Things to Do: Los Angeles

The 14th Factory

 

Simon Birch is a British-born, Hong Kong-based artist and the brain behind Los Angeles's 14th Factory. I've seen tons of pictures from the museum on Instagram but I wasn't really sure what to expect. 

After my visit, I'd describe The Factory like more of an experience than a museum. When we got their, one of the featured artists was actually filming a documentary so we had to sign Talent Release forms (pretty cool). The entire entrance of the warehouse has been painting black- the entrance is well lit, but the very first room is pitch black.

I don't do well in spaces I'm not familiar with so I was pretty creeped out. When I say pitch black, I mean, can't see your hand in front of your face. After a few steps I could see light coming from somewhere, I just couldn't figure where. Finally, I saw a familiar sight.

Paul Kember's recreation of a room from "2001: A Space Odyssey." (The 14th Factory)

Paul Kember's recreation of a room from "2001: A Space Odyssey." (The 14th Factory)

PRO TIP: Be prepared to take your shoes off. Had I known that, I would've worn socks. 

This room was literally like something out of a movie (for obvious reasons). The floor was lit up with like LED lights, so the entire room was glowing. Only 4 guests are allowed in at a time so it wasn't super crowded. I've never seen the movie that the room was based off of, but it made me feel like I was in a 90s rap video. Jail pose.

The next room is probably the most recognizable. It's a huge open field with grass and swings and white brick walls. 

There was a line to get into the next room. Apparently, people are intrigued by the thought of impending doom. 

Basically, there's an empty room with about 100 rakes hanging from the ceiling. The couple in front of us laid out on the floor as a friend took their picture. I wasn't taking any chances, I hopped in and hopped right out. 

 

There were about 7 other rooms full of art. Some of them literally immersed you into them. Tickets were a bit pricey ($18-$29) but it was worth it.  The outdoor installation and gallery was actually my favorite. There were a dozen airplane wings sticking out of a shallow pool. They towered over everything.

Plan to spend about an hour here if you ever decide to visit!