Dearest friends and supporters,
I’m delighted to report that with your help our end of fiscal year campaign was a success! This is so great because not only do we have enough money to pay the rent and such, but it also creates a holographic projection of professional responsibility to all those funding/granting institutions scrutinizing our tax returns.
Thanks to all you humans, human westsiders, cats, horses, and other unconfirmed species, we raised 9,823 dollars! To put that into a number that is easier to understand, that’s the equivalent of 3.6 brand new four-person hot tubs.
If you’re reading this and are filled with the feeling that you just missed out on something great, you did. But don’t worry, you can help us get a start on next year by becoming a member now. Beat the rush!
We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.
Behind the Scenes with OK Go
Friday, June 27th at 8-11pm
at Machine Project
Free for members // $999 for non-members
Dear Machine Project members,
Please join us for an informal behind the scenes event with Ok Go on their new music video, The Writing’s on the Wall. This video is filled with mind-blowing optical illusions that will make you throw your babies in the air in excitement, if you have babies and are really excitable. So maybe don’t bring your babies, but do come to this event, which features a screening of the video, some great behind the scenes footage, a discussion unveiling of the secrets behind the various illusions, and all the Q&A you want to stick around
Members: If you didn’t get the email with the access code, email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send it to you.
Machine Project Artist Residency Naming Opportunities
Have you always wanted to have your name permanently embossed on the front of someone else’s door? Or perhaps your dream is to see your name brightly highlighted on the drop down menu of Machine Project’s wifi… Have a special someone in your life that you’d like to honor? Win their love and respect by naming a refrigerator after them!
Presenting: Machine Project Artist Residency Naming Opportunities! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to name objects in our upstairs apartment/artist residency – AFTER YOURSELF! Couches, electrical outlets, deadbolts and doornobs! The possibilities are endless but available for a limited time! Support Machine, act now.
Descriptions of Los Angeles – Raymond Chandler
Wednesday, May 28th // 7:57 pm
at Olive Court @ Grand Park
The great Los Angeles detective novelist Raymond Chandler is justly known for depictions of his city and its environs. As part of our extended program of events in Grand Park, a selection of descriptive excerpts from Chandler’s novels will be heard each evening at dusk in Olive Court (just downhill from the fountain) through mid-June. Chandler selections are curated and read by Machine Poet Laureate Anthony McCann.
We are gathering together at 7:57pm to enjoy sunset and the somewhat menacing sound of Raymond Chandler’s prose infiltrating the soundscape of the park. Upon cessation of the audio at 8:26pm, Anthony will read a poem he wrote in adjacency to the Chandler piece and then Adam Goldman, who recorded and mastered the audio, will perform an acoustic cover of “It’s a shame about Ray(mond Chandler)” by the Lemonheads. Afterwards we might go get a drink or slink away anonymously.
Mark will be wearing a red tie in case you don’t know him and want to say hello.
This event is co-presented with the Music Center.
Two new videos for you
Watch Machine artists confuse the shoppers at Trader Joe’s in a favorite video from one of our weirder commissions. We curated a series of hour-long performances to take place throughout the day at 11750 W. Olympic Blvd, in West Los Angeles. Performances ranged from participatory to interpretive and included synchronized group walking, improvised music, turkey blessings, professional sign twirlers, dance, experimental burden carrying, and non-traditional use of projectors.
Adrienne Adar created Optical Illusion Ping Pong, an amped up version of the beloved rec room game, so we could experience the psychedelic effects of playing ping pong while immersed in a room covered floor to ceiling with a black and white checkerboard pattern. This video documents the room on March 8, 2014, when two tennis table pros (and several amateur enthusiasts) tried to hold a match in the room.
Optical Illusion Ping Pong is part of Machine Project’s Institute of Experimental Table Tennis Research.