Ayelen – Curatorial
I travelled to New York on Saturday April 5th to take part on a workshop organized by Machine Project, who I have been researching for an upcoming exhibition. A Skidmore alumnus, Mark Allen ’93, leads this loose collective of artists and a storefront venue in Los Angeles. Given that their events and workshops are often time-based and require the presence of an audience, I went to experience first-hand one of their them.
The workshop was titled “Mind reading for the left and the right brain,” and was divided in two sections: during the first, we would build a lie detector, and during the second, we would increase our innate intuitive abilities to “read” people. Chris Kallmyer, a sound artist and regular Machine Project collaborator, facilitated the workshop. He was very casual, didactic and created a very lively environment. People had conversations about a range of topics. We unpacked our lie detector kits, we learn to distinguish between electrical components, we solder, and we acquired this specific knowledge on electronics. During the second half, we were guided by an attentive duo of artists, Krystal Krunch. After several exercises designed to make us pay attention to our ability to see, hear, and feel, our innate intuitive abilities to read people appear to have been accentuated.
The event successfully brought together people with different interests and lifestyles. I asked the participants why they came to the event and it turned out that some people had come specially to decipher how to build a lie detector, others were interested in getting closer to their intuition, but most came to have a taste Machine Project in New York. I came back to Saratoga Springs with a lot of new information on electronics, intuition, soldering, chakras, having met new people, and having had a great time. Perhaps it’s this combination of experiences that makes people want to participate in Machine Project.