Perform Chinatown- RUSH HOUR
Perform Chinatown- RUSH HOUR
A day-long festival celebrating performance art in Los Angeles' Chinatown Neighborhood on August 15th.
A day-long festival celebrating performance art in Los Angeles' Chinatown Neighborhood on August 15th. Read more
About this project
Hi, I’m Molly Shea… I’m a performance artist, curator and co-director of an international art residency and exhibition space, Eastside International.
I’m happy to be curating this year’s PERFORM CHINATOWN, RUSH HOUR.
What’s Perform Chinatown? It is only the most unique public gathering of artist, performers, dancers, social practitioners, and creative minds in Los Angeles. Every year Chinatown’s Chung King Road, home to a myriad of galleries, performance venues, Chinese –run businesses, and underground oddities opens up their spaces and street to host this festival.
This year, we are working under the moniker of RUSH HOUR. Inspired by Foo Chow’s sign that reads “A Best Seller Movie by Jackie Chan Rush Hour was Shot Here”. Tourists and locals alike have always been drawn to the blatant tourist trap nature of the sign. At one point in time the sign was painted over for the Ryan Gosling movie, Gangster Squad.
After they completed the movie, the production company repainted the sign in the same confusing, poetic grammar as if nothing happened. No one seemed to notice.
This year perform Chinatown is going to be a variety of acts, performances, and happenings that will be inspired by elements of this sign.
What is a fake? How do we identify ourselves? What is our relationship to Hollywood? Will anyone notice our presence? Will anyone notice our absence?
But even more obvious, RUSH HOUR is a fitting title for performance art in Los Angeles. RUSH HOUR is a complicated time frame and feeling. Sometimes it is meditative. Sitting in it can be a form of endurance. It can be a time to learn secrets about your fellow passengers. It can be time of reflective though; sometimes indulgent. You are simultaneously very aware of being alone while being surrounded by people. Going nowhere fast.
So why support RUSH HOUR? Rush Hour is going to be a multimedia, installation-heavy, musical, day of entertainment and engagement in a public venue during summer. Funds for this event will got to helping document the work, support artists whose projects need extra funding, get resources for the event, spread the word about the event and keep people cool and comfortable in the August sun. It’ll also go to supporting an audio project collaboration with the RUSH HOUR artists geared to making an transportation audio project.
Want to help in non-monetary ways by contributing resources? I’ll need help setting up the event, getting prizes together, and most likely help keeping my zen-chill.
Risks and challenges
In terms of challenges, I can imagine getting the prizes together might be difficult. I plan to have a couple of days where I'll provide dinner and screening of Rush Hour to people who want to help get theses packages together one evening.
I also believe that unexpected costs might happen even after the event has been funded and hope to make more money than my goal for this reason. I have worked on multiple artist/multiple day performance events several times before while being unemployed, lacking support and under very challenging circumstances and have still managed to complete my projects.
I expect thanks to the support of my community and my own stubbornness that this will be an unforgettable success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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