Paranoid Machines: Los Angeles, 1946 – 1981

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
8pm

Instantiation by Jason Brown
Sonic Phenomena by David Eng

PARANOID MACHINES!

From its desert summoning in 1946 to its meatspace release in 1981, Los Angeles has served as the mythopoetic incubator of a cybernetic ideology which now uses human culture as the substrate of a globe-spanning metaorganism. Jason Brown will explain.


The Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival Episode Of Paranoid Machines (Los Angeles 1946-1981), Broadcasting From Machine Project will be distributed as a micropower FM “broadcast” to the immediate Machine Project vicinity. Technology permitting, it will also be “streamed” over the Internets. The FM micropower broadcast range SHOULD cover the block of Alvarado in front of Machine. It COULD go farther. It PROBABLY won’t! Quarter-wave ground plane FM broadcast antenna design is ANNOYING!

SCHEDULE

  • Signal identification broadcast will start at around 7pm.
  • Official Program starts at 8pm.
  • It could last for around two hours.
  • It could last for maybe, like, 3 hours?!
  • Conditions permitting!!

!!! WARNING !!!

The Storefront Plaza will be left in its PURE, NATURAL STATE. There will be NO effective shelter from the Brutal Elements (forecast: mid 50′s, overcast, rain likely). There will be NO electricity. There will be NO sound system. There will be NO comfortable seating. If you want to use the bathroom, you might want to go to BURGER KING.

Please PLAN AHEAD for your OPTIMAL PACIFIC STANDARD TIME PERFORMANCE AND PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL MACHINE PROJECT MICROPOWER FM BROADCAST EXPERIENCE!

If you find yourself in the Storefront Plaza for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival Episode Of Paranoid Machines (Los Angeles 1946-1981), Broadcasting From Machine Project, PLEASE REMAIN CALM.

Information will be provided to you through the FM micropower broadcast. Please note: It will NOT be practical information! If you do not have an FM radio, you might be able to listen in on an available battery-powered FM radios. BUT YOU MIGHT NOT.

PST PAKS
A limited number of Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival Audience Refugee Survival Care Paks will be available in the Plaza to aid with your survival as an audience member.

There will be an even MORE limited number of Elite Circle Comfortable Survival Paks. The distribution of these Paks will NOT be moderated by officials from the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. Out of respect for your fellow audience-refugees, PLEASE keep extended sessions of loud/violent bartering to a necessary minimum.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

  • FM radio;
  • Dress in layers;
  • Wear a hat;
  • Shoes are a must;
  • Source of warmth;
  • Consider a Performance Buddy;
  • Proof of Pacific Standard Time Elite Circle Refugee Status (forgeries accepted)

GENERAL ADVICE

  • Have a “performance buddy”;
  • Use the bathroom before you go;
  • Do NOT taunt the broadcasters;
  • Don’t use the telephone. Lines are likely to be jammed;
  • If you try to use a Portable Hole or Sack of Holding to stash your gear, you are STILL going to get dinged for AT LEAST half-encumbrance, because that kind of lazy deus ex machina is NOT going to fly at the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival Episode Of Paranoid Machines (Los Angeles 1946-1981), Broadcasting From Machine Project!

IF YOU BECOME DISORIENTED, OR SEPARATED FROM THE AUDIENCE:
REMEMBER that the Los Angeles street grid does NOT run north and south DUE TO THE LAW OF THE INDIES. So when you are planning your meeting point, do not be all like, “let’s meet 500 yards due North of our Present Location.” Because then your performance buddy will be all like, “I climbed into someone’s backyard and hid there for an hour — where were you?” And you’ll be all like, “Ooooh, dude. I just went up Glendale, dude!” It will not end well with you and your Performance Buddy.

SHOULD THE PLAZA BECOME HALF-SUBMERGED, ENTRAPPING YOU WITHIN:
Don’t scramble for an exit, since stairwells may be broken or jammed with people. Never use an elevator. And PLEASE do not use Morse code. After a while, that will just get really annoying for everyone.

HAVE SOME GIANT EAR-MUFF RADIO HEADPHONES FROM THE 80′S?
They won’t just allow you to HEAR the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival episode of Paranoid Machines Broadcasting from Machine Project — They May Save Your Ears!

FIRE!?!?
There MIGHT be candles in the Audience Survival Care Paks. If you find yourself adjacent to fire in the Storefront Plaza, please put out any fires that are NOT a candle. If a fire is significantly larger than a candle, or if it is producing a lot of smoke, leave the Plaze immediately, alerting your fellow audience members on the way out. Notify the fire department.

However if the fire you are adjacent to IS a candle, please do NOT notify the fire department, unless the other necessary hazardous fire conditions are met (large fire, smoke, evacuation, et cetera.)

“CAR CULTURE”
If you are in a moving vehicle and you find yourself listening to the PACIFIC Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival EPISODE OF PARANOID MACHINES, BROADCASTING FROM MACHINE PROJECT you should pull to the side of the road as quickly as safety allows, stop your car, and stay inside. Stay away from overpasses, bridges, tall buildings, and power lines. Set volume at a comfortable level. If you desire a burrito while trapped in your car, please see the BURRITO VENDOR FM MICROPOWER RECEPTION ZONE section.

BURRITO VENDOR FM MICROPOWER RECEPTION ZONE:
Obviously you will want to obtain and consume a burrito while enjoying the micropower FM broadcast of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival episode of Paranoid Machines Broadcasting from Machine Project. Please consult the following advisory range finder:

  • El Flamin Taco: we’re cautiously optimistic
  • Burrito King: depends on liquor store parking lot situation
  • Taco Zone: would require 1337 FM sK1lzz
  • Rodeo: we really don’t think so
  • Tacos Arizas: fuggedaboutit

Presented in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.