Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival
at Automata

September 27th - October 28th

October 19 - October 28th, 2018

Susan Simpson

A Machine for Living

A science fiction about enlightened aliens, botanical intimacy and the end of the body as we know it

A Machine for Living is a queer, sci-fi thriller. A Southern California artist absorbs errant extraterrestrial DNA and slowly evolves into highly advanced alien other. As she receives revelations from a distant planet her body transforms. She finds herself capable of a supernatural botanical reproduction that could transform the human race. Pursued as a biological terrorist she must decide her next steps.

Live cinema, created with puppets and handmade special effects.

“an eerie, captivating tale combining classic L.A. noir with freaky botany-based sci-fi……. part outsider theater, part live cinema, and fully mind-boggling” —LA Magazine

Writer and Director Susan Simpson Video Design: Ting Zhang
Sound Design: Jesse Mandapat
Lighting Design: Moira MacDonald
Set and Puppet: Design Susan Simpson
Puppeteers: Molly Allis and Moira MacDonald.

Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 27 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:00 pm


Ongoing at Automata


Nancy Andrews, Gina Marie Napolitan

Tucked in an alley off Chung King Road, the Peephole Cinema, a 24/7 public screening site, offers hidden visual pleasures for those wandering the Chinatown arts district of Los Angeles. The current program of films is curated by Automata Co-Artistic Directors Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson and features works by NANCY ANDREWS and GINA MARIE NAPOLITAN. Both artists are known for their innovative experimental films and film-based performances..