Even though it is half our name, the word “Project” for us is loosely defined. Most of the time, it means an institution (usually a museum) has asked us to do something to explore their space. Sometimes, we explore a topic on our own, like ping-pong. Sometimes, we turn our storefront into a forest. Since so much of Machine Project’s work is time-based, we also have made an effort in recent years to document our performances. Check out our current projects below, and read more about some of the stuff we’ve done in the past.

  • Current Projects

    Machinations in the Library


    Installations and Performances
    With Joel Fox, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Jeepneys, Jmy James Kidd and Tara ONeil

    Machine Project artists reimagine and respond to the Central Library’s space and/or collections. From a sound and dance improvisation inspired by a photograph of legendary choreographer Bella Lewitzky in the LAPL’s photo collection, to site-specific video installations (including one based on used books unearthed in a library book sale)—these artists will transform various areas of Central Library into an interactive multimedia playground, allowing for a unique participatory experience.

    More info and event details here.

  • The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House


    For The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House, Machine Project commissions a diverse group of Los Angeles artists to create new works exploring, celebrating, and dramatizing the Arts and Crafts masterpiece The Gamble House by architects Greene & Greene.

    More info and event details here.

  • Past Projects

    The Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park


    This spring and summer, Machine Project, in partnership with The Music Center, 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.

    More info and event details here.

  • The Machine Project Project Space for Projects


    Visible from our front window, the MPPSfP is a smallish room constructed inside our already-smallish storefront space. We are inviting artists to do short residencies in the space that will be 2 hours to 2 weeks in length, and may include psychedelic ping pong, performance, song, and our first ever group show.
    The current series of events blurs the line between performance and exhibition, using the Machine Project Project Space for Projects as a container for both actions and the effects of those actions.

    More info and event details here.

  • Sometimes Machine Project is invited to do stuff at other locations, within LA and across the country. Sometimes Machine Project likes to explore a certain topic for an extended period of time at the storefront. Read about both below.

    More information about our institutional collaborations.

    More information about our storefront series.

  • Machine Transformations

    More often than not, during the daytime Machine Project looks half-empty, and not yet cleaned up: more like a workshop than your typical gallery. Almost every day we do something different in the space. Occasionally the transformation lasts a little longer.

    More information about our grander transformations.

  • Storefront Engineering Activities

    Over the years we’ve built some unique features into our store front. These include a pneumatic cash machine, a tree stump watering hole, a vertical garden of succulents blooming from our storefront facade, and elevator bookshelves installed in the gallery floor.

    More information about our storefront engineering activities.

  • Machine Interviews

    Check out some of the interviews we have conducted with various artists who have collaborated with Machine Project.

    More information about Machine interviews.

  • Machine Publications

    We have publications documenting some of our larger scale events and installations available for purchase and pdf download.

    More information about Machine publications.

  • Machine Project Benefits

    Machine Project hosts scores of free public events every year. This is made possible in part by our annual Benefit, which packs months worth of Machine events into a single spectacular and intimate evening. Past activities have included gold panning, fake museum ID card making, and action movie style art theft from a laser-protected perimeter. Discounted tickets available to members. Not a member? Become a Member!

    More information about Machine Project Benefits, past and future.