September 22 - October 2, 2016

Automata joins Bootleg Theater, Union Station, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, The Springs and other locations in hosting a two-week celebration of new, experimental and experiential live arts.


Brian Getnick / Moonchops

Evoking a moonlit forest, MOONCHOPS draws its performative and visual materials from Brian Getnick’s body of writing about a rural town and its inhabitants, living and dead. In this concrete fantasy for the theater, Getnick inhabits a succession of characters who lead viewers deeper and deeper into the winter woods, toward the heart of his story.

PERFORMANCES: 9/22, 9/23, 9/24


WHYTEBERG / as occurred, as recalled

Choreographers Gracie Whyte and Laura Berg generate a new work for the LAX Festival. AS OCCURRED, AS RECALLED explores visceral memories and personal reflections of perception. Audiences move through a series of solos and duets, revealing how repeatedly revisited memories can become obscured from reality—and memory can prove malleable.

PERFORMANCES: 9/25, 9/26


John Eagle, Janie Geiser, Cassia Streb / Sound House

SOUND HOUSE is a performance/installation centered on a series of tasks that shape the sound in the room, enacted by a group of eight artist/performers who manipulate objects, controllers, microphones, speakers, walls and wooden puppets. Specific and interdependent, their actions emerge from a variety of sources—including the history of the Minuteman Missile project, bricklaying, time and its measurement, and more.

PERFORMANCES: 10/1, 10/2


Ongoing at Automata


Ghost Algebra (Peephole Edition), Janie Geiser (2016/2009)
Inconsolable Objects, Susan Simpson (2016)

Peephole Cinema LA is part of a “miniature cinema" project created by Brooklyn-based artist Laurie O’Brien, with satellite projects in three cities: San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Peephole Cinema at Automata was developed in collaboration with LA-based filmmaker and scholar Allison de Fren, and opened in 2014. It is located in the alley behind Automata, to the left of our back door, between North Hill Street and Chung King Road.