Machine Project Starts Kickstarter for Fancy Ham


On Saturday, September 8, the Echo Park arts nonprofit Machine Project 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,” according to the organization’s Web site. Along with a dramatic reading of an English translation of La Relación, De Vaca’s account of his journey as told to the king of Spain, a group weeping and laughing ceremony (?), and a clothing-optional screening of the 1991 feature film Cabeza De Vaca (this will get foodie soon, we swear), Machine Project also hopes to feed attendees with ham. But not just any ham—arguably the fanciest ham in the world: Jamón Ibérico.

A cured leg of acorn-fed Spanish hog will usually set you back around $1,300—well beyond the budget of an independent arts nonprofit. So, Machine Project has set up a Kickstarter account to help fund their indulgent munchies. Currently the account is up to a whopping $405 (the goal is $1,300), with just six days more to raise the rest. Want to help? A pledge of $25 or more will entitle you to a vacuum-sealed slice of Jamón Ibérico. A pledge of $50 will get you guaranteed entry to the event, plus all the Jamón Ibérico you can eat. Pledge $100 or more and get guaranteed entry, all the Jamón Ibérico you can eat, plus a copy of Cabeza de Vaca’s book. And the grand prize for a $250 pledge is all of the above plus a plastic casting of a spearhead that may have belonged to Cabeza de Vaca. Perhaps you can spear some ham with it? 

Go here to donate. To find out more about Machine Project’s porky endeavors, visit