WONDER MACHINE is a present day proto-cinematic event, marrying two paramounts of moving image history—the zoetrope and the drive-in movie theatre —in an all but abandoned sub-development in Belen, New Mexico.
Visitors are asked to park around the edge of the WONDER MACHINE, lights engaged and pointed inward to illuminate the contraption. Spectators become activators, as they are the ones who rotate the machine; human strength is translated into centripetal force. The viewer is implicated via shadow, brawn and volunteering their vehicle.
Friday, October 18, 2013 - installation on view during the day and into the night*
Belen, New Mexico (coordinates: 34.559271, -106.553918)
Directions: Take NM 47 southeast from Belen. From Hwy 47, turn onto Manzanita Rd (you will drive through a "Tierra Grande" gate and cattle guard--if you see a house with a Batman logo on the garage, you're going the right way. Drive 4.3 miles on Manzanita--you will hit an unmarked intersection--turn left here (unmarked Military Road). Drive 1.3 miles until you reach a big curve to the left. Pull over and park to the right.
*Due to the remote nature of this site, we recommend you arrive before sunset. (There will also be a caravan heading to the site after dark from the town of Belen, if you'd like to follow someone to the site–please meet at the Conoco Gas Station/Ali's Mini Mart at the Junction of Hwy 309 and 47 in Belen at 7 pm.)
Visitors are welcome to camp out overnight at this site--campers, please bring your own water, food, camping gear, and other provisions. (High Desert Mink Hole is also onsite, with a performance at 8 pm)