Be a Cog in the Machine

Inside your Issue 2 of Coilhouse Magazine you’ll find a love letter to Los Angeles that talks about some of my favorite places in this Angel City Desert. Near the top of the list is The Machine Project– a modern-day salon dedicated to zapping life into this city, one lecture/field trip/class/performance at a time. Art space, home of Dorkbot SoCal [another one coming up this Saturday!], miniature lecture hall and experimental kitchen, this place has hosted some of the best events in town. Visitors enjoy a friendly atmosphere and beer as the boundaries between art and science melt away.

Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir at Machine Project. Original here.

Places like this are indispensable, especially here in big bad disjointed Los Angeles. They cultivate community, learning and provide outlets to brilliant outsiders rarely seen elsewhere. You want Alt Culture? Here it is. The Machine Project mission statement, from the Epic FAQ:

Machine Project exists to encourage heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious. We provide educational resources to people working with technology, we collaborate with artists to produce site-specific works, and we promote conversations between scientists, poets, technicians, performers, and the community of Los Angeles as a whole.

Tabla workshop at Machine Project. Original here.

I’ve been an occasional attendee for years now, but this is changed today, when I become an official Member. You see, I received some sad news in my inbox recently. It seems the economy is kicking my beloved Machine square in its mechanical nuts! This wonderful place need help, and it needs help now. Fortunately, helping such an awesome organization is easy and fun. Here are the ways you can be part of The Machine Project:

5 Responses to “Be a Cog in the Machine”

  1. the daniel Says:

    see you at the members-only event / secret bar!

  2. Zoetica Says:

    Damn straight! I feel like a responsible member of the awesome club, finally.

  3. Tequila Says:

    Sounds like a good place to put some of the loose cash I have on hand thanks to working ungodly hours over the holidays. Thanks Zo!…would have just spent it on comics otherwise…or magical beans.

    I like the fact one gets a complimentary hug. We all need one of those now & again!…well that & booze.

  4. Zoetica Says:

    Tequila, we should venture out to one of these events together soon! I promise you will love it.

  5. Tequila Says:

    Zo, Sounds like a plan. I like the fact one can also support it through a subscription plan…so really there is no excuse! haha plus it’s tax deductible! :D