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.

Enough about us, what do YOU think about us?

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Dearest audience member,

As we approach our eleventh anniversary, we thought it was about time that we find out from you what it is about Machine Project that makes you laugh, cry, and/or squirm with anxious excitement. Won’t you please consider taking our audience survey? We’d be most appreciative!

love,

Machine

Machine this Week : May 6th – 8th

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MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK : Grand Rounds with Elana Mann
Tuesdays in May at 12noon, starting May 6th
As part of the Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park, artist Elana Mann and facilitator Camilo Cruz will hold informal discussions with Los Angeles County and City employees every Tuesday in May in Grand Park, starting May 6th. These conversations will center on the different voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens use to invigorate communities.

MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK : Justin Streichman and Milka Djordjevich in Machine Project’s Roaming Theater
Tuesday May 6th at 1pm
Our roaming theater in Grand Park hosts Entrances/and Exits, a performance in which Milka and Justin use the threshold of the theater as the place between what was and what is.
MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : Girl to Girl
Wednesday, May 7th at 8pm
Devin Sinski and Jesse Hoffman provide a look into a public bedroom performance between two “best friends,” visible through our front windows. Part of a series of events curated in the MPPSfP by Reid Ulrich.
EVENT : That’s just, like, your color experience, man – The History of Questioning Color Perception
Thursday, May 8th at 8pm
Have you ever wondered whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? Have you ever wondered why you wondered about this: that is, why you wondered about whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? In this talk, Professor Zed Adams details the history of how philosophical questions about the subjectivity of color experience came to be questions in the first place.

Machine this Week: April 29th – May 4th

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EVENT: Hold Your Applause : Four Takes on Clapping
Friday, May 2nd at 8pm

An event about clapping, organized on the occasion of Cabinet magazine’s new issue on Celebration. Writer Kate Wolf will speak about clapping history, etiquette, and semiotics; musicians Nick Tamburro and John Atkinson will perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972); ethnomusicologist Carol Merrill-Mirsky will teach a clapping game, c. 1980 Los Angeles playgrounds; and artist Casey Anderson will lead an interactive artwork, QUARTERS (CLAPPING).

MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : A Selection of Events Curated by Reid Ulrich
Tuesday, April 29th – Wednesday, May 7th
Friend of Machine Reid Ulrich has curated a variety of installations, performances and workshops in our little room, visible from our front windows. Keep an eye out for a human directional (#HD02) trapped in the MPPSfP and an ephemeral millinery sculpture.
MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK : Grand Rounds with Elana Mann
Tuesdays in May
As part of the Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park, artist Elana Mann and facilitator Camilo Cruz will hold informal discussions with Los Angeles County and City employees every Tuesday in May in Grand Park, starting May 6th. These conversations will center on the different voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens use to invigorate communities.

MACHINE PROJECT FIELD GUIDE TO GRAND PARK : Machine Project’s Roaming Theater
Thursday May 1st and Sunday May 4th
Our roaming theater in Grand Park is hosting performances this Thursday and Sunday as part of our Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park. This week, keep an eye out for performances of a re-imagined Rip Van Winkle story, tiny toy pianos, and mini poems. For a full schedule, click here.

Machine this Week: April 24th – 27th

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MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : A Selection of Events Curated by Reid Ulrich
Thursday, April 24th – Sunday, April 27th
Friend of Machine Reid Ulrich has curated a variety of installations, performances and workshops in our little room, visible from our front windows. Keep an eye out for a human directional (#HD02) trapped in the MPPSfP, a unique musical sculpture, and autobiographical scenes rehearsed and revised by real live actors.

EVENT : Arts Leadership for a New Era
Friday, April 25th from 1:30-3pm
Mark Allen will be speaking at the Rosen Family Screening Theater at USC this week as part of a day-long symposium on arts leadership and entrepreneurship. Along with Chris Rountree of WildUp, Mark will discuss strategies for starting an arts organization, the challenges in and strategies for sustaining a collaborative arts practice.

Machine this Week: April 15th – 20th

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GRAND PARK : Sandy Simona
Tuesday, April 15th 2014 at 1pm
Storyteller Sandy Simona performs original Russian-Jewish biographical short stories inspired by her first generation immigration experience: love, loss, liberation and curiosity.

MACHINE PROJECT PROJECT SPACE FOR PROJECTS : A Selection of Events Curated by Reid Ulrich
Wednesday, April 16th – Saturday, April 27th
Friend of Machine Reid Ulrich has curated a variety of installations, performances and workshops in our little room, visible from our front windows. Keep an eye out for a workshop exploring induced emotional states through laughter yoga and assorted eye irritants, a human directional (#HD02) trapped in the MPPSfP, a teach-in by Zahastra Morningstar, and autobiographical scenes rehearsed and revised by real live actors.

EVENT IN HOUSTON : Machine Project Presents! Greatest Hits on Video, 2010–2013
Thursday, April 17th from 7-9pm
A screening of experimental videos from Machine Project at the Glassell School of Art, located at 5101 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX.

EVENT IN HOUSTON : Other Ways of Looking At It: The Graphic Design and Films of Machine Project
Friday, April 18th from 6-9pm
A retrospective of the screen prints and performance documentation we’ve been doing at Machine Project for the last 10 years. This event is held at The Brandon, 1709 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX.

EVENT IN HOUSTON : Mark Allen, Drawings and Notes, 2013-2014 Opening
Saturday, April 19th from 5-7pm
Show opening for a collection of over 50 ink and color pencil drawings created by Mark Allen in the last year and a half. Event located at Front Gallery, 1412 Bonnie Brae St., Houston, TX.

Machine this Week: April 10th

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EVENT : Flip of the Wrist
Thursday, April 10th at 8pm
Through illustration, live action and stop motion, Flip of the Wrist reconsiders animation as a form of performance document, a recording between a body and its movement of objects.Through this repetitive movement, these artworks take on issues of desire, intimacy, loneliness, and memory.

EVENT IN NYC : Workshop on Workshops NYC
Thursday, April 10th at 8pm
A two hour session on the creation, planning and production of educational programs as a form of experimental curation. This event is held at the CUNY Center for the Humanities, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, Room C198, New York, NY.

UPCOMING EVENT : Circuit Drawing 101
Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th // 1pm – 6pm
Spend a weekend learning the basics of circuitry and electronics, then hand-drawing artworks that double as devices that make sound, light up or compute!

Machine this Week : April 2nd – April 3rd

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EVENT : Intro to Textile Design & Sewing
Wednesday, April 2nd from 7-10pm
In part I, learn the basics of designing print patterns for textiles with graphic designer Gail Swanlund. She will help you process any pattern inspiration into a design that you’ll send to be printed onto Kona cotton by Spoonflower.

EVENT : Exploding Plants: Nature’s Weapons of Mass Reproduction
Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm
In this presentation, Professor Dwight Whitaker will show how his research group uses high-speed video photography to capture the ultra-fast dispersal mechanisms devised by plants. These videos reveal that plants have evolved to be remarkable mechanical engineers with a diverse set of techniques to launch objects of varying size. This talk will describe several of these mechanisms, and discuss how these behaviors have helped to increase the fitness of each organism.

NEW PROJECT : The Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park
April – June 2014
This spring and summer, Machine Project will animate and celebrate Grand Park in downtown LA through a series of creative endeavors including an interactive weather station, a disembodied Raymond Chandler describing Los Angeles at dusk, mutant park furniture (with embedded tracking device), and a wandering miniature theatre. Through participatory performance work, artists will transform the landscape and soundscape of the park into lively art, free and open to the public with projects proposing new ways for the public to interact with art and ideas in public spaces.

Machine Project Book Sale Fundraiser Sunday!

Sunday, March 23rd
Member preview from 10-11am, open to the public 11-4pm
at Machine Project

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It’s finally here! Machine Project will be hosting our first ever Book Sale Fundraiser this Sunday. We have an amazing selection of books donated by Machine enthusiasts, ranging from coffee table art books to old comics to Nabakov to a book called “The Specialist Investigates Your Glands”. The Secret Restaurant will be making corned beef breakfast burritos! Irish coffee will be served!

All money raised will go directly towards supporting Machine Project’s programming. Members-only advance sale from 10-11am, open to the general public from 11am-4pm. See you there!

Machine this Week : March 21st – 23rd

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EVENT : The Entrancingly Entropic World of Terry Fuckwit – Jason Torchinsky
Friday, March 21st at 8pm
This event will analyze, frame-by-frame, one particular Terry Fuckwitt comic strip from an over 15-year-old copy of Viz, in an attempt to understand the deep and confounding mysteries within.

EVENT : Tom Leeser: Machine Project Artist in Residence for a Day
Saturday, March 22nd from 12-5pm
Tom Leeser will be the Machine Project Artist in Residence for a Day on Saturday, March 22. As part of the residency, Tom will be inhabiting the Machine Project Project Space for Projects to work, read, listen and conduct conversation. Visitors who wish to interact with Tom through the act of sharing, exchanging or conversing can visit him during the hours of 12noon and 5pm.

MYSTERY THEATER : Video, Solo Trombone and Electronics – A Collaboration by Tom Leeser and Matt Barbier
Saturday, March 22nd at 8pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members
Tom Leeser and composer and trombonist Matt Barbier present a performance of video, spoken word and solo trombone, featuring new work by both artists.

EVENT : Machine Project Book Sale Fundraiser
Sunday, March 23rd, member preview from 10-11am, open to the public 11-4pm
This year we are trying some different ways to extract money from you through our book sale fundraiser. Come by to shop for some books. One of these books may be entitled “The Specialist Investigates Your Glands”.

EVENT : Out of Sight, Out of Mind Closing Reception
Sunday, March 23rd, 6-9pm
Join us for the closing of Out of Sight, Out of Mind, our first group exhibition. Set in the Machine Project Project Space for Projects, the show features artists who use geometry and abstraction to create optical investigations, instigate perceptual play, and generate sensorial complexities while nodding to the art historical precedent of the Op Art movement.