The Eyes Are Always There
with Joe Merrell
Date & Time
Thursdays – Saturdays, 7-10pm, opening Friday, February 5 and running through March 13
Machine Project
FREE for members
FREE for non-members

Machine Project presents… our latest storefront transformation, The Eyes Are Always There by artists Joe Merrell.

Starting with archival recordings of hypnosis sessions from the 1961 abduction case of Barney and Betty Hill, this transformation examines the mysteries behind Unidentified Flying Objects, alien abductions and encounters, and the phenomena existing just beyond our reach. Through phantograms, 3D video, animations, hypnotic regressions, sonic summonings, dramatic reenactments and more, we’re going to get to the bottom of this. Join us!

The Eyes Are Always There is free and open to the public Thursdays – Saturdays, 7-10pm, opening this Friday, February 5th and running through March 13th.

To learn more about the materials and research that inform the work in this show, please visit theeyesarealwaysthere.tumblr.com

Environmental scents designed in collaboration with with The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

Sound for this production sponsored by Sonos.

See below for more information and associated programming.

February 13, 2016
Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland at Cinefamily
@ Cinefamily
Head on over to Cinefamily for a very special, very rare screening of Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland, part of our current storefront transformation The Eyes are Always There. Introduced by researcher and Sonoma Film Festival...
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February 14, 2016
Hollywood and UFOs
with UFOJim
@ Machine Project
More money has been made on the UFO genre than any other in Hollywood. Are the films based on reality or are they simple fantasy? Something very real is going on – just ask Steven Spielberg....
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February 17, 2016
hollow moon rings like bell, bell summons gods
with Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain
@ Machine Project
a satellite, an outpost, an instrument in synchronous rotation with the earth. a watcher, a traveler, an extraterrestrial deity employed by hidden forces. mother culture brought from the skies. messages sent and received by way of...
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February 20, 2016
Planet 9 From Outer Space
with J-Walt
@ Machine Project Mystery Theater
In conjunction with The Eyes are Always There, Machine Project presents a special Mystery Theater showing of Planet 9 From Outer Space. This solo virtual reality play, presented in stereoscopic 3D, examines alien encounters through the...
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February 25, 2016
What Does a UFO Smell Like?
Saskia Wilson-Brown
@ Machine Project
Join us in the Machine storefront Thursday, February 25th from 7:30 – 9:00pm for a walkthrough of our current project The Eyes are Always There, with show creator Joe Merrell and alien scent-designer Saskia Wilson-Brown. Saskia...
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February 28th, 11pm – 12am
Joe Merrell on KCHUNG
with Winona Bechtle
@ 1630 AM and kchungradio.org

Joe Merrell will be a guest on a special edition of Winona Bechtle’s “Healthy Habits” show on KCHUNG radio, Los Angeles. Listen in while Joe plays excerpts from some of his favorite ufo-related archival recordings!

March 6, 2016
Double Feature!
with Winona Bechtle
@ Machine Project
Machine Project presents a double feature in the Mystery Theater, with lectures by Winona Bechtle on the Tujunga Contacts, and Joe Merrell on Betty and Barney Hill — plus a screening of the 1975 TV movie...
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March 13, 2016
Sights Unseen
with Phillip Littel
@ Machine Project
A man wakes to the sound of a voice calling his name, a young woman is chased down the street by an unknown entity at twilight, a famous UFO investigator finds inexplicable cuts and puncture marks...
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“Always… the eyes are there!” Barney Hill, 1964 hypnosis session with Dr. Benjamin Simon

About the project:

The Eyes Are Always There is an electronic media installation inspired by UFO and alien abduction research. Led by video artist Joe Merrell, the project features his work in the street level gallery and an audiovisual abduction experience created by animator and artistJohnny Woods in the Mystery Theater.

All audio equipment, related technical advice and installation generously supplied by  Sonos.

The artists would like to thank the following advisors and collaborators:

Mark Allen
Winona Bechtle
Jimmy Fusil
Nic Gaby
Eli Heisler
Eric Kurland
Jim Ledwith
Zut Lorz
Marcos Lutyens
John Merrell
Chris Weisbart
Saskia Wilson-Brown
Lucas Wrench
Meldia Yesayan
Paul Young

Huge thanks to the project’s Indiegogo campaign supporters:

J-Walt Adamczyk
Stacey Atchley-Metzer
Mr. Axelrod
Laura Baber and Mark Denham
Wayne Briscoe
Gus Castro
Jennifer Chapman
Michelle Connor
Carl De Zan
Katie Dunham
Kathleen Dupuis
Kevin Evans
Mark Flores
Sheila Gill and Ed Yuchasz
Christina Anne Gonzalez
Leslie Gordon
Eric Kurland
Ryan Legge
Cyndie Maher
Kelley Max
David and Penelope Merrell
Toni Moran
Jennifer Mrazek
Chuck Nanney
Victor Nava
Liza Palmer
Jeremy Quinn
Christopher Reiner and Andrea Kalas
Margie Schnibbe
Chris Weisbart
Meldia Yesayan