TNT Traysikel is a mobile sculpture and a site for joyous singing (TNT SideCaraoke), collecting narratives for the purpose of archiving, uplifting and broadcasting the Filipinx American contributions and achievements through a forthcoming documentary series (TNT in America)-- Funded by SFAC. It is a collaborative project by Michael Arcega and Paolo Asuncion, hand-painted by Michelle “Meng” Nguyen.
TNT SideCaraoke is a social practice artwork where participants perform karaoke through the built-in karaoke system in the traysikel. These events become a celebration of community through the act of singing.
TNT in America tells a story of immigration, cultural production and noteworthy achievements by Filipinos and Filipinx Americans in the United States. It is told through the lens of an immigrant-object, TNT Traysikel, a Pinoy motorcycle-sidecar that gives rides and hosts karaoke sessions in and around SOMA Pilipinas District in San Francisco, CA. The traysikel is a wandering site that’s emblazoned with symbols and markers of Filipino-ness. It navigates the streets of San Francisco to understand itself through its community as that community tries to define itself to the rest of the world.
Broadcasting the presence of a marginalized community under pressure from a history of policies that continue to displace communities of color. The project creates a self-defined narrative of community achievements and contribution to the United States.
Recent and Upcoming TNT SideCaraoke events:
May 30-- United States of Asian America, APIIC, Portsmouth Square, San Francisco, CA
June 5-- United States of Asian America, APIIC Kapwa Gardens, San Francisco, CA
July 29-- Art for Action, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
August 7-- Kapwa Gardens, San Francisco, CA
August 7-- Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
August 22-- 4-8pm, St. Joseph’s Art Society, San Francisco, CA
August 28 & 29-- 11-4pm SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
September 17-- 4-8pm, St. Joseph’s Art Society, San Francisco, CA
October 3-- 6-8pm, St. Joseph’s Art Society, San Francisco, CA
October 17-- 4-10pm, St. Joseph’s Art Society, San Francisco, CA