To do in LA this weekend: Speed Cabling, Knight Death Animations

Attention: LA peeps! Earlier this week, Mark posted about the Maker Faire tryouts taking place at Machine Project on Saturday. This will be fun, and you should attend!

But there are, in fact, even more events taking place at Machine Project this very weekend -- and I'll be there for all of them with the Boing Boing tv crew for an extended dance remix of hijinks with our trusty video cameras.

Mark Allen of Machine Project explains:

1. On Friday February 8th at 8pm, we’re hosting the first-ever competition for the new sport of Cabling (aka competitive cable untangling), founded by Steven Schkolne, and featuring interns in jumpsuits, a discussion of knot theory, three rounds of untangling various extension and A/V cords, and pretzels. Qualifying rounds will be two nights before on Wednesday, February 6th, from 8-11pm. If you’d like to try out for a spot in the competition, please email us at to schedule a time to come in on the 6th. We strongly encourage aspiring competitors to come up with intimidating Cabling nicknames for themselves.

2. We have negotiated the Mithril shipments needed for the armor for Brody Condon - Performance Modification (Nauman) that happens from 8-10pm Saturday February 9th. To recap - 10 performers outfitted in medieval/space/fantasy armor re-create Bruce Nauman’s 1973 work “Tony Sinking into the Floor, Face Up and Face Down”. Performed in slow motion and combined with movements based on computer game death animations, this piece is accompanied by a high volume binaural beats reputed to induce out of body experiences.


BB readers in LA, see you there, come join us for the Boing Boing tv taping! BB readers who are not in LA: we'll share it on BBtv soon.

(Image above: courtesy of Flickr user Clarkk / shot by Jonathan Arehart, via Cable Messes; below, courtesy Brody Condon.)