Machine This Week: December 7th – 9th

EVENT : Jen Hofer and Dolores Dorantes
Friday, December 7th at 8pm
Poet Dolores Dorantes will be visiting Machine Project to read from her most recent book Estilo. At her request, all audience members will be blindfolded and gently handcuffed. Each poem will be followed by Jen Hofer’s translations. After this potentially intense experience audience members will be unblindfolded, uncuffed and then served freshly-baked pie. The second half of the event will consist of an informal reading and talk with Jen, who will speak about the intertwinings of translation with the making of her own poems and will read from her work.

WORKSHOP : Lots Of Knots Workshop
Sunday, November 9th from 3 – 5pm
One one side of the gallery, Ben Dean will teach the basics of terminology, types of knots, and how to tie the important ones. He’ll also talk about how to decide which knot is right for which job, and how to combine your knots to create adjustable harnesses or create mechanical advantage. On the other side of the gallery, David Eng will be hosting 10 minute “Lacansultations” in which he will desperately attempt to explain French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s use of knot theory as a topological model illustrating the psychic structure of the subject. There will probably be many repetitions of the phrase “Actually, it’s a lot more complicated than that.” There will probably be many repetitions of the phrase “Actually, it’s a lot more complicated than that.”

Registration info forthcoming.