About 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.