Sculpture and music combine in a rare performative act, each heightened by the interplay of sound and sight. "Machines" engages the audience with a multi-sensory experience. Viewers are taken beyond the visual to have a real time interaction with sculpture. Musicians work with a new palette to create truly unique compositions.
Machines are built from industrial surplus and waste. Inanimate objects are brought to life as they create movement and sound. The crudeness of these sound machines recalls the aesthetic of simple inventions. Obsolete equipment is renewed as it becomes part of this collaborative performance art piece.
Collaborating performers have included Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses), Melissa Auf der Maur ( Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Brian Dewan (artist, musician, and creator of the Dewanatron), Elvis Perkins, Alexander Turnquist, and others. Joining the project in 2015 is Bobby Previte, who will act as conductor.
"Machines" debuted in 2012 at the Basilica Hudson, a reclaimed industrial building turned into an art and performance venue. "Machines" next appeared in New York's Chelsea district at the Family Business Gallery, as part of an exhibit curated by Linda Yablonsky. In 2013, "Machines" returned to Manhattan as part of "Wish Meme," during the Ideas City Festival. Later that year the "O Postive" Festival in Kingston, NY featured "Machines." The project continues to develop with new musicians working in studio rehearsals.