Category Archives: Events

Aperiodic Industries has hosted dozens of workshops and collaborative building events. Below are some of them. Please join our mailing list to learn more about what we are up to.

Learning The Ropes… 3

This Sunday, help choreograph the performance for the 2013 Ovation awards ceremony. For this, the 3rd workshop in the series,we will recap what we learned over the past month, develop computational and physical models for the final design, and build a full size prototype. So far we estimate 9000 feet of rope and about 254 knots!

Learning from the previous workshop’s prototypes we have decided to tie all the ropes on stage, which means there is an opportunity for crew to work on stage both creating the set and puppeteering it during the performance in 2 weeks.

We will use Grasshopper to compute the exact numbers including time to tie the knots and the amount of rope needed for each knot. No experience or previous attendance necessary. Just bring your curiosity! But if you have a windows laptop and want to join in please install Rhino3d and Grasshopped3d (free demos of each available online).

Those not interested in the computational elements of the project can focus on the design and construction of the lectern for the awards, a prefabricated metal structure which we will modify and customize to accentuate the feeling of the stage.

Please join in the fun by RSVP’ing to this email if you are interested.

Sunday, October 20, 7PM – 10PM: design installation

Saturday, November 2nd 10AM – 5PM (tentative) : Build installation NEWLY ADDED
Sunday, November 3rd 10AM- 5PM (tentative) : perform installation NEWLY ADDED

Aperiodic Industries (2558 N San Fernando Rd Suite B44 Los Angeles, California 90065)

ps: directly down the street from aperiodic is a place called concord which is having an interesting sounding workshop about drones which I will probably attend before the Learning the Ropes 3, check it out, you might like it.


Learning The Ropes… 2

Help design full scale prototypes for “Learning the Ropes” this sunday evening from 7-10pm.

Building pulleys and learning to tie lots of knots to design and build large scale kinetic rope structures will be the order of the evening.

Workshops began 2 sundays ago at Aperiodic Industries as participants learned about the fundamentals of rigging for stage with Andrew Valera developed multiple mechanical schemes. Come this Sunday as we recap what we learned and develop a full size prototype. No experience or previous attendance necessary. Just bring your curiosity!

To participate, reply to this email and RSVP. This is a free event, drinks and snacks to be served.



Project S’more Final Chapter

The final S’More workshops are this weekend at M&A. Help us assemble the final panels, shore up the foundation, and install the hardware. Come at noon on Saturday and Sunday then stick around for Campfire Sessions with Jessica Lee Williams, Sunday at 7:30!

Project S’more Chapter 8

Saturday and Sunday,
May 18th & 19th,
Materials and Applications Courtyard
Noon – 8pm

To get you up to speed: it’s a week before the opening, designer Edmund Kwong is on his way to M&A from NYC, and we are moving the workshops to meet him in the M&A courtyard and assemble the lower rings! This Saturday & Sunday we need all able bodies – you, your friends, your friends parents, etc – to jig, bolt, & glue to ∞ !  Luckily this week we made a few discoveries that will aid our efforts:


A change in the number of jigs used positively correlates with total jig output or jigitude! Based on this finding we’ll be busy all week laser cutting the panels for the bottom tiers and assembling more jigs to work with.


There is a similar relationship between the quantity of people jig and the rate of jigging output or jigosity. This needs to be verified at higher volumes. Please refer as as many other participants to Aperiodic Industries. Use persuasive reasoning, offer them incentives, whatever it takes

III. if (BEER + FOOD)  > # of PEOPLE,  then, PEOPLE-happy > PEOPLE-angry

If there is enough beer and food, the number of happy people tend to outweigh those that are angry. RSVP’s establish proper ratios between consumables and consumers. Ensure your portions by replying here!

Can wait to see you there!

Project S’more Chapter 3

This weekend join your favorite cast of characters, including a guest appearance from Edmund Kwong, designer of Project S’more visiting from New York City. We will be experimenting and building the next installation for the M&A courtyard, which opens on May 25th. So far we have begun to develop a system for a variable jig to laminate plywood strips to create the gridshell. We have looked at various software solutions to analyze the individual strips and we have discussed the structural engineering extensively to discover the proper thickness for each ring of wood. We still need to create the foundation, seating elements, fire pit, and manufacturing process for the framing. If this sounds like something you want to learn or help out on, please contact us, all are welcome, and it would not be possible without the participation of each and every co-worker.
Aperiodic Industries is currently located at 2558 N San Fernando Rd Los Angeles CA 90065 near the crossing of the 5 and the 2 in Glassell Park.

Please rsvp if you can come, drinks and snacks will be served. I’m looking forward to seeing you all here for another exciting build.