Tuesday, March 12th at 8pm
Expressive Machines is a band of sonic thrill seekers, composers who have turned to the creation of novel robotic musical instruments to achieve their musical vision. Founded in Charlottesville, Virginia by Troy Rogers, Steven Kemper, and Scott Barton in 2007, the multifaceted organization operates as a composers’ collective, performance troupe, instrument design/development shop, and research group. Members of EMMI will discuss their work and present musical performances by a small ensemble of their robotic string, wind, and percussion instruments.
Thursday, March 14th at 8pm
To celebrate National Pi Day (March 14th), Machine Project is hosting American Pi-dol: Pie of the Month Club. The American Idol-style event will feature a talent show where participants will show off a Pi or Pie-related talent or trick, judged by Machine Project Director Mark Allen, Top Chef Masters Judge and LAist Food Editor Krista Simmons and a to-be-announced mathematician. A $10 ticket ($3.14 for member ticket) gets you access to the contest as well as a slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and glass of wine. The evening will end with a pie eating contest!
Friday, March 15th at 8pm
Artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman presents a screening of recent text/image projects. Making use of the subtitle, these poems, in the form of slideshows/moving pictures, translate the varieties of the absurd into poetry. Huffman will present several long form slide works and will read fragments of a novel in progress in the otherwise uncomfortable moments in between pieces when someone is changing the carousels and re-focusing the projector.
Saturday, March 16th at 6:30pm Note: Event takes place at the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society.
Emily Mast and Hana van der Kolk present Six Twelve One By One, a performance of six soon-to-be-first-time moms that examines the pregnant body through a series of task-like actions, movements, and dances. The performance is staged in the round at The Onion, a womb-like wooden dome that has been the home of the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society since 1961.
This is the first of 30 projects in our summer-long series The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, which will include a tract home light show, the spirit of Whitney Houston, helicopters, a telephoto poetry doppleganger stakeout, collaborative walking tours, and much more.