Two New Videos

ARCHIVE : The Dawning of the Age of Aquariums, by David Eng
David Eng leads us on a tide pool visit accompanied by a live string ensemble featuring Melinda Rice, Mona Tian, Andrew McIntosh and Chris Votek. The event concludes in the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s auditorium with a brief lecture on the origin story of 19th-century aquaria.

ARCHIVE : Furniture Music: A Concert for Household Objects
An evening of noisy new music exploring the sonic potential of household objects. The event takes place in a 1914 Venice Craftsman redesigned and remodeled in 1998 by architect Roger F. White to emphasize the historical conditions including site, culture, environment and economics in relationship to the context of the time. Alterations to the house are always in progress as part of the evolution of a Contemporary Bungalow for the 21st Century.

Both events are part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine this Week : November 12th – 17th

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OPEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8-10pm

Our cavern open hours continue with two performances this week, including flagellated field recordings in the theater and dry ice chimes in the cavern.

*Thursday, November 14th from 8-10pm: Colin Wambsgans will play a mix of occasionally filtered field recordings including but not limited to bird sounds, engine noises, and ventilation.

*Friday, November 15th from 8-10pm: Liam Mooney will play music by misusing dry ice, vacuum cleaners, rubber bands, and other familiar materials.

THEATER PERFORMANCES : Machine Project’s Mystery Theater

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th at 2:00pm: Inside Me – Jmy James Kidd and The Sunland Dancers
A 30-minute dance piece exploring the photosynthesis process, featuring singing by Karen Adelman.

*Saturday, November 16th at 5:00pm: 16 Yokai: a Supernatural Sampler of Demonic Possession! – Jasmine Orpilla & Chris Candelaria
A minimalist ceremony of unique compositions and fearsome communication by vocal medium Jasmine Orpilla, with complex electronic soundscapes woven live by bassist Chris Candelaria! Witness the wonders of modern technology at the service of the supernatural! Experience channeled beings in eerie haiku!

*Saturday, November 16th at 11:59pm: Double bill: Johanna Kozma & Claire Kohne, Jessica Hutchins
Johanna Kozma & Claire Kohne will present Death and The Engines, a sound-based performance involving a tableaux vivant of an uncanny choir comprised of adults dressed like children. Jessica Hutchins will read a story involving a labyrinthian consumer warehouse bargain store, strip mall parkour, highway overpasses, purported magicians, optical illusions, undocumented workers, negligible special effects, mistaken identity, unfunny stand up comedy, internet dating, and Bite Club.

*Sunday, November 17th at 5:00pm: Gawdafful Psychonautic Theater: Exercises in Spirit
Gawdafful Theater’s Psychonautic Division will be conducting a series of exercises Please bring an offering and focused intentions towards someone you know who has passed, and receptivity and openness towards the exchange of energy with spirits or spiritual forces.

WORKSHOPS :

*Tuesday, November 12th from 7-9pm: Automatic Embroidery and Ghostly Encounters
Join Jenny Hart in Alvarado Caverns for a session of automatic embroidering (in the Victorian tradition of spirit writing) while discussing your personal encounters with ghosts. Participants will embroider under black lights with glow-in-the-dark and reflective threads without any pattern and minimal guidance. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is $45 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/11/12/automatic-embroidery-and-ghostly-encounters/

*Sunday, November 17th, Part 1 from 2-4, Part 2 from 4:15-5:30 at a lovely Silver Lake home: Bulgarian Singing Workshop
Learn tone production, odd meters, ornamentation and songs from the stunning Bulgarian polyphonic tradition with Kate Conklin, Bulgarian singing scholar and former Cirque de Soleil performer. No previous experience necessary!

Registration for Part 1 (beginners) is $25 for general admission & $20 for Machine Project members. Registration for Part 1 & Part 2 (advanced techniques) is $35 general admission & $30 for Machine Project members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/11/17/bulgarian-singing-workshop-kate-conklin/

Machine this Week : November 7th-10th

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OPEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8-10pm

Drop by our open hours to see our incredible installation and its old-school tricks of the haunted trade. And please read this lovely Gizmodo article about the cavern and all its wily ways, unless you’re afraid of having the Haunted Mansion ruined for you forever. Or, just read it anyhow!

*Thursday, November 7th from 8-10pm: The charming and insightful MW of Tarotscopes will host a tarot card reading in the Mystery Theater.

*Friday, November 8th & Saturday, November 9th, 8-10pm: Back by popular demand! Joe Merrell’s “Suspension of Disbelief (for the love of Frater Perdurabo & K.A.)”, a psychedelic and beautiful 3D ChromaDepth video homage to the work of Kenneth Anger and Aleister Crowley. Screenings every 20 minutes or so, so just drop on by. 3D glasses provided; not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to flashing lights and images!

THEATER PERFORMANCES : Machine Project’s Mystery Theater

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 11:59pm: Ghost in the Machine Project
Join us for a haunting and haunted puppet spooktacular, an evening of marionettes, music, movies, merriment & mayhem (not necessarily in that order). Marvel at the puppet stylings of “Rasputin’s Marionettes” and “Sir Witch Crafts”! Enjoy rare humor-laced horror clips that shall be projected before your melting eyes! Swoon at the eerie organ talents of “Loto Ball”! For two howl-raising nights only, and commencing at the stroke of midnight – the hour when the forces of darkness reign supreme.

*Sunday, November 10th at 2:00pm: Waterworker: Acapella Songs of Spirits, Death, and Dreaming – Emily Lacy
Folksinger and sound artist Emily Lacy presents a nostalgic collection of acapella songs that explore vocal range, capacity, and color. Drawing on both energies found in early American nation-building, as well as the spiritual baggage of death, passing, and disappointment, a unique crossfire is lit.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS :

 

*Tuesday, November 12th from 7-9pm: Automatic Embroidery and Ghostly Encounters
Join Jenny Hart in Alvarado Caverns for a session of automatic embroidering (in the Victorian tradition of spirit writing) and discuss your personal encounters with ghosts. Participants will embroider under black lights with glow-in-the-dark and reflective threads without any pattern and minimal guidance. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is $45 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/11/12/automatic-embroidery-and-ghostly-encounters/

*Sunday, November 17th, Part 1 from 2-4, Part 2 from 4:15-5:30 at a lovely Silver Lake home: Bulgarian Singing Workshop
Learn tone production, odd meters, ornamentation and songs from the stunning Bulgarian polyphonic tradition with Kate Conklin, Bulgarian singing scholar and former Cirque de Soleil performer. No previous experience necessary!

Registration for Part 1 (beginners) is $25 for general admission & $20 for Machine Project members. Registration for Part 1 & Part 2 (advanced techniques) is $35 general admission & $30 for Machine Project members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/11/17/bulgarian-singing-workshop-kate-conklin/

Machine this Week : Halloween at Alvarado Caverns & Theater Performances

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OPEN HALLOWEEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8-10pm

We built a haunted cavern so, as you might imagine, the fact that it’s Halloween hasn’t escaped us. So, during our open hours this weekend we’ll have some seasonally appropriate screenings and singalongs. For instance:

*Thursday, October 31st, 8-10pm: Jason Betrue will host creepy karaoke in our basement Victorian theater that will feature some of music’s best-loved spooky, eerie, and gruesome songs, the lyrics of which may be displayed on top of videos of kittens, horses, and couples walking down the beach at sunset.

*Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd, 8-10pm: Joe Merrell brings us “Suspension of Disbelief (for the love of Frater Perdurabo & K.A.)” which is, in large part, an animated 3D ChromaDepth video homage to the work of Kenneth Anger and Aleister Crowley. The version of the piece being screened at Machine Project was made especially for the Alvarado Canyons and Mystery Theater project. 3D glasses provided; not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to flashing lights and images!

THEATER PERFORMANCES : Machine Project’s Mystery Theater

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Friday, November 1st at 11:59pm : You Will Close Your Eyes – Laura Rivera
The evening explores the relationships between trance states (or variable consciousness) and the experience of artworks, especially through literary expression. Through verbal suggestion and poetry, the audience will be put in a trance state that will connect them to an experience of their inner worlds.

SOLD OUT, sorry

*Saturday, November 2 at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm: Abstraction Reaction – Kelly Sears
Kelly Sears curates a program of experimental animation that explores the space beyond the pictorial, figurative and often the recognizable — abstraction as a craft and a wide variety of techniques with which contemporary artists forge a lyrical, graphical, and liminal visual practice. Tickets are $7 for members, $10 general.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for these shows.

*Saturday, November 2 at 11:59pm: Double bill – Fol Chen’s “The Horror of Discontinuity” & Gray Palmer’s “I Get Phone Calls From the Dead”
Fol Chen presents an evening of music and video using “continuity” errors in classic 80s horror movies (as enumerated in the anonymous, user-generated IMDB “Goofs” section) to explore the nightmare landscape of useless information and anonymous criticism we now inhabit. And we’ve never actually met Gray Palmer, but he is a playwright who evidently gets phone calls from the dead. Sometimes it doesn’t work.

SOLD OUT, sorry

*Sunday, November 3 at 5:00pm: Joshua Beckman
Come listen to Joshua Beckman read his new book to you — the whole thing, all of it — in our charming mystery theater.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show.

Machine this Week : Theater Performances, Open Cavern Hours, and a Members Only Show

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THEATER PERFORMANCES : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members unless otherwise noted. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

*Friday, October 25th at 11:59pm : Double bill – Patrick Ballard & CLIFF DWELLER SOLD OUT
Patrick Ballard will stumble through a blurry and prosaic wilderness of ever changing beings, vocal experiments, and body driven word-thoughts. Cliff Dweller will perform music that “transports you to a dusky strange planet where the old American midwest, deep sea monsters, and warped interpretations of Hollywood classics come alive and illogically coexist.” CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Saturday, October 26th at 10:30pm (members only) and 11:59pm : Subcontinental Scare: South Asian Tales of Terror
Join us for a performance curated by Robin Sukhadia that features terrifying tales from the South Asian subcontinent, with a live musical score by SADUBAS and Azeem Khan. We’re expecting the 11:59pm show to sell out, so we’ve added a members-only show at 10:30, specially priced at $6.66. Members, you should have received an email with info on how to buy these tickets. If not, email machine@machineproject.com.
Members, CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this specially-priced, members-only show at 10:30pm.
Members and the general public, CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the 11:59pm show.

OPEN CAVERN HOURS : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Saturdays, 8-10pm

Don’t worry, we haven’t really turned into a 99 cent store. Well, we have, but we’ve also turned into a haunted cavern and mystery theater. Come visit our new installation by Chris Weisbart Thursdays through Saturdays from 8-10! This Thursday, we’ll have Scott Cazan performing pieces involving feedback networks, autonomous musical agents, field recordings, and acoustic resonance in the theater from 8-10pm. Stay tuned for more live performances scheduled during open cavern hours!

Machine this Week : Caverns, theater performances, and a workshop

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CAVERNS OPENING : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater
Thursdays through Sundays 8-10pm, starting this Thursday October 17th

You’ve heard us hinting at stalactites, stalagmites, Victorian-era seance techniques, and a haunted theater for weeks. Now’s the chance to see lead artist Chris Weisbart’s Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater in person! Starting this Thursday October 17th from 8-10pm, and running every Thursday through Sunday from 8-10pm through November 24th, we’ll hold open hours for you to come experience our haunted cavern and gorgeous 18-seat theater. If you’re interested in seeing shows in said theater, please check below for this week’s offerings and ticketing information.

THEATER OPENING & PERFORMANCES

This Saturday evening marks our inaugural performance in our 18-seat Mystery Theater. We commissioned a wide range of artists and performers to develop works around hauntings, the uncanny, and the mysterious to take place in the space. Below is a list of our first three performances.

Seating for all shows in the Mystery Theater is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating. All tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members

*Saturday, October 19th at 11:59pm : Ezra Buchla and Claire Cronin
For the opening night of our mystery theater, musicians Ezra Buchla and Claire Cronin will haunt the theater with songs about ghosts, devils, and the moon. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Sunday, October 20th at 2:00pm : Kate Conklin and Jodie Landau
Join us for an afternoon of voice and vibraphone featuring soprano Kate Conklin and composer, vocalist and percussionist Jodie Landau. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

*Sunday, October 20th 5:00pm : Trinie Dalton and Amy Gerstler
An afternoon reading in our theater featuring Trinie Dalton, Amy Gerstler, and possibly some light clairvoyance. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this show

WORKSHOP: Embroidery for Artists at 1450 Ocean
Saturday, October 19th, 12-3pm

Learn the basics of hand embroidery from Jenny Hart in Embroidery for Artists, a class that focuses on textural effects and free-form techniques. Hart will give a brief talk on her work, lead students through the basics of hand embroidery, review tools, share techniques for transferring original designs to fabric and “doodling” in embroidery. Students will leave with a new understanding of hand embroidery and the ability to experiment with it in their own work.

Registration is $75 for Machine members and $85 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/19/embroidery-for-artists-at-1450-ocean/

Machine this Week : a workshop, a new video, and more.

EVENT : Musical Soldering at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 12th, 2-5pm

We’ve partnered with 1450 Ocean in Santa Monica to bring some of our most popular workshops to the Westside. Our first beach-side class will be the ever-popular Musical Soldering, led by Machine Project founder Mark Allen on Saturday, October 12th from 2-5pm. Participants will learn to solder by building a primitive (but rad) synthesizer. As people get their synths working, we’ll add some music-making, and by the end of the workshop everyone will play a simple and inevitably out of tune musical piece together.

Registration is $40 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register click here.

If you’re more into thread than resistors, consider our Embroidery for Artists class at 1450 Ocean the following Saturday, October 19th.

ARCHIVE : Walking Places: Four Walks in Los Angeles, Ken Ehrlich

A series of four playful, absurd, critical and activity-based walks in different parts of the city that examine the architectural landscape up close and reveal Los Angeles as a space of ghosts, projections, limits and possibilities. Led by Ken Ehrlich and an invited collaborator, each walk presented a framed experience of a part of the city, rather than a narration or tour of architectural history.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

SAVE THE DATE : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater opens next week
Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater will be open to the public starting Thursday, October 17th from 8-11pm. The storefront cavern will be open from Thursday through Sunday from 8-11pm through November 24th. We are currently inviting opera singers, poets, performance artists, musicians, actors, scientists, and playwrights to develop programming for our basement theater related to hauntings, the uncanny, and the mysterious. The schedule for the theater will be updated here as shows are confirmed.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS : We need actors and puppeteers!

As we just mentioned, the Machine Project storefront has been transformed into the haunted Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater, and now we need volunteers to complete the magic. If you’ve been hankering to learn Victorian-era seance and theater techniques and/or have some time to spare on the occasional Thursday through Sunday evening for the next several weeks, drop a line to machine@machineproject.com with the subject line [feeling caveish], and mark your calendar for a training session this Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30pm (where you’ll also get a sneak peek at the caverns!).

Machine this Week: Upcoming Westside Workshops, Call for Scenic Artists, and a New Video

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UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Musical Soldering at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 12th, 2-5pm

We’ve partnered with 1450 Ocean, an adult recreation center overlooking the beach run by the City of Santa Monica, to bring some of our most popular workshops to the Westside. Our first beach-side class will be the ever-popular Musical Soldering, led by Machine Project founder Mark Allen on Saturday, October 12th from 2-5pm. Participants will learn to solder by building a primitive (but rad) synthesizer. As people get their synths working, we’ll add some music-making, and by the end of the workshop everyone will play a simple and inevitably out of tune musical piece together.

Registration is $40 for Machine members and $50 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/12/musical-soldering/

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Embroidery for Artists at 1450 Ocean, Santa Monica
Saturday, October 19th, 12-3pm

Learn the basics of hand embroidery from Jenny Hart in Embroidery for Artists, a class that focuses on textural effects and free-form techniques. Hart will give a brief talk on her work, lead students through the basics of hand embroidery, review tools, share techniques for transferring original designs to fabric and “doodling” in embroidery. Students will leave with a new understanding of hand embroidery and the ability to experiment with it in their own work.

Registration is $75 for Machine members and $85 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/10/19/embroidery-for-artists-at-1450-ocean/

This class is presented as part of The Big Draw LA.

*Please note! Registration for these classes is through 1450 Ocean. Please read their instructions carefully while booking. Members: to receive your member’s discount, please register by calling Jamie at 310-458-2239.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS : We need scenic artists, set dressers and carpenters this week!

We’re in the final stages of construction for Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater, and now we’re looking for a few good volunteers to help turn our newly constructed theater into a beautiful yet creepily distressed theater. If you’re a scenic artist or set dresser, we need your help! We wouldn’t say no to folks with carpentry experience either, or painters, or people just interested in getting their hands dirty and learning.

We’re looking for people to help out during the next week. If you’re available, send an email to machine@machineproject.com with the subject line [attitude of decrepitude] and we’ll be in touch!

ARCHIVE : CLUMP AND WHISTLE, SARA ROBERTS

In May, artist Sara Roberts put out an open call for performers for Clump and Whistle, an emergent performance for up to 100 participants based on principles extrapolated from Elias Canetti’s book Crowds and Power. Clump is an experiment in group/crowd behavior, based on a simple rule set but without fixed outcome or direction. In Whistle, the crowd, equipped with multi-pitched whistles, configures to play compositions based on what the person next to you has just done, making propagating sound waves. See it here:

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine this Week : NYC Butter Aerobics

EVENT : PopSoda (Jimmy Fusil and Mike Wait) – Feel the Churn!
September 26th-28th at the Rauschenberg Project Space, 455 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Hey NYC Machine fans! We’re pleased to announce Feel the Churn!, the only fitness system that allows you to make butter as you burn fat, located in the heart/stomach of Chelsea.

Feel The Churn!, a simultaneous aerobics class and butter-making workshop by PopSoda (Jimmy Fusil and Mike Wait), is the second work in our year-long project at the Rauschenberg Project Space, located at 455 West 19th Street in NYC. Sessions take place in the mornings and evenings of September 26th – 28th. Space is limited for this very special event. Tickets and more information available HERE.

Day-glo shorts and leopard-print unitard workout gear encouraged.

Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater

UNDER CONSTRUCTION : Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater

Here’s some exciting news – we’re building a cave and secret underground theatre. Chris Weisbart’s ambitious transformation of our space (working title Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater) is well underway. Stay tuned for a calendar of events related to the uncanny, hauntings, and overall mysteriousness, scheduled to start in mid-October. If you can’t wait that long to see what’s going on in our storefront, here are some pictures!

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The mystery theater

 
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The haunted cavern