Amnesia Atómica NYC

Times Square

May 17-24, 2022

Amnesia Atómica NYC

Times Square

May 17-24, 2022

Timeline

All events take place in Times Square, specifically Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Street

  • May 14, 2022
    May 17, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    1:30 p.m.
    Amnesia Atómica kick-off and press event

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
    ZERO NUKES: Performance Series

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 18, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    ZERO NUKES: Performance Series

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 19, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Mobilization Expo

    12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    On the Morning You Wake VR Experience

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    ZERO NUKES: Performance Series

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 20, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Mobilization Expo

    12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    On the Morning You Wake VR Experience

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    ZERO NUKES: Performance Series

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 21, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 22, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 23, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    ZERO NUKES: Performance Series

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

  • May 14, 2022
    May 24, 2022

    All day
    View the ZERO NUKES inflatable sculpture

    4:00 p.m.
    Stockpile – Balloon giveaway

Amnesia Atómica NYC, an exposition and call to reduce the dangers of nuclear weapons, opens on Times Square in mid-May.

Presented by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Times Square Arts, Amnesia Atómica NYC brings artist Pedro Reyes’ inflatable mushroom cloud sculpture, ZERO NUKES, to Times Square May 17-24, 2022.

ZERO NUKES will serve as the centerpiece for Amnesia Atómica NYC which includes a series of public programs and events designed to spotlight the work of activists, artists, scientists, and organizations involved in non-proliferation and disarmament.

Amnesia Atómica is curated by Pedro Alonzo, who specializes in ambitious artworks in public spaces. Inspiration for Amnesia Atómica was sparked at an incubator created by N Square, a network of innovators committed to ending the nuclear threat.

A two-day Mobilization Expo, organized by the Bulletin, will be held from 12-8 pm on Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. The expo will showcase artists, organizers and well-established organizations offering hands-on activities, VR experiences, information booths and merchandise to engage the hundreds of thousands passing through Times Square each week.

The invasion of Ukraine has put nuclear weapons back in the headlines, making this event timelier than ever.

Each day you can also experience performances created by The Tank, a small, Manhattan-based non-profit arts presenter and producer serving emerging artists.

Games for Changwill showcase “On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World)”, a virtual reality experience that uses innovative documentary storytelling and virtual production techniques to viscerally recreate the lived experiences of people of Hawaii, who, for 38 minutes, had to react during a false alert in January 2018. Learn more about the project here. Screenings of the virtual reality experience will be taking place on May 19 & 20, steps away from Times Square at 1560 Broadway, Suite 901 (Enter at 165 W. 46th Street, due to construction). Book your time here. An exhibit will be on display May 17-24.

PATH Collective will offer a bespoke digital art piece as a free, collectible NFT, available to those who attend the Mobilization Expo, to highlight the role blockchain can play in advancing nuclear disarmament.

The timing aligns with New York’s Frieze Art Fair, a leading art fair that attracts artists and media worldwide. Pedro Reyes will also participate at Frieze with his related piece, titled Stockpile—an interactive exhibit which will allow the public to symbolically dismantle the nuclear stockpile.

Recognizing that the most direct consequences of nuclear weapons are experienced under the nuclear mushroom cloud, the Bulletin is using that location to curate a series of activities, interactives, and education opportunities to to reduce the risk and minimize the danger of these weapons.

Click here for more information about the press event on Tuesday, May 17, which will feature remarks from Times Square Arts leadership, artists Pedro Reyes, second-generation Hiroshima survivor Mitchie Takeuchi, and Beatrice Fihn, who received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN.

About ZERO NUKES

Created by Pedro Reyes, the three-story inflatable mushroom cloud is a reminder that nuclear weapons continue to demand huge resources⁠—resources that can and should be redeployed to 21st century opportunities and challenges. The artist’s intentions are to raise public awareness, revitalize the once vibrant anti-nuclear community and, most importantly, put pressure on political leaders, policymakers, and global citizens by reminding them of the consequences of inaction.

To see an early version of ZERO NUKES that, along with a locally curated dance performance, was presented as Amnesia Atómica, Mexico City, visit this link.

About Stockpile

A new participatory work by Pedro Reyes where 12,075 rocket shaped balloons—equivalent to the total estimated number of global nuclear weapons—will be handed out to the public throughout the event. The balloons are a limited edition artwork that will be given to participants upon posting an image of ZERO NUKES on social media with the hashtags #ZERONUKES and #AmnesiaAtómica or upon following a participating organization such as the Bulletin.

Featured projects and exhibitors:

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Turn Back the Doomsday Clock

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Take Action: Parliamentary Pledge & Cities Appeal

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Science, Action, & Nuclear Weapons Policy

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On the Morning You Wake

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NYC nuclear weapon legislation

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#StopInvestingIn​Destruction

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How Likely Is Nuclear War?

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NFTs vs. Nukes

Das Bombe: How to Dismantle a Nuclear Bomb

Thank you to our event supporters!

Bancel Foundation          Join the Carnegie Corporation as a sponsor of our Annual Dinner and Meeting

N Square

Abakanowicz Arts and Culture Charitable Foundation

David Rockefeller Fund

Lisa Tung and Spencer Glendon

Miner / Nagy Family

The Prospect Hill Foundation