AxS Festival 2014 | CURIOSITY has commissioned the fascinating LA-based arts collective Machine Project to re-imagine a quintessential Pasadena landmark — the Greene and Greene Arts and Crafts masterpiece — The Gamble House.

For The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House, Machine Project founder and artistic director Mark Allen has orchestrated a diverse group of Los Angeles artists to create new works exploring, celebrating, and dramatizing the curious architectural icon.

Over the course of the two-week AxS Festival, the history, aesthetic and craftsmanship of The Gamble House will be subtly transformed and revealed through experimental tours, participatory nap concerts, a tableau vivant, puppets, dance, seances, videos, inflatable sculptures, joinery-specific lawn furniture, and a secret Swedish-Japanese fusion restaurant and more.

In addition to Machine Project’s daily programming that visitors will experience on regular Gamble House tours throughout AxS Festival , a centerpiece of the Field Guide project will be an all-day series of performances on the grounds and interior of the property. All events on exterior of house are free of charge, no reservations required.

Raphael Arar & Chris Weisbart
Projected Shadows Video Installation
Saturday, September 27th & Thursday, October 2nd from 8pm – 10pm
on The Gamble House Exterior

This nighttime installation transforms the Gamble House’s exterior through video projected on various surfaces, mimicking the interior’s bas-relief wood carvings.



Intermittent throughout the day

Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Necessary Interruption
Location: Various Rooms
Wherein the same performer, using a glass and fork, interrupts groups of people in and around the space with a partly written/partly improvised text.

Milka Djordjevich
MASS (at home)
Location: Various Rooms
In this ambulatory dance, dancers become sculptures that move through the house and evolve over time. Oscillating between action and inaction, the dancers’ bodies evoke shape, architecture, landscape, matter, machine, animal, robot, and alien.

Machine Project
Poets in Closets
Location: Guest Bedroom Closet
Poets read a single poem to one audience member at a time in the Gamble House’s walk-in closet.


Special Machine Project Open House festival hours with free admission for performances and installations:

Open House: Saturday, September 27: 12pm – 10pm

Open House: Thursday October 2: 8pm – 10pm

Family Day: Sunday October 5: Noon-4pm (free to kids 17 and under) 


Check back in September for a full daily schedule of events.