Help us buy some fancy ham
On Saturday, September 8th at 5pm we will host Cabeza Debacle: a several hour marathon event inspired by the story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s voyage from Spain to North America in the 16th Century.
The evening will be centered around a communal, dramatic reading of an english translation of La Relación, De Vaca’s account of his journey as told to the king of Spain. Interspersed throughout the reading will be activities such as:
- A group weeping and laughter ceremony.
- A clothing optional, english subtitled screening of the 1991 feature film Cabeza De Vaca, hosted by the president of a Los Angeles naturist group.
- Physical, psychological and spiritual metamorphosis.
- Accompaniment by various special guests throughout the night.
Obviously, for this event to be a truly gluttonous debacle, we need to purchase the finest, fanciest and most opulent imported Spanish ham that money can buy: Jamón ibérico.
Since its inception, Kickstarter has been used to fund some pretty noble projects: socially-engaged documentary films, innovative and life-improving inventions, and opportunities for earnest, hard-working bands to produce their first album. But, to our knowledge, the platform has yet to be used in order to crowdsource a ham:
Donations of $50 or more will guarantee admission to the event, where you can party like a rapacious conquistador with all the Jamón ibérico you can consume.
Seating is limited to 30 guests. We will open up an RSVP list on Wednesday, September 5th if there are any seats left available.
Destry Rides Again, Again
Two tableaux vivants by Torreya Cummings.
From Episode 18 of the Southern Machine Exposure Project.
Machine This Week: August 9th – 12th
EVENT : “Giant Leaps for Mankind” and the Future of the Past
Thursday, August 9th at 8pm
Justin St. P. Walsh will give a talk on his work with archaeological explorations in outer space. In recent years, scholars such as Walsh have begun developing studies for preserving sites and objects across the universe.
Join us for a discussion on recent developments in the space industry and future plans for archaeology beyond our planet.
EVENT: The Inaugural Sober & Lonely Synchronized Running Club Run
Sunday, August 12th at 6:13am
Machine Project and the Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art cordially invite you to join us for The Inaugural Sober & Lonely Synchronized Running Club Run on Sunday August 12th, at 6:13 am starting from Machine Project in Los Angeles. The route is a short but hilly 3.45 miles loop along Marathon Street in Echo Park/Silver Lake.
This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to participate in the run, please email email@example.com with the subject line [This hill is actually more steep than I thought it was]. We are also looking for volunteers to help from 5.00 AM – 7.00 AM on the day of the event. If you are interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line [I like waking up early and handing out oranges].
More information on the event can be found here.
EVENT: Perfumed Nightmare
Sunday, August 12th at 8pm
We invite you to join us for another episode of the Machine Interns screen films they like series featuring a free screening of Perfumed Nightmare (1978), a film by Kidlat Tahimik which documents a young Filipino’s experience with the presence of American colonialism in the Philippines and abroad.