ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS CENTRE
Zero Capital's CLUSTERBOMB!
Asian American Arts Centre
26 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Date: January 15, 2009
Opening Reception & Performance: Saturday, December 13, 6 to 9 pm
An informal meeting of artists, stakeholders and interested parties will begin at 6:30 pm
and will include performances, new works, refreshments, drinks and discussion around future Zero Capital collaborations, events, and fundraising efforts.
Visual artist Tomie Arai will formally distribute signed, audience-curated pieces of Zero Capital: Free Art selected on the December 13, 2008 Clusterbomb! Opening. While these works and the closing event are free, donations are encouraged. Contributions directly benefit the BorderStatements Collective and their HIV/AIDS prevention and anti-stigma cultural work on the China-Burma border.
CLUSTERBOMB! is a creative response to physical and psychological displacement in the post 9-11 era of disillusionment and inertia. It is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational and transnational network of artists, writers, activists, cultural workers and youth. Participants are posing a collective challenge to why those who have are getting even more and those who don't have are getting even less, or nothing.
With the closing of CLUSTERBOMB! on January 15 sections of the exhibit will travel from NYC to Philadelphia, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detriot and Boston, during 2009 (dates and locations tba on www.zerocapital.net) to be shown with local artists at each site encouraging ad hoc cultural groups and meetings to form and take place in each locale. By December 2009 a culminating conference of artists and stakeholders will take place in NYC.
Zero Capital is a collective of NYC based, as well as national and international artists, writers, activists, cultural workers and youth: “other” artists messaging possibility. Artists include: Tomie Arai, Regie Cabico, Fay Chiang, Jean Chiang, Jason DaSilva, Paul Gilman, Lauren Hokoyama, Jason Kao Hwang, Siddhartha Joag, Mia Kang, Jenny Logico, Perry Mamaril, Mari Nakano, Kcue Palma, Danny Phelan, F. Omar Telan, Laura Wilde and Bella Noir, Angel Velasco Shaw and others.
“We present our work on the Bowery, along the line of Jurassic cranes. Clusterbomb! is a pan-ethnic cadre that has its roots in the Asian American cultural movement of New York City; three generations stronger than the Beats & Folk music, we are on the precipice of a Thunderdome that began around Katrina.” -Regie Cabico
Zero Capital functions without permanent location and organizational structure as an expanding network of cultural producers and community stakeholders. A website will be launched (www.zerocapital.net) in conjunction with this exhibit, and will serve as a vehicle for the exchange of information, resource materials and the listing of stake holders websites from local as well as global cultural activists communities.
CLUSTERBOMB! is a fundraising event for the BorderStatements Collective, a community-based art and safe space on the China-Burma border, begun in 2007, that works with ethnic minority and street youth utilizing arts as a platform for HIV/AIDS and intravenous drug use prevention and antidiscrimination education.
CLUSTERBOMB! - an exhibition of Zero Capital is presented with support from the Asian/ Pacific/American Institute at New York University and the Asian American Arts Alliance, and hosted by the Asian American Arts Centre.
Asian American Arts Centre, Inc. is supported, in part with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. With additional funding and support from Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, 9.11 Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Mini Storage/Edison Properties Inc, Materials for the Arts, Pearl River Mart, United Orient Bank, New York Cosmopolitan Lions Club, Con Edison, Dedalus Foundation, Expedi Printing, Inc., Charles Yuen, Jody and John Arnhold, Danny C.K. Li, Jeanne Lee Jackson, Linda Peng, Wing Lee Yee, Mikyung Kim, Richard Kenny Esq, John Yu, and the many generous friends of the Asian American Arts Centre.
The Asian American Arts Centre is located in Lower Manhattan at 26 Bowery (just below Canal Street, 3rd floor above McDonalds. Press bell #3.). It is a short walk from the N, Q, J, M, Z, and 6 trains at Canal Street or the B and D at Grand Street or the M103, M15, or M9 buses to Chatham Square.