Over a year in the making, Purple Electric Play (PEP!) is Machine Project’s latest collaboration with visionary playwright and psychic Asher Hartman. Commissioned specifically for the Machine Project’s 17 seat underground theatre, PEP! delights and bewilders the audience with performances of mind-melting intensity.
In a mix of black light theater and black magic, PEP! follows two underground entertainers, THE VITAL ORGAN and THE STAR, as they step in and out of rough and ridiculous political histories, assisted by their pals, THE AUDIENCE, four naive and playful puppets, LO-PHAT, DONKEY, SALAD BAR and STARVATION luring their live audience deeper into the morass of questions and confrontations that arise from memories of injustice and revolt. PEP! explicitly leverages an audience’s expectation of diversion and excitement to explore the relationship of the creative class to privilege and power, both as resistors and provocateurs.
More information about PEP! here.
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.
In April and May 2013, we turned our storefront into the Institute for Experimental Table Tennis Research. The institute explored the relationship of “Ping” and “Pong”, experimented with sound-sensored paddles, and composed both pre-recorded and improvised sounds while playing the game we all love. Events included PING vs. PONG, A chance meeting in a storefront of a ping pong table and a sound installation, Interactive Ping Pong Music, Improvised Sound Ping Pong Tournament, and 11 Points – A collaboration with Federico Llach.
More information about the institute here.