The Cluster Project
The Cluster Project is an online gallery and blog that explores the thriving universe of cluster bombs, drones, nukes, and other indiscriminate weapons of terror. Its collaborators have created diverse works that straddle the line between comic and tragic, surreal and concrete, in an effort to engage with an alienated, entertainment-drenched populace. The project’s website (theclusterproject.com) has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since launching in May 2013, and its works have screened in dozens of media festivals. The Cluster Project will soon be embarking on a series of multimedia art works related to drone warfare, and invites artists of all kinds to collaborate on these and other related projects.
The Cluster Project features the work of Bob Paris, Jeff Lassahn, Kirk Zamieroski, Mariam Eqbal, Deven Langston, Andrew Ilnicki, Patrick Phelan, Joe Ryan, Adam Rosenberg, Martin Sand Vallespir, Nathan Altice, Elizabeth Wlodarczak, and many other creative artists. The specific makers for each project are listed online.
Bob Paris is the director of The Cluster Project. His electronic art has screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. In 2015 Paris will launch online the Disturbance Cycle, a series of works that resurrect scenes from the TV coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots to explore spectacle, social disaster, and historical amnesia. Paris was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and received a master’s degree at its Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at VCU’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches socially engaged media and video art.
Jeff Lassahn is the assistant director of The Cluster Project. Artist and teacher based in Chicago, Lassahn’s work explores the politics and economy of modern life in media ranging from lithography to video and animation.