Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Machine Project x Los Angeles County Museum of Art

During a momentary lapse in judgment, LACMA invited Machine Project to take over their precious museum complex. Machine Project, known for its gracious ambition, has outdone itself with the most epic endeavor to date. From Machine:

We will be orchestrating ten hours of performances, workshops, and events which experiment with LACMA’s encyclopedic collections and expansive grounds. Featuring over 60 projects dispersed across the seven-building, twenty-acre campus, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum in new and unexpected ways.
With 60 projects and a cast of 250 engaged optimists, Machine will unleash a maelstrom of creativity on the generally staid institution.

Photo from the Machine Project Speed Metal Guitarist Auditions

How does something of this scale come together? One piece at a time. Again, from Machine:

Machine Project is looking for the ultimate black/speed/grind/doom metal guitarist. Must be able to play riffs along the lines of Cradle of Filth, Gorgoroth, Children of Bodom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Napalm Death. Must be able to play beyond fast. Must be able to sound insane. Must have own guitar and amp.

The chosen guitarist will perform 1 minute of speed metal, every hour on the hour from noon to 8pm (8 performances/8 minutes total), beneath a remotely located replica of a gothic arch during Machine Project’s show at LACMA on November 15th. Pays $100 for the day.

Though the auditions were not a scheduled entertainment event, I was powerless to resist attending the auditions of those about to shred. Mark Allen and I sat on a pair of folding chairs and felt only slightly less awkward than the poor bastards ripping through German death metal solos only to be asked to switch to a classic Yngwie-style of wizardry.

Photo from the Machine Project Speed Metal Guitarist Auditions

Machine Project x LACMA