The Platinum Collection is a mid-career retrospective of Machine Project,
an organization bringing together thinkers, doers, and artists. Started in
2003, Machine Project is lead by Mark Allen, and located in Los Angeles.
This exhibition reflects the scope of Machine Project’s ongoing artistic
practice. It combines videos, posters, and dioramas documenting past
Machine Project events; newly commissioned live performances; occasional
phone calls from poets; a poetry listening transportation system (i.e. the
Tang’s elevator); Machine’s theatre, which has been teleported into the
Museum for the duration of the show; and Machine’s director Mark Allen,
who has also been teleported into the Museum for the duration of the
show — look for him in his “storefront” office and say hello.
Simultaneous with and within the exhibition is the creation of the
catalogue Machine Project — The Platinum Collection. This book is being
conceptualized, written, and designed during the exhibition, perhaps
even as you read this text, with evidence continually posted to the West
Wall of the Malloy Gallery in the form of an evolving series of images,
plans, drawings, texts, diagrams, and essays.