The Vinyl Church is an immersive, interactive, community-based installation in Lancaster, PA. Located at the experimental art studio, Modern Art, and composed of thousands of long playing records and a boutique sound system, the Vinyl Church welcomes all to experience the vibrations of our mechanical surround. As the public-facing home for season 1 of Machines in Between, the Vinyl Church further models the future of public humanities.
Consisting of an extensive archive of wall-to-wall records, a perfectly calibrated hi-fi system, a turntable altar, pews, candles, devotional notepads, and engraved pencils, the Vinyl Church is staffed with deacons who have undergone months of specialized training in post-secular critique. The Vinyl Church showcases and distills an essential truth of our present age—how our encounters with technology can serve to upend commonly held assumptions about the world, about ourselves, and about each other. Indeed, it is the express purpose of the Vinyl Church to stage a perpetual scene in which there is no difference between the religious and the secular.
The albums in the Vinyl Church are sampled over the course of the Machines in Between audio series. They have been chosen for their insistence upon a world elsewhere; chosen for their intensities, desperate demands, and surplus of feeling; chosen for their longing, gnashing, bending harmonies, and crawling on your knees wailing. These are records that speak of good and evil, of standing awestruck, of ghosts and talking spirits and UFOs, of working class liberation and racial justice, of chakras, healing energies, and apocalyptic endings.
When visitors enter, all are invited to select the album that speaks to them, and place it on turntable altar, sit in the pews and hear the vibrations of transcendence emanate from the machines surrounding them.
You are cordially invited to the closing ceremonies for Machines in Between and the Vinyl Church.
Join Modern Art friends and the enchanting musical duo Charming Disaster for an evening of pure artistic pleasure at Modern Art's Vinyl Church.
Due to popular demand, we are keeping the Vinyl Church open through the end of the summer.
Come listen in to Episode 6: Third Eye Wisdom Program with us on Tuesday, May 15 at the Vinyl Church.
Join us for an evening of live music from Machines in Between musical collaborators and Lancaster favorites, The Nielsen Family Band.
A multi-media lecture which tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the twentieth century.
Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at the Vinyl Church for a deep listening experience of Episode 5
The Vinyl Church is all fired up to welcome Jamie Reeder, also known as Weird Mirror, for our first live musical performance.
Join us on Tuesday, Dec 6 for a communal listening experience in the Vinyl church
Thank you to everyone, from near and far, who came out to experience the Vinyl Church.
Thank you to our favorite local rag for talking to us about Machines in Between
Mark your calendars for the Machines In Between opening weekend, November 5 & 6, 2022.