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By Molly Jo Shea
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About

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.

Contact: Rushhoursubmissions@gmail.com

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.

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    RUSH HOUR:Perform Chinatown Bumper sticker and performative call during RUSH HOUR traffic.

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    Digital Copy of RUSH HOUR Audio Project with Air Freshener Track List, bumper sticker, and performative call during RUSH HOUR traffic.

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    Customized RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown Fortune Cookie, RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown tote bag, RUSH HOUR audio project with Air Freshener track listing, and RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown bumper sticker.

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    Invitation to Audio Project launch and dance party, customized RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown Fortune Cookie, RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown tote bag, RUSH HOUR audio project, and RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown bumper sticker.

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    Limited Edition, custom-made Boob and Butt Mug Set donated by Australian artist, Alice Lang.

    Invitation to Audio Project launch and dance party, customized RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown Fortune Cookie, RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown tote bag, RUSH HOUR audio project, and RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown bumper sticker.

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    One-of-Kind ,Rush Hour Orgonite made by Tracy Shea. Orgonite, which has new-age cloud busting powers, was created specifically for the Rush Hour event. Whether you are caught in traffic, trying to have a conversation with Chris Tucker or don't know how to respond to performance art, this pyramid is sure the help channel the powers of Chung King Road with its matchbox car, rice, gold leaf, jade, black jasper, red bambo coral and soothing image of Jackie Chan.

    In addition to this object you'll receive:
    Invitation to Audio Project launch and dance party, customized RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown Fortune Cookie, RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown tote bag, RUSH HOUR audio project, and RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown bumper sticker.

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    Listen to the audio project premiere from a LIMO stocked with food from FOO CHOW and exclusive performance. Then arrive in style to the Rush Hour audio project's launch and dance party.

    RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown tote bag, custom fortune cookie made from RUSH HOUR artists, RUSH HOUR audio project with Air Freshener track listing, and RUSH HOUR Perform Chinatown bumper sticker.

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