Mark Allen is an artist, educator, and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a nonprofit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food. Before opening Machine, he was involved with several alternative arts groups as a curator, board member, and director and co-founded the Los Angeles new media collective c-level. He has taught at CalArts and UC San Diego and is currently an assistant professor of art at Pomona. He also serves on the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York and is a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.