plastic packaging. Anything can be packaged for re-gifting! The old tomatoes in the back of your fridge, the coffee mug emblazoned with your alma-matter’s logo, the gorgeous hand-knit shawl your grandmother gave you last Christmas… The possibilities are limitless, but confined to 12″ L X 14″ W X 4″ H. The cost is $5 per package.

Machine This Week: Thanksgiving Weekend and Beyond

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Workshops: Felting and Natural Dyeing with Cochineal and Indigo
Monday December 1st, from 7-10pm
Wednesday December 3rd, from 7-10pm

Did you know the British’ Red Coats were dyed with Cochineal, an insect possibly living on the cactus in your backyard? Or that cave paintings from 6500 BC incorporate felt appliquè? Come join artist Carolyn Mason as we explore the ancient techniques of felting and natural dyeing. Participants will learn to work with the raw materials that have defined the colors blue and red in our cultural consciousness for centuries, and we’ll get a glimpse into the surprisingly violent history of this soothing art form. You’ll go home with your very own indigo and cochineal, as well as felted forms of your own, created with a little modern assistance from our local Lucy’s laundromat. Please wear clothes you don’t mind staining.

Events: Amateur Hour with the Best Friends Learning Gang
Wednesday December 17th, from 7-10pm
Our friends Danielle and Joey of the Best Friends Learning Gang (BFLG), are hosting an Amateur Hour at Machine Project Wednesday, December 17th from 7-10pm. What is an Amateur Hour you ask? Imagine our normal Machine Project workshops but the instructor never shows up. Instead participants are left to figure it out on their own, pooling knowledge and skill sets to accomplish whatever it is they’ve decided to accomplish. So here’s what we’re asking: email machine@machineproject.com by December 4th, with a brief proposal of what you’d like the BFLG do on the 17th. No project is too ambitious! Past Amateur Hours have included taxidermy, tattoos, and collective levitation. We at Machine Project will pick a proposal and acquire supplies, all you have to do is show up on the 17th ready and willing. Hope to see you there!

Machine This Week: November 3rd to November 9th

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Events: Know Thy Enemy!
Sunday, November 9th, at 8pm
Know Thy Enemy! is a workshop devoted to finding out what’s in our FBI files and a performance that makes that information public. Curious what the FBI has on file about you? Maybe there’s nothing. Maybe there’s a whole lot. Sunday night let’s find out, and explore the psychic dimensions of the surveillance state together. On 11/9, participants will gather at Machine Project for champagne and caviar. Janet and Ken will give a brief presentation on the Freedom Information of Act and the history of FBI profiling. Workshop participants will then complete the required FOIA steps to request our FBI files. Workshop participants should bring two forms of ID so that the request may be certified by a Notary Public.

Events: Machine Project Pizza at Mohawk Bend
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The good citizens at the Mohawk Bend have very kindly decided to honor Machine Project this month with a special pizza in our name. Defined primarily by our Executive Director’s allergens, The Machine Project Presents: Pizza comes with fried chicken, parmesan, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil. $4 of every Machine Project pizza you buy goes directly to support our programming, so go out there and binge!