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Friday Salon: Machine Project Presents!

21 Jun 2013

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 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.

This presentation focuses on Machine Project’s use of non-traditional exhibition spaces for the presentation of events as a form of curatorial practice. Topics discussed include the changing role of documentary strategies for representing performance and time based work, an overview of artist run curatorial initiatives in Los Angeles, and the potential for experimental and process based methodologies to move past models of success and failure.

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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