Machine this Week: April 15th – 20th

things are not as they seem

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


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


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


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


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.

Machine this Week: March 13th – 15th


EVENT : The Trans-Centurial Harpsichord – Sepand Shahab and Richard Valitutto
Thursday through Saturday, March 13th – 15th at 8pm
Seating is extremely limited and by advance purchase only. No late seating.
Tickets are $9 for members // $15 for non-members
A recital of solo harpsichord works interpolating music from the French baroque with modern pieces from around the world.

Hey, We’re Going to Be on TV!


Hey, we’re going to be on TV! Specifically, KCET’s Artbound is airing a special episode on the Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture this Thursday at 9pm. If you’re part of the small percentage of Americans who doesn’t yet own a TV set, you can also view the livestream on old media (Internet) by tuning your browser here starting on Friday the 7th. You can also come watch it with us in our Mystery Theater this Saturday from noon-6pm.The entire series of videos and accompanying articles can be viewed on Machine’s Artbound page.

This hour-long Artbound episode features videos and interviews from our summer project as part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. It is also our first appearance on public television. Join Machine as we explore downtown Los Angeles by helicopter, view a music performance from underneath a swimming pool, set off a sextet of smoke alarms, serenade Silver Lake’s Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, and witness a theatrical performance in MAK Center for Art & Architecture’s R. M. Schindler house that features an appearance by Brian from the Crab Pot, who later turns into a dog. Featuring Asher Hartman, Bennett Williamson & Jessica Cowley, Ing, Jacqueline Gordon, Jmy Kidd and the Sunland Dancers, Kamau Patton, and Todd Lerew.

The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture was part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brought together several local cultural institutions from April – July 2013 for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Machine this Week : March 6th – 8th


EVENT : From the Bottom of a Well Looking Up — Ezra Buchla, Brian Crabtree, and Kelli Cain
Thursday, March 6th at 8pm and 10pm
Join us for a performance for the ghost of António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848 – 1920) — botanist, bibliophile, alchemist, collector, and general enthusiast of nature and the mysteries of the universe, with music in three parts with three voices: Ezra Buchla, Brian Crabtree, and Kelli Cain.

EVENT : A Thesaurus of Horrors: A History of the Fear of Premature Burial
Friday, March 7th at 8pm
Librarian Megan Rosenbloom, director of Death Salon, takes you on an exploration of the Victorian obsession with premature burial based on books from the era, and how those hilariously lurid books inspired the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Megan will delve into some of the purported tales of live burial, the entrepreneurs who made safety coffins, the societies formed to protect against this primal fear, and how this fear trickles down into our modern culture.

EVENT : Machine Project’s KCET Artbound episode screening
Saturday, March 8th from 12-6pm
Hey, we’re on TV! Drop in any time between 12-6pm to view our hour-long Artbound episode in our Mystery Theater. Featuring videos of performances from last summer’s Machine Project Field Guide to LA Architecture, this is our very first appearance on public television.

EVENT : Table Tennis Professionals vs. Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room!
Saturday, March 8th from 2-5pm
While you’re here for our KCET Artbound episode screening, come check out ping pong pro Adam Bobrow take on the Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room. Hear the table tennis professional talk about what it’s like to play on the international professional circuit, demonstrate some useful techniques, and see how his skills measure up against the disorienting power of the Optical Illusion Ping Pong Room.

Machine This Week : March 1st – March 2nd


WORKSHOP : Experimental Casting Workshop at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Saturday, March 1st & Sunday, March 2nd from 12-4pm

Machine Project and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock* present an experimental casting workshop with artist Mary Hill. In this two-day class, participants will pair experimental casting methods with traditional mold-making to create work that is first classical and then distorted. We will cover how to cast with wax, plaster, and resin (Silcast II) into our own silicone molds, and then push each material past its conventional use to achieve curious and surprising results.

*Please note that this is event is taking place at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

Registration is $105 for Machine members and $120 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

WORKSHOP : Bread Baking Using Naturally Leavened Dough and Whole Grain Flour
Saturday, March 1st from 1-4pm

In this afternoon workshop, you’ll learn baking concepts from starter to finished loaf. We will begin with ideas about maintaining a sourdough culture and the difference between commercial and “wild” yeast. We will develop dough all the way through bulk fermentation, then cover the core principles of shaping boules and batards. Afterwards, each student will be given the supplies and homework to make a couple of loaves for an optional community bake the next day at Grand Park using a wood fired oven.

Registration is $45 for Machine members and $55 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

EVENT : Community Bread Bake in Grand Park
Sunday, March 2nd from 11am-2pm

Join Machine Project and artist Michael O’Malley for a community bread bake in Grand Park. Michael has built a portable, wood-fired oven and will open it up to anyone who would like to bake bread in it. He’ll be baking batches of your bread at 12pm and 1pm, but there to answer any questions you have about bread-making between 11am – 2pm. You can find us in Olive Court, the block of Grand Park between Grand and Hill, just east of the fountain and right next to the Starbucks.

Machine This Week : February 20th – 23rd


WORKSHOP : Improv for People Who Would Never Take an Improv Class
Thursday, February 20th & Thursday February 27th from 7-10pm

Let’s say you’re intrigued by improv but always felt weird about signing up for a class. Well, Machine has you covered! In this two-day class, which takes place on the Mystery Theater stage, you and your classmates will create new realities to play in while learning the key principles of improvisation. Ben Benjamin, artist/designer/occasional improvisor, will be your guide.

Registration is $55 for Machine members and $65 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here:

EVENT : Optical Illusion Ping Pong
Saturday, February 22nd from 2-5pm // Free

Adrienne Adar invites you to experience Optical Illusion Ping Pong, an amped up version of the beloved rec room game. Experience the psychedelic effects of playing ping pong while immersed in a room covered floor to ceiling with a black and white checkerboard pattern. We’ll have Drop-in play and free beer tp celebrate the opening of this installation, up through March 7th.

WORKSHOP : Digital Cameras + Circuit Bending = Glitch Art
Sunday, February 23rd from 12-6pm

Learn the basics of circuit bending and hardware-based glitch art techniques in this afternoon workshop. We will dismantle and disarm a digital camera, short circuit the electronics, and capture wild hallucinations from the altered mind of the rewired camera brain. You’ll leave with a camera and a memory card that will allow you to continue making glitch art at home, as well as any files you generate in class.

Registration is $110 for Machine members and $125 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here: