If you’ve never spent a Saturday morning trolling The Machine Project’s website for thought-provoking performances, kitchy classes and art installations based in Los Angeles, well, you should get right on that. The Machine Project is a loose group of artist/performer collaborators, as well as a performance space and an educational institution in Echo Park that offers classes in everything from sewing and pickling, to computer programming. Obviously, they are a collection of pretty cool cats doing some very cool things, both at their Echo Park location and out in the LA community.
The Music Center has teamed up with The Machine Project this spring & summer for a series of ongoing performances and installations taking place in Grand Park and on The Music Center’s plaza. The series is called The Music Center Presents The Machine Project’s Field Guide to Grand Park, and will feature a variety of performances, many interactive, for passersby to ponder, participate in, and enjoy.
Our first sampling took place this past Tuesday, when The Machine Project brought their tiny Roaming Theatre to Grand Park’s Court of Historic American Flags, and artist Fol Chen proceeded to perform a 15 minute pop-up performance where viewers could help him create a new American flag (in collage form of course.) Then, people could submit lines for a new national anthem based on their own tastes and passions, which Chen belted out with enthusiasm and gusto!
The Roaming Theatre will continue to make appearances in the park through June, so keep an eye out for it the next time you visit. And with over 30 artists commissioned to create short, pop-up performances, we guarantee you won’t know what to expect… except that it will be something awesome.