by Alice Parman
The session on “Design for Participation” was full of great ideas. The Machine Project capped it off with their uniquely original slide presentation, narrated by a singer/songwriter [Emily Lacy] who accompanied herself on the banjo. Her song had many verses and was often hilarious. I would consider moving to Los Angeles to participate in events organized by the Machine Project. For example, Building Rome, a 24-hour session at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Participants made scale models of ancient Roman buildings in a gallery of antiquities, building Rome in a day. Then they became Visigoths and sacked the city in (if memory serves) 27 seconds. I took fairly complete notes during insightful presentations by Dan Spock, Kathy McLean, panel chair Nina Simon, and Kris Morrisey. But multi-sensory impressions of “the banjo incident” will linger longest in my subconscious.