A MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO LACMA
LOCATION: Los Angeles Times Central Court and beyond
Jessica Z. Hutchins and Dawn Kaspar
le Hunt: Murder in the Museum
Director Roundtable Sculpture Garden and throughout the campus
le Hunt opens with the “discovery” of a female corpse under Alexander Calder’s Hello, Girls. Museum-goers may take part in solving the mystery by following a series of strategically-placed clues that lie throughout the museum.
In the bamboo grove below the Los Angeles Times Central Court
Astrum lunare Microcosmicum.
As is before shewed, take Urine well putrefied in a Tub, exposed to the Air for seven Weeks, all one as you do when you’re to make a Spirit of it; in which lies the Fosperus; but the Art is somewhat difficult to get it from thence.
from here to here
Between Machine Project and the Los Angeles Times Central Court
Starting at dawn on November 15th, Casey will walk 6.4 miles to link Machine Project and LACMA with a very long piece string.
The Dorothy Collins Brown Fountain
In an effort to reclaim every bit of kinetic energy the LACMA expends, this miraculous device transforms the force of the entry fountain’s waterfall into a stunning, flickery animation, all but guaranteed to change one’s life.
LOCATION: Pavillion for Japanese Art
Potter Wasp and Mason Bee Consider Structural Integrity
East Wing (Level 3)
Small robots listen for lit squares, cautiously tapping insect habit inspired ceramic resonators. Patterns shape themselves with audience intervention.
The Raymond and Frances Bushell Netsuke Gallery Balcony (Level 2)
Part of a larger program to automate and mechanize hauntings, this device reveals a colossal netsuke looming in the window, glowering at anyone unfortunate enough to meet his luminescent gaze.
LOCATION: Armand Hammer Building
Untitled (Wiener Werkstatte, textile length)
Gift Store (Level 2)
Fol Chen make the connection between pattern and song explicit in this aural interpretation of a Wiener WerkstÃ¤tte textile.
The Cheer Committee: Stephanie Hutin and Florencio Zavala
Cheer Up the Loneliest Gallery
Photography Foyer (Level 3)
Cheer up the loneliest gallery. It needs you. It needs all of us. Nobody wants to be lonely.
Ambient Audio Tour CD
Gift Store (Level 2)
A sonic tour of the unseen hum, buzzes, and rumbles that inhabit LACMA’s hallowed halls.
LOCATION: Leo S. Bing Center
The Faraway Places Modal Energy Music Configuration
The Birds Have Their Own Museum, Vol. II
Plaza Cafe, noon – 1pm
A nomadic circle of musicians gradually surround audiences with a ring of cascading acoustic guitars, woodwinds, and bells. An omniphonic listening experience.
LOCATION: Ahmanson Building
Center for Tactical Magic
Ahmanson Building (Level 3)
A collection of contemporary wands calls attention to the manner in which archaic or irrational magical themes are re-articulated through consumer products, gizmos, and technologies.
Kinetic Companion: El Lissitzky responds to Proun 3A, 1920
Ahmanson Building Lobby (Level 2)
Kinetic Companion: Mondrian responds to Composition in White, Red, and Yellow, 1936
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gallery (Level 2)
Kinetic Companions are small, discreet kinetic sculptures that respond directly to specific paintings in the permanent collection. Each sculpture acts like an interpretive machine, playfully foregrounding the relationship between two and three dimensional systems of representation.
The Institute for Figuring
HYPERBOLIC CROCHET PLASTIC-BAG WORKSHOP
The Charles E. and Palmer G. Ducommun Gallery (Level 2), 12 – 3pm / 3:30 – 6:30pm
Margaret and Christine Wertheim will lead a workshop on how to crochet trash bags into hyperbolic corals. All works created on the day will be incorporated into the Institute’s ever-expanding Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef installation. Come and weave your own plastic garbage into this monster.
Thornton Room Rumble Modification
The Charles B. and Flora L. Thornton Gallery (Level 3)
A live remix of the ambient drone of the air conditioning system.
Kinetic Sun Painting
The Virginia Kingston Gallery (Level 4)
A hand-cranked mechanical jellyfish reflects and channels the gallery’s highlights and shadows into new shapes.
Please Don’t Touch Anything! / A Sacred Oratorio for the Precious
Ahmanson Building Lobby (Level 1), 1 – 2pm / 7 – 8pm
A multi-vocalized anthem exploring the sanctity of Art.
Folk Songs of the Modernist Period
The Taper Family Gallery (Level 2), 5 – 6pm
Emily Lacy will sing mid-century folk songs corresponding to the dates of abstract paintings between 1955-1970.
The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Chandler Gallery (Level 3), 2 – 3pm
Glass Harmonica virtuoso Douglas Lee will play a selection of audience favorites using pitch perfect water glasses.
Time after time after … (for Chet Baker)
Ahmanson Building Lobby, surrounding Tony Smith’s Smoke (Level 2), noon – 1pm-ish
Sixty performers surround Tony Smith’s Smoke. Each attempts to clap once per minute for sixty minutes without use of a time keeping device.
Proliferation of Concept / Accident Tolerant. A Series of Feedback Loops
The David Murdock Family Gallery (Level 2)
Kamau Patton performs Herbert Brunâ€™s â€œHit or Missâ€, a sound work based on the computer graphic Mutatis Mutandis 33, using video feedback and percussive time-keeping devices.
Performance to be viewed via Telescope
Pauley Gallery of Ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture (Level 3), Hourly.
In a remotely located replica of the Doorway with Arms of the Counts of Chazay, a guitarist will perform 1 minute of speed metal, every hour on the hour.
Melancholy Contrabass Improvisations
Camilla Chandler Frost Gallery (Level 3)
Laura will play amongst the Dutch paintings for really kind of a lot of hours.
The Virginia Kingston Gallery, Steele Gallery, and the Yvonne and Harry Lenart Gallery (Level 4), 1 – 1:30pm / 2 – 2:30pm / 4 – 4:30pm / 5 – 5:30pm
A musical tour of north Indian classical ragas, folk bhajans, and jazz. Musicians throughout the gallery will improvise freely around structures of time and melody, with fixed classical elements.
Mathew Timmons and Dan Richert
The Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Pauley Gallery (Level 2)
Using Kurt Schwitter’s score Ursonate as a guide, pre-recorded performances are mixed with user-generated audio and played back according to the poem’s phonetic structure.
Machine Musical Elevator
Ahmanson Building Elevators, 2 – 7pm
A string quartet, a fife and drum core, a gamelan orchestra, and Bulgarian choral singers perform in a trio of elevators. Passengers welcome.
The Taper Family Gallery (Level 2)
Holly will recreate Sam Francis’ abstract painting Toward Disappearance with the lush, ephemeral decadence of live flowers.
LOCATION: Art of the Americas
Kinetic Companion: Pousette-Dart responds to The Edge, 1943-1945
The Richard and Dorothy Sherwood Gallery (Level 2)
(see other description – Kimberly, we don’t want to list this twice).
Adam Overton and friends
experimental music and massage
The Eva and George Kanheim Gallery (Level 2), 3 – 6pm
In this sunlit gallery of decorative art, Adam and friends will offer free chair massages with therapeutic experimental music by local composers and performers.
Phylogeography And The Multiplex; Building a Nesting Box Community Demo
Balcony (Level 3), 1 – 6pm
Hands-on demonstration of avian nesting box building techniques using materials recovered from the LACMA grounds and your favorite materials from home, culminating in the construction of a sculptural nesting box community space. For birds.
Jacinto AstiazarÃ¡n, Fritz Haeg, and Flora Wiegmann
Alpha Lacma Majoris
Flora Wiegmann, Fritz Haeg and Jacinto AstiazarÃ¡n will move through the campus charting constellations and star maps. When viewed as a whole, a collective motivation may become clear.
noon – 2pm
A quartet of overtone singers harmonize wordlessly with the flickering lights, hidden fans, and LACMA’s electrical current.
A dance and noise improvisation for performer and three hundred aluminum black pepper shakers. A kinetic Corey sculpture with recursive narrative – vertical, and without beginning or end.
slow walking color takers
Two travelers from another dimension are transported to LACMA in search of vibrant color combinations. Upon discovery, specific colors elicit mysterious sounds from the alien tourists.
The Phenomenon of Intersection: Three Tours
Departing from Mission Control at 2pm (Pleistocene) / 4pm (Spheres) / 6pm (Sewing)
Join Annie K. O’Malley for one of three tours exploring the nexus of art and science. Tours include LACMA during the Pleistocene Epoch, the Music of the Spheres in paint, and the Industrial Sewing Revolution.
Walter Kitundu & Robin Sukadia
inside Richard Serra’s Sequence, 3 – 3:30pm / 6 – 6:30pm
Walter Kitundu and Robin Sukhadia will perform with invented instruments and tabla (the classical North Indian drums) in Richard Serra’s epic sculpture.
The Public School
Richard Serra Reading Room [with residual thought bubbles]
inside Richard Serra’s Sequence and Band, Sundays prior to the event October 19 – November 9th
In the weeks leading up to November 15th, the Public School hosted a series of seminars inside Richard Serra sculptures. Classes included One Place After Another Is Never the Same Place, Blubber Bowlines and Boat Hulls, The Economy of Giant-Ass Sculpture, the Democratic Museum, and Ekphrasis: Writers as Artists Reacting to Art.
LOCATION: MISSION CONTROL (outdoors)
Ambient Force 3000 and “Expert Hairstylists”
Hairstylists collaborate with a team of live ambient musicians to work on your head, inside and out.
The ultimate cultural dollhouse. A 16 foot scale model of the entire LACMA campus with every building and gallery. Electroluminescence indicates sites of activity.
A handout for visitors to the museum on the benefits of clapping for art. The Wiener Krier Project is an International Arts research organization.
Joshua Beckman & Anthony McCann
Poets Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann will conduct FREE EXIT INTERVIEWS of museum visitors.
Chris Burden Birds
noon – 3pm, 3:30 – 6:30pm
A crochet workshop to craft fuzzy companions for Chris Burden’s Urban Lights.
noon – 6pm
Learn to solder in this hands-on electronics workshop. All participants build (and keep) a primitive synthesizer.
LACMA Fruit Map
A live broadcast combines past, present and future footage of all the day’s events.
Replica Replica, after W.R.H.
noon – 6pm
LACMA’s throwaways are transformed into precious objects for the future. Join Liz Glynn to create replicas of works from the Classical sculpture collection out of the museum’s trash. Blender optional.
Kinetic Sun Painting
Fight museum fatigue! With musical accompaniment.
invisible performances pamphlet
pamphlet available at Mission Control
An invitation to join us in some invisible performances, quite possibly of profound proportions (though no promises), while browsing the collection, and perhaps even for the rest of your life.
Mission Control Bunker
A temporarily centralized resource for divergent cultural needs. Abundant nesting materials and well-appointed comfort zones. Mausoleum inspired forms surrounding the red pillars. Office carpet is essential.
Douglas Irving Repetto
foal army (budget cuts)
America’s premier foal army gallops triumphantly* across the BP Grand Plaza, celebrating 101 years as “America’s Favorite Fighting Foals”.
* Due to recent budget cuts, miniature, underpowered foals may teeter, limp, and/or straggle. Triumph optional.