Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a place for artists to do fun experiments, together with the public, in ways that influence culture. Machine Project supports collaborative and interdisciplinary artistic practices that broaden the audience for innovative, experimental contemporary art and remove traditional barriers to participation. Under his direction Machine has produced shows with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Walker Museum in Minneapolis and the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has produced over 1000 events in Los Angeles at the Machine Project storefront space.