Video: Kamau Patton – The Sky Above

Check out this video of Kamau Patton’s The Sky Above event that happened in late May as part of our Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

The Sky Above by Kamau Patton from machine project on Vimeo.

Machine this Week: Saturday June 29th & an Upcoming Class

EVENT : It’s Not Right But Its OK – Cliff Hengst
Saturday, June 29th at 4pm // $10
Outside The Beverly Hilton, // 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Join Cliff Hengst on a Starline Bus Tour as he has his body taken over by the soul of Whitney Houston. Starting at the Beverly Hilton, Whitney reminisces down memory lane on a double decker tour bus and takes one last look at the legendary boulevard of luxury, industry, and Subway sandwiches.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Programming the iPhone 101
Tuesday and Thursday: July 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th

Registration is now open for another installment of the popular iPhone Programming 101 class with Chandler McWilliams. Learning to program for the iPhone can be a daunting challenge. A new language, a new development environment, new hardware, and new ways of thinking all before you have a working app. This four session workshop will get you up and coding quickly so you can learn the intricacies of creating applications for iPhone by diving right in and doing it.

Registration is $250 for members / $275 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/07/16/programming-the-iphone-101-3/

Tickets on sale: It’s Not Right, But It’s OK – Cliff Hengst

Tickets are now on sale for Cliff Hengst’s It’s Not Right, But It’s OK. Join Cliff Hengst on a Starline Bus Tour as he has his body taken over by the soul of Whitney Houston.

Saturday June, 29th at 4pm

$10 - Click here to buy tickets.

Click here for more information and details about the event.

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

Machine this Week: June 19th – 23rd

EVENT : Mark Allen at the Arts Catalyst, London
Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm GMT // £3
At The Arts Catalyst, 50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PS

For those of you that reside on the other side of the Atlantic- Mark Allen, founding director of Machine Project, will give an informal presentation and talk about our recent projects and programs, with a focus on the interdisciplinary practice at the core of Machine Project’s philosophy.

EVENT : Mark Allen at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Friday, June 21st at 3pm GMT // £5
At the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

If you miss the first presentation (or just want to learn more) Mark Allen will be giving a second London talk that will focus on Machine’s documentary strategies for representing performance and time based work. Additional topics that Mark will discuss include an overview of artist run curatorial initiatives in Los Angeles, and the potential for experimental and process based methodologies to move past models of success and failure.

Machine this Weekend: June 15th – 16th

EVENT : THE SUNLAND DANCERS and Tara Jane Oneil – Welcome
Saturday, June 15th at 6:45pm
At an outdoor location in Lincoln Heights

Welcome is a ritual dance music blessing to be performed by THE SUNLAND DANCERS: Jmy James Kidd, Olive McKeon, Perin Hailey McNelis, Jillian Stein, and Alexa Weir, with sound composition by Tara Jane ONeil. Welcome – Version 2.2 will be performed on a hilltop with the dusty brown backdrop of downtown Los Angeles. This spot is wild and private, a secluded peak inside urban sprawl.

RSVP for event location – audience size is very limited.

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

EVENT : Asher Hartman – Glass Bang
Saturday June 15th from 8 – 10:30pm
At a historic home in Laurel Canyon

Update: All performances SOLD OUT! We are currently scheduling more performances for late June, and will offer advance sales to Machine Project members. Stay tuned!

In Glass Bang, artist Asher Hartman’s new experimental musical play, a man becomes so alienated from himself that he is split in two beings, gradually becoming a deity whose creative and destructive impulses have a profound effect on his closest friends. In this two-hour live play, the dialogue unfolds around the viewers who become immersed in the action.

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

WORKSHOP : Light-Sensitive Oscillators: Learn to Make Sound Circuits
Sunday, June 16th from 12-4pm

If you’ve ever wanted the ability to control sound with light, then this is the class for you. Make light-sensitive oscillators that you can take home, all while learning about basic electronics, soldering, sound and audio. No electronics experience necessary!

Registration is $75 for members / $85 for non-members. Registration is now CLOSED for this class, but e-mail machine@machineproject.com to be put on the wait list, or to find out about next time we have a class like this.

EVENT : Walking Places: A Walk in Lakewood with D.J. Waldie and Ken Ehrlich
Sunday, June 16th from 1:30 – 3:30pm
SOLD OUT! Click here to be added to the waitlist

Join us for the second installment of Walking Places: A Four Part Series as artists D.J. Waldie and Ken Ehrlich lead a participatory walk through Lakewood. Topics that will be discussed include single family homes, placemaking, and a reconsideration of the suburban landscape.

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

Very Special Secret Insider Club Invitation

Dear Friends,

Our financial year is drawing to a close and with your help we just might be able to keep the doors open for another year. Celebrate our improbable existence by participating in the very special club we call MACHINE PROJECT MEMBERSHIP. It’s easy, fast, and affordable – simply follow this link:

http://machineproject.com/join/

Oh the secret perks, invitations and benefits you will receive!

We also offer the opportunity to contribute in CLASSIC MODE. For a limited time only simply write a check to Machine Project for $64 or $128 or $256 or $1024 and mail it to:

Machine Project
PO BOX 26900
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Thank you for your ongoing support, it means the world to us. You are the best!

love,

Machine

Machine this Weekend: June 7th – 9th

EVENT : Asher Hartman – Glass Bang
Friday, June 7th / Saturday, June 8th / Saturday June 15th from 8 – 10:30pm
At a historic home in Laurel Canyon

Update: All performances SOLD OUT! We are currently scheduling more performances for late June, and will offer advance sales to Machine Project members. Stay tuned!

In Glass Bang, artist Asher Hartman’s new experimental musical play, a man becomes so alienated from himself that he is split in two beings, gradually becoming a deity whose creative and destructive impulses have a profound effect on his closest friends. In this two-hour live play, the dialogue unfolds around the viewers who become immersed in the action.

Location will be disclosed to ticketholders. The audience is limited to 20 per performance, so we expect these performances to sell out quickly.

EVENT : David Eng – The Dawning of the Age of Aquariums
Saturday, June 8th at 2:30pm
At Cabrillo Marine Aquarium // 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731

David Eng will lead us on a tide pool visit, accompanied by a live string ensemble arranged by Melinda Rice. We will then go to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s auditorium for a brief lecture on the origin story of 19th-century aquaria, after which visitors are free to explore the rest of the Frank Gehry-designed aquarium.

EVENT : Walking Places – A Walk in Venice with Erin Schneider and Ken Ehrlich
Sunday, June 9th from 1 – 3pm
SOLD OUT! Click here to be added to the waitlist

Join artists and Venice natives Erin Schneider and Ken Ehrlich as they lead a participatory walk through the diverse ecosystems of Venice. The tour will visit sites of artistic transformation, cultural significance and mythic projection including artist studios and architectural meeting places, beat cafes, and a concrete lagoon. We will use mapping, group activities and alternative narratives to highlight transformation in an evolving city.

This event is part of a four-part series Walking places : Four Walks in Los Angeles.

All events this weekend are part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine this Weekend: Sunday, June 2nd & an Upcoming Class

EVENT : 11 Points – Federico Llach
Sunday, June 2nd from 6 – 8pm
Ever wondered whether your competitive impulse outweighs your desire to keep a steady beat? Become a performer in Federico Llach’s “11 Points” and you just might answer this question. Sensors in the Institute for Experimental Table Tennis Research‘s ping pong table trigger previously recorded music that will take on the herky-jerky groove of your match. Will you strive toward total domination of your opponent, or for that perfect 4/4 beat? Drop by Machine, play some ping pong, drink a beer, and find out!

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Light-Sensitive Oscillators: Learn to Make Sound Circuits
Sunday, June 16th, 12-4pm
Registration is now open for Raphael Arar’s oscillators class. If you’ve ever wanted to control sound with light, then this is the class for you. Make light-sensitive oscillators that you can take home, all while learning about basic electronics, soldering, sound and audio. No electronics experience necessary!

Registration is $75 for members / $85 for non-members. Sign up at the following link:
http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/06/16/light-sensitive-oscillators-learn-to-make-sound-circuits/

Machine This Weekend: May 25th – 26th

WORKSHOP : Intro to Arduino
Saturday, May 25th / Sunday, May 26th / Saturday, June 1st / Sunday, June 2nd from 12 – 3pm
An Arduino is an open-source micro-controller with the ability to quickly and easily interface with a variety of sensors, electronics, and software making it a staple of physical computing in artistic applications. We will cover a variety of topics such as basic electronics, hardware sensors, programming in the Arduino language, and what can be done when you combine all of these things.

Registration is $225 for members / $250 for non-members. Sign up at the following link:
http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/05/25/intro-to-arduino-4/

EVENT : Kamau Patton – The Sky Above
Sunday, May 25th at 6pm
At the Machine Project storefront.
Join us for a (real time) broadcast tour of all the buildings in downtown that have ever held the title of “Tallest Building in Los Angeles”. Conceptualized and performed by Kamau Patton (with the help of a helicopter pilot, filmmaker and sound engineer), this is the first time we’ve ever rented a helicopter for anything.

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

Machine This Weekend: May 18th – 19th

EVENT : Clump and Whistle
Sunday, May 19th 2013 at 1pm
Glendale Civic Center Plaza // Broadway and Glendale Ave
Clump and Whistle: an emergent performance for up to 100 participants based on principles extrapolated from Elias Canetti’s book Crowds and Power. The public is invited to join with Machine Project and artist Sara Roberts for two participatory performances. 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. Click here for further details.

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

EVENT : Machine Project in Miami
Saturday, May 18th from 6:30 to 8pm
Location will be disclosed with RSVP.
RSVP by May 16 to splash@cannonballmiami.org or call 786-347-2360 for more information.

Machine Project, in collaboration with Cannonball, presents Swash Motions. In this new work, Corey looks to the popular beach landscapes of Miami as a canvas to create an ephemeral, experiential piece that invokes the spirit of the open air and the edge of the world.

Fogel and a small ensemble of musicians will reimagine the well-trodden beaches as a boundless stage. Natural resources, such as water, sand, and breeze, become raw materials in a collage of choreography, sculpture, and improvisation. Swash Motions blends music, color, gesture, and material forms into a sensual exploration of berm, swash, wrack, and dune.