“Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine.”
These Pink Floyd lyrics, blasting from a car stereo, would normally remind the listener of his/her place within an all-seeing, ironclad system. They point to the dilution of creativity and the triumph of human greed. An artist's death sentence.
But Dana Owens isn't your typical listener. For him, those words provided the moniker for a project that is changing the cultural landscape of Lark Street. In 2013, Owens co-founded the Machine: A Creative Co-op with Kateryne Lora and Mic DeBellis, two fellow graduates of the SUNY Albany arts program. It's a working studio that welcomes people to witness the creative process—and take part in it