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.
Enough about us, what do YOU think about us?
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!
Machine this Week: April 29th – May 4th
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.