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Machine Project's Member Services event occurred on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, featuring:
*Famous graphic designer and amateur graphologist Ben Benjamin analyzing your handwriting
*Famous author and phrenology expert Colin Dickey analyzing the bumps on your head
*Famous mystery band Fol Chen providing personal and unique music for you
*Famous director of Machine Project Mark Allen drawing your inner spirit animal
*Famous musician Paul Fraser providing an improvised soundtrack to your tarot card reading by famous tarot card reader Malisa Humphrey
*A sneak preview of Machine Project’s dramatic storefront transformation including a haunted cavern, a mystery theatre and removing part of the floor
*Lots of good vibes

Screenprinted at Grow Your Own Media (Los Angeles)




Purple Electric Play (PEP!) is a (literally) underground theatrical performance featuring magic, political history, black lights, black
arts, levitation, gratuitous special effects and entertainers both human and puppet producing a bewildering array of emotional and artistic effects.

Summary:
Over a year in the making, Purple Electric Play (PEP!) is Machine Project’s newest collaboration with visionary playwright and psychic Asher Hartman. Commissioned specifically for the Machine Project’s 17 seat underground theatre, PEP! will delight and bewilder the audience with performances of mind-melting intensity.

In a mix of black light theater and black magic, PEP! follows two underground entertainers, The Vital Organ and The Star, as they step in and out of rough and ridiculous political histories, assisted by their pals, The Audience, four naive and playful puppets, Lo-Phat, Donkey, Salad Bar and Starvation luring their live audience deeper into the morass of questions and confrontations that arise from memories of injustice and revolt. PEP! explicitly leverages an audience’s expectation of diversion and excitement to explore the relationship of the creative class to privilege and power, both as resistors and provocateurs.

Screenprinted by Paul Morgan (Oakland)




This poster was commissioned by Machine Project for The Platinum Collection, a mid-career retrospective that took place at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College. The poster was designed in collaboration with Krystal Krunch, a.k.a. Asher Hartman and Haruko Tanaka, a duo of artist intuitives who see and respond to energy in the body, the psyche, architectural spaces, and artworks. The poster design was based off of a personal psychic reading they conducted on my childhood.

Screenprinted by Paul Morgan (Oakland)

The posters have been exhibited at Machine Project in Echo Park, Los Angeles, in Havana, Cuba as part of "PaperArtMachine" at Galería L, Exposición de Carteles, and for "The Platinum Collection" at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. Furthermore, they are published in The Platinum Collection exhibition catalogue, designed by Kimberly Varella and Becca Lofchie (Content/Object).