LACMA and Machine Project, Sitting in a Tree

November 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm in Art

Not your father\'s elevator music.

Every once in a while I get an email that just brings a smile to my face.

No, I’m not talking about “Make your lovepole fist thick” or even “Her pinky wet grotto long for love.” (Unbelievably, those last two claimed to be from Microsoft. Think I should click the links?)

No, this was an email from Machine Project, LA’s favorite art-gallery-turned-mad-scientist’s-laboratory, claiming that this Saturday, November 15, they plan to seize control of LACMA.

Say what?

According to Machine Project’s literature, starting at noon they’ll be “orchestrating ten hours of performances, workshops, and events which experiment with LACMA’s encyclopedic collections and expansive grounds. Featuring over 60 projects dispersed across the seven-building, twenty-acre campus, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum in new and unexpected ways.”

Which means museumgoers at LACMA on Saturday might run into a robotic Netsuke head, a glow-in-the-dark unicorn, a man wearing a pepper can suit, replicas made from LACMA’s trash, invisible performances, and a painting reproduced in flowers.

Audio treats include one-minute speed metal on the hour, mobile musical aliens, an audio tour of ambient gallery sounds, and a bank of elevators inhabited by trios of musicians including a gamelan orchestra, a mariachi band, and a fife and drum core.

The event also includes workshops, gallery massages, an interactive murder mystery, and, as they say on late night informercials, much, much more.

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