MACHINE PROJECT’S 2012 TO DO LIST
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et a poetry audience handcuffed and blindfolded
nvite babies to make experimental music
enture down a transdimensional hallway
dit together our favorite videos for a DVD
se the Getty Center as an instrument
lingshot the front widow back 30 ft into gallery
anifest 200 projects with artists
ffer the butter aerobics classes
egotiate first successful Kickstarter campaign for ham
nthuse on dark matter
odel in Bulgarian
egotiate performances in 30 San Francisco homes
rganize a clothing optional movie screening
alk around outdoors reading poetry
Please note Machine Project will be closed from December 20th through the holidays and reopen on January 13th for our annual rummage sale!
Holiday Workshop Gift Certificates
Looking for the perfect gift for someone in your life who wants to learn how to read minds OR solder a synthesizer OR make bitters OR build a primitive lie detector? Are you uncertain which of the four topics best suit their personal idiosyncrasies? As part of our year end membership drive we are offering a special Choose Your Own Workshop Gift Certificate, or CYOWGC for short.
You can purchase a CYOWGC and the recipient will be free to choose ONE of the following workshops taking place in February:
- Mind Reading Workshop: artist intuitive duo Krystal Krunch will lead participants in developing their psychic abilities.
- Musical Soldering Workshop: participants will learn to solder by building a primitive, but totally rad hand-held synthesizer to take home.
- Lie Detector Workshop: a hands on electronics workshop where participants will build a primitive lie detector in the form of a galvanic skin response meter.
- DIY Tonic & Bitters Class: cocktail enthusiasts will go home with their own batch of aromatic bitters, made in the pre-prohibition style, with their own two hands.
Gift certificates are $40 for members / $50 for non-members and can be purchased at the bottom of our donation page: http://machineproject.com/join
Aerobic Butter and Anaerobic Bread
Aerobic Butter and Anaerobic Bread from machine project on Vimeo.
On October 28th 2012, artist Michael O’Malley taught amateur breadmakers the art of baking on the grill outside the Machine Project gallery. Inside, Pop Soda’s Jimmy Fusil conducted an aerobics class/buttermaking workshop, shaking jars of fresh cream until it magically transformed into butter! Pop Soda’s Mike Wait churned fitness tunes and jock jams, including the single “Eat Your Fat,” recorded expressly for the event.
Camera: Emily Lacy, Patrick Rees
Editor: Patrick Rees
Machine This Week: November 9th – 11th
Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker and Museum Exhibit Developer Maria Mortati will be in residence all weekend to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances and workshops oriented around vintage calculating machines.
EVENT : The Lost Calculator
Friday, November 9th at 8pm
In 1840 Thomas Fowler, an inventor and a self-taught engineer, built a calculating machine made entirely out of wood. Neither the machine nor drawings survived. Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker, working with a team of historians in England, built a reconstruction to prove that it worked. Fowler was a contemporary of Charles Babbage, one of the pioneers of early computers. While Babbage used a decimal system, Fowler used a base 3 calculation. Mark Glusker will provide a lecture about the machine, base 3 calculation and Thomas Fowler.
EVENT : The Great Calculation
Saturday, November 10th at 8pm
Calculators are silent, ubiquitous, boring, and utterly reliable- to the point where you don’t even question the answers that you get. In the early 1960’s they were big, heavy, noisy, smelly objects. They had unique interfaces and needed constant maintenance for reliability. Calculation was a visceral process that shook the entire table. Mark Glusker will talk about his collection of mechanical calculating machines and what makes them so compelling: from their mechanical complexity to the unique interfaces, and industrial design. After the talk there will be an orchestrated calculation performed simultaneously by 6 mechanical calculators and members of the audience plus a very special secret musical guest!
EVENT : Machine Drawing & Dissection Workshop
Sunday, November 11th from noon to 3pm
This dual-track workshop approaches calculating machines from a technological and experiential point of view. We will disassemble several 1960’s era mechanical calculating machines and explore what makes them work. We will also talk about other forms of calculation without transistors. While continuing to look under the hood of the machines, we will have a simultaneous workshop where participants can make miniature gesture drawings of the motors in action, and create large-scale compositions of their tiny gears, cams, and springs. Machine dissection will be led by Mark Glusker and machine drawing by Maria Mortati.
Register for this class at the following link: