This summer, Machine has invited 30 artists to create 30 new projects that respond to 30 notable architectural sites around the city of Los Angeles. The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions 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.
The Machine Project Field Guide to the Former Robert Rauschenberg Painting Storage Facility on 19th Street in Chelsea
In the yearlong series, The Machine Project Field Guide to the Former Robert Rauschenberg Painting Storage Facility on 19th Street in Chelsea, we will develop performances, lectures, workshops and other participatory interventions – to be tested and work-shopped at both Machine Project and Robert Rauschenberg Project Space in preparation for our month-long show in September 2014. These occasional pop-up performances and interventions will map the potential and possibilities of these relationships and spaces, with a more in-depth presentation of the findings in September.
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 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.
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.
Check out some of the interviews we have conducted with various artists who have collaborated with Machine Project.
We have publications documenting some of our larger scale events and installations available for purchase and pdf download.
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!
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.