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.


birdy-600x303The Gamble Birdhouse Workshop with Scout Regalia
Sunday, September 28th from 11am – 2pm
on The Gamble House Back Lawn 

Workshop participants build their own edible birdhouse inspired by the architectural elements and detailing of the Gamble House with nuts, seeds, bird feed brittle, and other aviary accommodating accoutrements.
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$25 for Machine Project Members and FoGH // $35 for General Public

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annunciatorAnnunciator Workshop with Raphael Arar & Chris Weisbart
Sunday, September 28th from 2pm – 5pm
in The Gamble House Basement 

Participants learn how primitive concepts of wireless technology paved the way for modern technologies, such as WiFi signals, by studying Gamble House examples. After touring the house and exploring the Gamble House’s Annunciator, participants build their own doorbell complete with electromagnetic circuit.
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$60 for Machine Project Members and FoGH// $70 for General Public

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teaparty-600x376Afternoon Tea with The Women of the Gamble House
Sunday, September 28th from 3pm – 6pm
on the Rear Terrace

The Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) presents an Afternoon Tea hosted by Pasadenans of 1909. Featuring light musical entertainment and a presentation of the history of Women’s Organizations in Southern California, early twentieth-century female household staff will serve iced tea and snacks based on Gamble-family recipes. A special tour focuses on womens’ spaces and work by female artisans.
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