Machine Project
Machine Project recently invited over 20 artists to create performances that respond to notable architectural sites throughout Los Angeles, collectively creating The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture. The project was part of the larger Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., which celebrated Southern California’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at area cultural institutions from April - September 2013. With grant funding from the Getty Foundation, Machine Project asked artists to take on the whole environment of Los Angeles -- the streets, the freeways, swimming pools, anonymous industrial buildings, churches and tract homes -- and create performances shot on video and edited into short experimental films. The following essays, interviews, and videos chronicle this alternative guide to L.A.’s architectural history.
Homer's Odyssey Performed in a Honda Odyssey
Homer's Odyssey Performed in a Honda Odyssey
"Odyssey Odyssey" is a performance adapted from a segment in Homer's "The Odyssey," that takes place in a Honda Odyssey driving the freeways of Los Angeles.
A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings
A Brief History of Los Angeles' Tallest Buildings
In conjunction with artist Kamau Patton's helicopter performance art, Machine Project compiles a history of the tallest buildings throughout the history of Los Angeles.
Carmina Escobar's Massagem Sonora
Carmina Escobar's Massagem Sonora
At the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro artist Carmina Escobar led "Massagem Sonora," a performance exploring the personal geography of the body.
Asher Hartman's Glass Bang
Asher Hartman's Glass Bang
Asher Hartman's "Glass Bang" is an a experimental musical performance staged in L.A. at an R. M. Schindler-built modernist home on Mulholland Drive in Laurel Canyon.
Sara Roberts' Clump and Whistle
Sara Roberts' Clump and Whistle
Clump is an experiment in group/crowd behavior, a participatory performance based on a simple rule set but without fixed outcome or direction.
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