Mark Allen, founding director of Los Angeles' remarkable Machine Project, gives an informal presentation and talk about their recent projects and programmes, with a focus on the interdisciplinary practice at the core of Machine Project's philosophy.
Vacations for plants, concerts for dentists and car theft workshops for children are a few of the recent performances produced by Machine Project, a non-profit cultural space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature and food, based in an informal storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Outside of the storefront, Machine operates as a collaborative group of artists producing shows both locally and internationally at museums, beaches, and parking lots.
"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." wikipedia
Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles and the founder and executive director of Machine Project. Under his direction Machine has produced over 1000 events, workshops and installations. Prior to opening Machine, he was involved with several alternative arts groups as a curator, board member and director, including the Los Angeles new media collective c-level. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California San Diego, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York, and served for three years as a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Mark received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, following a residency with the Core Fellowship of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
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