Project Description Involvement Status
Paranoid Machines

Performances and Media Objects
Information Technology has always been paranoid Instatiation by Jason Brown
Swap Meet

Swap Meet

Event Series

Piracy, Karaoke, Conviviality. A semi-monthly celebration of face-to-face cultural exchange.

presented at Betalevel by Superbunker and the Royal Academy of Nuts and Bolts. Active
5th of Saint Robot

5th of Saint Robot

Event – robot fight

Robot Fight! Robot Fight! Fight to Win! Win to Fight! Kill the Robot!

produced by the Saint George Focus Group SuperDuper
Giant Ouija

Giant Ouija, for REALS


A for reals Giant Ouja Board embedded into the infrastructure of Betalevel

produced by Giant Ouija Implementation Sub-Committee, under janitorial direction Occasional
Ambient Haircut

Ambient Haircut

Event Series

Free haircuts by top notch stylists with live ambient music

produced by Ambient Force 3000 and “top notch stylists” (rotating) in various venues Occasional
i feel better when i type to you

i feel better - cover thumbnail


The search queries of AOL user 23187425 from May 2006.

User 23187425 Published 2006.09


Research Unit – sociocultural

The Cultural Output Leader

produced by BlebNet Dormant, awaiting the Final Bubble
Trepan 5

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Journal of experimental and hybrid literature.

co-edited by Mathew Timmons Published 2006.10



Part studio, part clubhouse, part stage, and part screen; Betalevel is located in a basement in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

independently curated by the Council, loosely managed by the Janitor Active

teh rBecky

Research Unit – philosophical/cybernetic

Dynamic political philosopher, dedicated coffee drinker, emergent meta-organism.

t3h rBecky bOt ArRaY Active
Fantastic Freedom Institute


Research Unit – political philosophy

Nonpartisan membership organization and research center investigating Freedom. “Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.”

produced by the Freedom Fellows Active
Machine Poetics

Machine Poetics logo

Research Unit – linguistic

Resources, project hub and archive, investigating the poetics of electro-mechanical systems.

co-curated by Braxton Soderman Quietly decaying, as all text does.

teh lubberShip

Research Unit – linguistic/socioeconomic

Investigating mutifarious combinations of love, piracy and fine literature

Wiki, maintained by Jason Brown. Original content stolen from DinnerNet (RIP) Active, somewhat
Donkey Timeline

It's Donkey Time!

Research Project – historiography

Progression of the official Donkey Kong high score, prompted by conflicting narratives around the documentary King of Kong.

Jason Brown Active, but resting

Obscurantist logo

Research Unit – paranoia

Historiography, symptomology and mnemotechnics.

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Southern California Institute for the Study of Southern California Institutes

Research Unit

Southern California Institute for the Study of Southern California Institutes

Wiki, maintained by Jason Brown Active, but sleepy


Event Series and Archive

Interviews with poets and writers in Los Angeles.

presented at Betalevel, produced by Mathew Timmons and Stephanie Rioux Hiatus Extreme
Thought Bunker

Thought Bunker icon

Event – literary battle

Fight with words! Live nude brain!

presented at Betalevel Event 2007.06.09 / 2006.12.02

Dork Squares

Event – culinary battle

Cook delicious food with a single 100 watt light bulb

presented at Machine Project, with Make Magazine Event 2007.02.03

Control Ops Movie Beep Boop!

Media Seminar

Cybernetic cinema series

produced by d. g. eng and Heather Miles. Hiatus Extreme – you couldn’t handle the truth
Wasp and Orchid

Wasp and Orchid

Media Seminar

Martial arts cinema choreography seminar

presented at Betalevel, curated by d. g. eng. Hiatus
Zombie vs Vampire
Event – literary battle

Rhetorical Undead Smackdown!

presented at Betalevel Event 2005.05.13


Events / Exhibitions / Archive

Textual machine collaborations, art exhibit, symposium

presented at Machine Project and the CalArts Critical Studies Cube Events 2004.03