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The Machine Project

Machine Project is a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to helping artists do fun experiments together with the public. Project artists will be coming to Colgate’s campus and the Village of Hamilton throughout the semester to create an innovative series of community art projects.

Ten artists, performers, and innovators will visit Colgate and the Village of Hamilton throughout the fall semester to usher in a new experience in community-driven performance and display.

And they need your help.

Perfect Strangers: Machine Project and the Hamiltonians will unfold from the week of September 8 to November 13 on campus and at various sites throughout the village. Artists and performers from the Machine Project, a Los Angeles-based group, will visit Colgate as part of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Visiting Artist-in-Residence.

Visiting artists will collaborate with university faculty and village residents to create and display immersive art installations.

The initiative, much like Revolutions Per Minute two years ago, continues Colgate’s long tradition of bringing innovative artists to campus and the Hamilton community. This will be the Machine Project’s first collaboration with an entire community.

Machine Project performers are planning efforts in which artists will work without a predetermined outcome or path for the artistic endeavor. For example, participating performers plan to:

  • Rewire old, obsolete, or broken devices to create new devices with new purposes that are not predetermined.
  • Create portraits of village residents in real time, to be displayed at different sites throughout the village.
  • Conduct a séance to try to conjure the spirit of John Vincent Atanasoff, the Hamilton native who is credited with inventing the digital computer.
  • Additional projects involve diverse skills such as welding, computer hacking, and raking leaves.

Colgate University’s participation in the project is being coordinated by DeWitt Godfrey, professor and chair in Colgate’s Department of Art and Art History, and Lynn Schwarzer, a professor of art and art history and film and media studies.

Upcoming Machine Project Events

The Never Been to Me Tour at Colgate University
Krystal Krunch

  • Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
    Zen Den
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  • Wednesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m.
    Clifford Gallery
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Computing With the Dead: Transmissions With the Inventor
Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain

  • Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m.
    Merrill House
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I’d Rather Listen to a Bad Song
Adam Goldman ’94

  • Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m.
    Homecoming tailgate, Andy Kerr Stadium
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  • Monday, September 21 throughout the day
    Hamilton Center for the Arts
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  • Tuesday, September 22 at 4:15 p.m.
    Colgate Center for Women’s Studies
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  • Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
    Trivia Night at the Colgate Inn
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Lecture: Adam Goldman ’94

  • Wednesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.
    Golden Auditorium
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Poetry, Wit, and Wisdom: Taking the Pulse of Hamilton
Cliff Hengst

  • Monday, September 28 – Saturday, October 3
    Hamilton Center for the Arts
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Notes for Hamilton
Mercedes Teixido

  • Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Colgate Campus
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Lecture: Carmina Escobar with Chris Kallmyer

  • Wednesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.
    Golden Auditorium
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Archive of Regional Raking
Chris Kallmyer

Performance in collaboration with Colgate Students

  • Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m.
    100 Broad Street
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Imenso Massagem Sonora
Carmina Escobar

  • Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30, ongoing
    Hamilton Center for the Arts
  • Thursday, October 29, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Colgate Center for Women’s Studies

Lecture: Hanna van der Kolk

  • Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m.
    Golden Auditorium
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Spaces Between Us/The In-between Spaces

Hana van der Kolk

Performances:

  • Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.
    Colgate Campus
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  • Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
    Colgate Campus
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Open Archive, Hamilton NY

Kamau Patton

  • Tuesday, November 10 – Saturday, November 14, ongoing
    Hamilton Center for the Arts
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Objects for Perfect Strangers

Michael O’Malley

  • Wednesday, September 9 – Friday, November 13, ongoing
    Clifford Gallery
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