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Machine Dazzle © Amy Touchette

Machine Dazzle

Machine Dazzle has been dazzling stages via costumes, sets, and performance since his arrival in New York in 1994. Credits include Julie Atlas Muz’s “I Am The Moon And You Are The Man On Me” (2004), Big Art Group’s “House Of No More” (2006), Justin Vivian Bond’s “Lustre” (2008), Taylor Mac’s “The Lily’s Revenge” (2009), Justin Vivian Bond’s “Re:Galli Blonde” (2011), Taylor Mac’s “Walk Across America For Mother Earth” (2012), Chris Tanner’s “Football Head” (2014), Soomi Kim’s “Change” (2015), Pig Iron Theater’s “I Promised Myself To Live Faster” (2015), Bombay Rickey Prototype Festival (2016), Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (2016–present), Opera Philadelphia’s “Dito and Aeneus” (2017), Spiegleworld’s “Opium” (Las Vegas 2018) … Machine has created bespoke looks for fashion icons including designer Diane von Furstenberg and model Cara Delevingne for the 2019 Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. Recent collaborations include “Bassline Fabulous” with the Catalyst Quartet (Metropolitan Museum of Art); “Treasure”, a rock-and-roll cabaret of original songs and accompanying fashion show; and the historic premiere of the never-before-seen Rameau comedic opéra-ballet, “Io” (Opera Lafayette). Beware!!!! Conceptualist-as-artist meets DIY meets “glitter rhymes with litter,” Machine was a co-recipient the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design and the winner of a 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award. He a 2022 United States Artists Fellow. Dazzle delivered a TED Talk at TED Vancouver in 2023. He has had solo exhibitions at NYC’s Museum of Arts and Design (“Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle”) and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre (“Machine Dazzle: Art And Intention”).

As of: February 2024

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