MICHAEL ALLEN

Los Angeles - Artist / Projectionist / Creative Editor


Since 1995, Michael has been creating projected environments for bands, art

galleries, and clubs from coast to coast.  He uses 16mm projectors, slides, video projectors, mixers, and VJ software as well as custom screens and found footage from his massive collection of content to build and manipulate visual installations that tantilize the eyes - as well as the mind.

 

Michael developes ideas and concepts (see link:  THE EYEONASPHERE,

MIND MIDI, etc.), which he uses as his medium - expressing himself creatively through technological innovation.

 

Other projects include a novel (2007 - see link:  JUNE YUER, AND OUR EARTH WILL OUTSHINE THE SUN),  residencies at popular Hollywood nightclubs, touring, and the performing (VJing) at some of the biggest music and art festivals in the world (see listings below).      

 

Following this brief introduction is an article that Michael was featured in from the LA Times (2003), as well as a list of the equipment used and some of the many clients / job experiences he has had over the years.

 

 

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EQUIPMENT

LIGHTING

Chamsys MagicQ Lighting Console  -  DMX  -  LED strips/controllers

PROJECTORS

16mm (X4) - 35mm Slides (X5) - 2,500 Lumen Video (X9) - 6,500 Lumen (X2) - Overhead Projector

TVs

40 Tube Sets (12 inches +) - 9 CRT Monitor Video Wall (w/ Matrix processor)

MIXERS

Roland V4EX - Roland V-4 - Panasonic MX-12

PLAYERS

Panasonic DVDJ-X1 - various dvd / digital players

SOFTWARE

Mad Mapper - Modul8 - Resolume - Final Cut Pro - iMovie - VDMX

CONTENT

16mm Film Collection (over 2000 Films) - DVD Collection - Youtube/Vimeo - IPAD - HD camera

 

 

EXPERIENCE

 

CLUBS / RESIDENCIES

Dirty Laundy, Hollywood (Current)  -  Funky Sole (Los Angeles, current)  -  Standard Rooftop (Lil Death, VJ - Downtown LA)  -  Dim Mak Studios - Room 86 - Avalon Hollywood (Control Fridays) - Supperclub - Lure - Club Los Globos - Cinespace - Star Shoes, and more

 

BANDS / TOURS

 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Cameras, Projections, LD)  -  Warpaint (LD - 2014-2015) - The Polyphonic Spree (2007 to 2015) - Bizarre Ride Live (with members of the Pharcyde - present) - BFG Communications (Philip Morris, touring projection exhibition, 2004 to 2007) - Bowling For Soup (European Tours, 2008 to 2011) - Zebrahead (Japan Tour, 2011 - Digable Planets (2007 / 2008) - Tripping Daisy (North American Tours from 1997 to 1999)

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

KCRW, Sound Focus Series (Annenburg Space, VJ - 2015)  -  TV Walls / AV Installation (Programming and Management, Breakroom 86, Los Angeles)  -  LACMA (Engine Theater - 2011) - MOCA (Art In The Streets, 2011) - 2010 Grammy Awards Show (RGB Lights, Staples Center - w/ Maxwell) - Pravda at Disney Concert Hall (2007) - Sock Monkey Art Gallery (owned and operated, 1998/1999)

 

FESTIVALS

Sunset Strip Music Festival (2012 / 2013) -  Lucidity Festival (2014)  -  Burningman (2000 - Present) - HARD New Years Eve (2008) - Sunset Junction (2007) - Coachella Music and Arts Festival (2007 to 2015) - Rock The Bells (Guerrilla Union, 2005 to 2007) - Paid Dues (Guerrilla Union, 2005 to 2007) - Electric Daisy Carnival (vj - 2005 to 2012, Art Crew - 2014 and 2015)  

 

EXPERIENCE

THROUGH ART, HUMAN PRAYER BECOMES VISIBLE.  I'M IN WITH THE OUT CROWD, AND IT'S AUDIORABLE.  IT'S JUST HOW IT IS WHEN YOU'RE LIVING AN ABSTRACT LIFE.  THE PSUPERPSYCHEDELICS CAN STRAIN THE BRAIN.  ANTICIPATING A DESTINY OF DOOM...  GET OUT OF MY TOYBOX.  THIS PROJECTICON IS SOME SERIOUSLY ZANY STUFF.  FROM CLOUD 1 TO CLOUD 10 IN AN INSTANT - I DO HAVE HOPE.  I DO HAVE A CEREBRAL YEARNING FOR SOMETHING ELSE...  SOMETHING MUCH BETTER THAN THIS.  TAKIN' TRIPS TO TELEZONIA TO EXPERIENCE A VIRTUE ALL REALITY.  MY EIDETICS ARE FAILING ME.  WE ARE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD.  I'LL TRAVEL BEYOND THE SUN AND GUSH + SIGNS...  I SQUOZE IT.  IT WAS SCICHEDELIC.  SO PLUG IN THE POWERSTRIP!  OUR VISION IS CLOUDED BECAUSE OF THE GRAND MISCONCEPTION OF GOD.  

IT'S GOOD TO BE PLEASANTLY DIMENTED.  PLEASE, PRAY FOR MY ART.

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