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4.0 out of 5 stars describes well Machine Project, November 17, 2009
This review is from: Machine Project: A Field Guide to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Paperback)
The book depicts an unusual and original collaboration between the well known (internationally!) Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Machine Project. The latter is certainly not as renowned. It is a group of creative types, spanning the arts, science and engineering. Machine Project regularly holds events in a modest shop in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles.

What is shown in the book is a result of Machine Project being allowed to indulge themselves in situ for a day at LACMA. Thus, against the backdrop of very traditional and expensive artworks (see the book cover for an example) are funky compositions spawned by Machine Project. Actually of course, much planning went on in the days before that particular day.

The photos in the book also show various members. Like the local but very peripatetic Emily Lacy, who is in two photos. While Laura Steenberge is shown in another photo playing a contrabass. Alas, the photo has Laura's face rather obscured.

But Machine Project spans more than art and music. As per its name, you can see in the book descriptions and photos of workshops where people solder and assemble sundry electromechanical homemade gadgets. One motivation for these is the idea of ongoing, lifelong learning in an informal context; ie. outside academia. The book devotes extensive space to explaining examples of these put on by Machine Project.

The Field Guide is as much a pointer to Machine Project as it is to LACMA. The reader should appreciate the generosity of LACMA in opening its facilities to this very unorthodox group, as well as funding the publication of this book.
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