Jim Fetterley performs psychic surgery to the video archive of Machine Projects. Captured over the last 5 years, these tapes document the various processes, objects, and presentations that have taken place in this lecture hall of mirrors situated at the borders of contemporary art, DIY culture, and the sublime of the internet. Conceptual in nature, and often meant to be experienced in person as a participant, the events time capsuled in these videos were plundered by chance operations and ritual collaging in order to best represent the cryptic essence of this early 21st century computer cargo cult. Codes are taught, broken and rewritten as audience sing alongs and robotic disco poetry readings collide amongst the curious artifacts left on mini DV tapes in the basement of this storefront that is only spitting distance from Hollywood.
exhibited at 18th St. Arts Center May 2- June 27, 2009
LA 2019: CULTS, COLLECTIVES & COCOONING
curated by Ciarra Ennis