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.

Join Machine Project and the Gamble House on October 5th for a special family day, free to kids 17 and under. 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. 

Sara Roberts
The Hand is the Window onto the Mind
Sunday, October 5th from 12pm – 1pm
in The Gamble House

The soft sounds of the B&W Readers Chorus travel throughout the Gamble House, while choreographed readings and repeated body movements in each room explore how the human hand and mind interface in the making process.
Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Sign up for tour here
Free for Kids 17 & Under

Paul Fraser
Group Naps
Sunday, October 5th from 12pm – 4pm
on Aunt Julia’s Sleeping Porch at The Gamble House

Group naps with musical accompaniment.
Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Sign up for tour here
Free for Kids 17 & Under

Drawing With Ghosts
Sunday, October 5th from 2pm – 4pm
in The Gamble House Attic // 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

In this event, the Gamble House’s ghosts (may) express themselves to the living world through drawing machines and tools created by the drawing team: Emily Luce, Gail Swanlund, Anita Cooney, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Arzu Ozkal, and JeanAnn Guette.
Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Sign up for tour here
Free for Kids 17 & Under


Rafa Esparza
Sunday, October 5th from 12pm – 1pm
on the Rear Terrace

In a durational work engaging the body with a nearby hill, Rafa will slide down and climb up the hill continuously both altering the natural landscape and exacting his movement through repetition. The work will be visible only on the Rear Terrace via telescope.


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

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

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

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


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