Film screening at Machine Project on Alvarado Blvd. in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
|Location||1200 D North Alvarado Street Los Angeles, California United States|
Machine Project was a Los Angeles based not-for-profit arts organization and community event space. Machine Project's mission was to produce cultural programming that inspires audiences to become creatively active by imagining, participating and relating in new ways to the arts and sciences - utilizing a range of techniques, such as informality, humor, and surprise, in order to make new, exciting and complex ideas accessible. Machine Project offered workshops, exhibitions, performances, and talks at a storefront gallery in the Echo Park neighborhood, near the major intersection of Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard. It is also a gathering place for a loose alliance of artists who produce collaborative work in various locations around Los Angeles, including the Santa Monica beach and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Machine Project was founded by Mark Allen in 2004 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2005. In January 2018, Machine Project announced it would close its doors.
In a 2006 LA Weekly article, writer Gendy Alimurung described Machine Project as, "Nikola Tesla by way of P.T. Barnum, with a dash of 'The Anarchist Cookbook.' " Machine Project facilitates conversations between poets, technicians, artists, scientists, and obscure hobbyists and supports work that arises out of unusual combinations of interests. Past activities have included urban plant foraging and needlepoint therapy based on classic oil paintings. Machine Project prioritizes accessibility, explicitly courting amateur practitioners and curious locals. Workshops are regularly offered in sewing electronics, soldering, Arduino and Processing for artists.[original research?]
Over the years, Machine Project has moved toward larger collaborations, holding residences with major art museums, including a one-day takeover of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on November 15, 2008 and a several month residency at the Hammer Museum in 2010. The show was described by LA Weekly as "epic".
- "After 15 years, a forest, a pig and a giant tongue, Echo Park alternative arts space Machine Project is closing its doors". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Machine Project's Website
- Machine Project residency information on the Hammer Museum Website
- NY Times Article on Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA[permanent dead link]
- LA Times Article on Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA[permanent dead link]
- From Machine to Museum Project: Interview with Mark Allen by Ken Allan in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly
- Article in LA Weekly, 2006