We regularly rearrange the Machine Project gallery space for performances and classes. About once a year, the transformation is more dramatic. We are currently building a ship in the process of sinking into the gallery floor, which will open in September 2010 with a month of nautically themed programming. In past lives, Machine has been an indoor forest and a giant, hyperbolic and somewhat messier version of itself.
In April 2009, Christy McCaffrey and Sara Newey turned Machine Project into an outdoor Forest. Numerous woodland-themed lectures, musical performances, poetry readings, ghost stories and film screenings were held among the trees. When it was time to take it down, our Deforestation Squad recycled all forest materials into free art objects, tailored to request.
More information about the Forest and woodland events here.
For Nate Page’s February 2010 site-specific installation, Subject/Object/Project he followed Machine’s staff around for a few weeks as they went about their day-to-day business. He then transformed the physical stuff of Machine into narrative sculptural vignettes, including the contents of Director Mark Allen’s desk drawer and a giant folding chair. Other supplies were shrink-wrapped.
More information about Subject/Object/Project here.
For a period of seven weeks Josh Beckman’s Sea Nymph hosted a whole series of nautical-themed events, performances, lectures, and workshops, as well as an opera by and for dogs. Inside the capsized hull of the ship there was a crystal cave.
More information about Sea Nymph here.
Storefront Plaza by Nate Page relocates the windows of Machine Project and reinstalls them twenty feet back into the main gallery space. To achieve this the exterior walls of the building stretch deep into Machine’s storefront along a constructed support structure which re-assigns much of the interior space as exterior space. As a result, the public will be able to access what was formerly Machine Project’s front room now transformed as a large sidewalk alcove; the storefront pulled back like a slingshot from the street.
More information about Storefront Plaza.