March 19, 2016


Chinatown, Downtown LA

Bruce stands guard...Meanwhile a block away, a construction crew member pulls some Shaolin moves of his own climbing a very precarious looking ladder, zip tying a Shaolin Festival banner to some scaffolding.

Chinatown, Downtown LA

March 14, 2016

Spring turnaround. Heading north on Los Robles. San Marino, CA

February 29, 2016


Back at Fotokem checking on titles and test film. The ol' Bolex works after all (yay!) and so did the 15 year old roll of Kodak film.

February 14, 2016

#meowieditions

Oddly missing (in my opinion) from this year's LA Art Book Fair ...more cat art and David Bowie.

Seen taped up on a door at this year's LA Art Book Fair by Printed Matter. Brooklyn #1! Artist unknown but appreciated.

February 10, 2016

Losar 2016, Rime Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center

February 2, 2016

Mission heading towards Cesar Chavez


January 14, 2016

Vajrayogini by enlightened numbers #enlightenedmath

January 11, 2016


16mm movie title making magic with Oxberry smooth operator extraordinaire Margo Victor





January 10, 2016

村上春樹作 ふしぎな図書館 / From Haruki Murakami's Stange Library

Not always to China...


January 9, 2016


A lightbox, field guide, peg bar, kodalith, acme hole punched cells, acme hole punched exeter paper, masking tape and an exacto knife. These are all the ingredients needed to "strip up" and  create the title cards that contain the credit info that will run at the end of my 16mm film The Soroban and the Abacus.  Once each title card is created, each card will be shot on 16mm film on an Oxberry. What I am grateful for in this process is the amount of resources I am pooling from different filmmakers to make this happen. Even though there is always talk of the impending demise of celluloid, there are filmmakers who are spending their time furiously shooting film projects and finishing in film, as much as they can, while they can. Thank you Kate Brown and thank you Margo Victor for being such forces for film goodness and sustenance. #shootfilmdontkillit


January 3, 2016

Coachella Valley Preserve, CA

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE (FIRE) MONKEY!!!
明けましておめでとうございます。
今年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
¡Feliz año nuevo!
~LOSAR LA TASHI DELEK~

December 29, 2015

Home security, El Sereno

December 14, 2015

The Utility Box Art Project - Desert Hot Springs edition 

I saw this spectacular Utility Box Art just off of Palm Drive and Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs.  As an artist who has made a Utility Box Art project themselves (in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles), I must admit that the most energized and also least graffittied utility box projects I've seen have all been ones that were painted directly onto the utility box. One weekend, it seemed that boxes all over South Pasadena were being painted the same day by different artists, and it was encouraging to see people stopping by to talk with the artists, and drivers smiling on to see artists in their community at work. As wonderful as some of the non-painted, vinyl decal covered utility box projects have been, they tend to look like ads and get graffitied up pronto. In its early stages the graffitti on my own utility box was welcomed, but once the flood gates were opened, it just looked trashed. The painted boxes, however, seem to stay either completely untouched, or for the most part, minimally tagged. In my opinion the Utility Box Art Project is a worthy civic project, but definitely better suited for painted projects rather than vinyl decals.




Film poster for Kate Brown's 16mm film Vilas Kortas was unveiled at the film's recent screening in Long Beach at the Print Making Collective's studio. The poster print was designed and created by Kate in collaboration with the Collective. Notice the 3 color stripes? They are Kate's ode to the late great Colby Printing's rainbow stripe posters : D

November 16, 2015


AFTER: 6 months of planning, designing and creating,  6 more months of being in the limelight, and then in just under an hour, neatly packed back in a box and stored next to the suitcases in the garage. Ah the cycle of an artist's life and making objects.


BEFORE: "Invisible Kitchen" installed at the "To Live and Dine in L.A." exhibition at the LA Public Library




November 3, 2015

On the Readers Chorus boards last night.
Members rehearsing "Readers Rajio Taiso/Readers Radio Calisthenics"
From left to right: Samantha Hopkins, Luke Martin, Davy Sumner, Kate Brown, Lyman Chaffee, Tim Tsang, Christine Tavalocci, Jen Hutton, and Laura Steeneberge. Not pictured, Susan Simpson supervising movement, and yours truly in the conductor's chair.
Apartment 9...?
I guess that's another way to do it....

November 2, 2015


Cat and panda bags sewn for German nose whistles, known as "Bocarinas" (ha!) used in Sara Roberts' Readers Chorus piece "Amergin"

October 27, 2015

Readers Chorus Readers: (L to R) Heather Lockie, Tuni Chatterji, Eric Heep and Luke Martin


Toyotas, Hondas, weddings, funerals, and German nose whistles....Readers Chorus Monday rehearsal for our 11/13 and 11/14 shows at AutomataSusan Simpson drops in with Readers Chorus wardrobe ideas. We're working on 12 new pieces for the show. Readers Chorus is reaching critical mass in people and in scores!

October 24, 2015

Día de los Muertos

José Esteban Muñoz 1967-2013 

October 20, 2015


Rehearsals have begun in earnest for the Readers Chorus performances at Automata on November 13-14. Opera singer, vocal researcher, artist, general awesomeness, Miss. Juliana Snapper stopped by and took the chorus through some warm ups. "It sounds awful, but it's going to be ok." Words of encouragement. Indeed, we shall be ok!


October 15, 2015

Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project
After a whirlwind two week residency at Skidmore College and the Tang Museum, the 23 members of Liz Macy's Gamelan class joined forces with the 5 members of the readers chorus workshop sessions to form TANG READERS CHORUS!!! We performed a program of 6 pieces, 4 of them brand new pieces written by students and 2 from Readers Chorus LA. 

Fall had arrived, and on this chilly night, we began the program outside with a brand new piece called "Politeness Counts," which was performed right next to its namesake- a shopping bag sculpture by Jonathan Seliger.

Ian Byers-Gamber / Machine Project
THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in Tang Readers Chorus and to everyone who came out to watch us perform. It was a whole lot of fun and I hope that a Readers Chorus might continue at Skidmore!!!

October 11, 2015

Silver City, NM. Home of og Mexican silver coins and to one of the longest running copper mines in the world.


As triple digit temps continue in Socal, thinking back on the crisp cool days of just a week ago in Saratoga Springs, NY....

September 20, 2015

Machine Project restrospective installation at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College

First "Tang Readers Chorus" workshop tomorrow. Gulp. Looking forward to it!!


September 15, 2015

On Armstrong Road in Hamilton, NY

Big skies, green for as far as the eye can see and tampon shaped silos...oh and fresh, fresh air.

September 13, 2015

Fallen fruit (East Coast style?)

This is probably by no means an East Coast phenomenon, but while walking down Armstrong Road in Hamilton, (Upstate) New York, I came upon this vision of fallen fruit in water, a first for me. Apple trees lined a small river  (creek? canal?) that ran alongside the road, and as the crispy wind (the summer "weather has broken" - also a first in hearing this expression) rustled the branches, small apples dropped into the river with small "bloop bloop" sounds.




September 3, 2015


As part of Machine Project's collaboration with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and the Saratoga Springs community (NY), I'll be a Reader's Chorus ambassador at the Tang for 2 weeks in September where we'll be practicing a few LA Reader's Chorus scores and creating new pieces, all to be performed at the Tang Museum on Thursday, October 1 at 8pm. Above is a screenshot of the blogspot that has been created for the project.

Krystal Krunch (the artist intuitive duo of Asher Hartman + Haruko Tanaka) will also be in residence, leading intuitive workshops and intuitively reading exhibitions!

September 1, 2015

Readers Chorus 08/31



August 25, 2015

Readers Chorus Development Team for Monday, August 24, 2015: Jordan Biren, Tuni Chatterji, Heather Lockie and Sara Roberts

August 24, 2015

9024 Lindblade St, Culver City, CA 90232
Getting ready to shoot title credits, on film (16mm), for The Soroban and the Present. Black exeter paper, field guide, peg bar, were all purchased at Cartoon Colour Company in Culver City. Thank you for still being around!!

A "how to" tutorial video will be posted here soon. #shootfilmdontkillit #16mmfilmtitles


August 6, 2015



A recording of Readers Chorus (just like it sounds: a group of people, reading out loud together in an organized performance) test driving "Readers Rajio Taiso." Thanks to Tuni Chatterji for recording on her phone, and for Tunes, Jordan Biren and Kate Brown for helping with really on point arrangement revisions. "Readers Rajio Taiso" is ready to go!!!

August 4, 2015

My favorite part about heading to Readers Chorus practice on Monday nights...

July 30, 2015


On a 16mm roll since last Saturday's Bolex/Pinhole workshop so it's a good day to try and finish a film. Reshooting titles for "The Soroban and The Present." If anyone (is reading this...and) would like to watch a work print telecine edit version of the film, please get in touch, I can email you a vimeo link + password : D  I would LOVE for you to see it! #shootfilmdontkillit #bolex #16mm #experimentalfilm #echoparkfilmcenter baybee!


July 28, 2015

Pinholed Bolex. 

This past Saturday at the Echo Park Film Center, with the Iris Film Collective from Vancouver, Canada. We pinholed the bolexes, shot in Echo Park, hand processes the film, and had a screening, all in one afternoon. That's the Echo Park Film Center for you! Getting right to it! See all the photos here.

July 21, 2015

Cork warm up

Another Monday night at Readers Chorus. Corks, balloons, and a hamburger shaped score by Jordan Biren (see below : ) ) We also test drove a new piece I wrote "Readers Rajio Taiso or Readers Radio Calisthenics." It is the prequel to "Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to get sushi."

 

July 20, 2015


The walking trio of Kate Brown (capt.), Sara Roberts, and yours truly hit the road again. BEL AIR TO (ALMOST) DEL AIRE (right behind LAX) in thunder and pouring rain. Despite having to throw in the towel two thirds of the way (Jefferson Blvd does not let pedestrians cross over from Culver City towards LAX) my dogs are still barkin'...



July 14, 2015



New terms developed at our Monday evening Readers Chorus meeting. "Allegro Chillaxo" and "Allegro Relaxo" - read super fast but with zero urgency. Awesome combo.


July 7, 2015

1st Street Viaduct

July 3, 2015

#furryfriendfriday #sigh

June 18, 2015

(Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP) Library Foundation Prez Ken Brecher (left) and author/curator Josh Kun (right) sitting at "Invisible Kitchen."
"To Live and Dine in L.A." is open now through November 13, 2015.

The exhibition is located in the Getty Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Central L.A. Public Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

Address: 630 W. 5th St, Downtown L.A. 90012
Parking: Enter on Flower at 524 S. Flower. $ w/ validation $1/up to 1hr, $5/up to 2hrs, $9/up to 3hrs
Public transportation: Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo @ 7th St/Metro Ctr.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-8; Fri/Sat 9:30-5:30; Sun 1-5


June 17, 2015

Tee swatch
Somewhere out there is an itsy bitsy baby tee shirt die cut machine....

I have a feeling some part of this will make its way into a work one of these days...