What’s Happening at Automata this Saturday?

Ever heard of Automata? If not, take note, because this important non-profit arts organization curates a wide range of programs that “seek to radically redefine and re-contextualize the notion of object performance, locating it at the intersection of contemporary performance, media, visual art, sound art and experimental writing.”

This weekend Automata has scheduled three different programs that really piqued my interest. If you are looking for something to do this weekend that is a little out of the ordinary, consider one or more of these events.

Hear, Hear and Hear


A unique evening of adventurous music by five master improvisers.

Using found objects, toys, voice, and traditional instruments, these five idiosyncratic master musicians create an experience of “spontaneous music-making at it’s most free-range, spirited and delightful.”  (Open Gate)

The performances at Automata are in celebration of the quintet’s new CD: Here, Here, and Here.


  • Anna Homler – voice, toys and objects
  • Jeff Kaiser – trumpet
  • Michael Vlatkovich – trombone
  • Scott Walton – acoustic bass
  • Rich West – percussion


When: July 26, 2014 at 8 pm and 10 pm

Where: at Automata, located at 504 Chung King Court Los Angeles, CA

Tickets: Available online
$12 General Admission / $10 Members, Students, Seniors

Learn More: Visit the Automata calendar


Susan Simpson performs Augustine September: Artist in Residence


Augustine September will be Automata’s micro-resident artist throughout the summer. Because she is small in stature they are able to offer her a complete live/work space in Kiosk #7.

Augustine September is a painter, writer and multimedia performer. Her practice encompasses costume creation, dance and small-scale paintings done as a medium for personal communication with individual audience members. During her residency, Augustine September will develop an epic narrative around an embattled menagerie of animal, human and supernatural beings that she will both embody and depict.

Augustine is accepting objects and materials to re-purpose for the costumes and props for her performances. Consider bringing her an offering.


Saturday July 26th, 2014 from 7-10 pm
and throughout the summer on Saturdays. Additional dates and times coming soon.

Where: The Far East Plaza (727 N. Broadway) runs in between Hill and Broadway on the South end of Chinatown. Kiosk #7 lies right outside Chego and Scoops!

Learn More: Visit the Automata calendar


Gina Marie Napolitan | The Early Museum (East Wing)

An Installation with Periodic PerformanceGinaMarieNapolitan_EarlyMuseum

The Early Museum (East Wing) is a multi-part installation that organizes household relics, 35mm slides, 16mm film, and scraps of found footage into a series of ghostly–but grossly inaccurate–historical anecdotes. As viewers wander between stations, the silence of the space is periodically broken (every half-hour, on the half-hour) by stories and music performed by the museum docent.


When: Window Installation on Saturday, July 26, during Perform Chinatown
Full installation August 1-3, 2014 between 7 to 10 pm

Where: Automata, located at 504 Chung King Court Los Angeles, CA.  Main gallery space, as well as the storefront windows.

Cost: Free Admission.  Enter any time.