Faux periodical / artist's publication published by Aleksandra Mir on September 11, 2002, on the occasion of her 35th birthday and the first anniversary of 9/11 in order to reclaim the day, featuring contributions from over 100 friends and colleagues. Contents include: "Editorial," by Mir; "Happy Birthday from the Lighthouse," by Peter Hill; "To the Editor," by Tim Griffin; "Emergency Love," by Adam McEwen; "Nobody Gives a Shit," comic by Dan Perjovsch; "How to Ride the Bus," by Jennifer Bronstein; "Bike Wreck," by Dan Wilken; "Artists' Shocking 9/11 Predictions Bring Laughs to New York Celebs at Christie's 'Central Asian Furniture Show' and Charity Fundraiser! 700 People in Attendance!;" "Inventory list of my father's compulsive collection of airline silverware between 1989 - 1997," by Cornelia Schbleck; "B irthday," by Raimar Stange; "Bring in the Clowns: Andy Smith of The Moscow State Circus interviewed by Polly Staple;" "Sydney in September," by Simon Rees; "Long Photographs," by Emil Goh; "Pink Tank;" "The Usher," by Cedar Lewisohn; "The best thing that happened to me in 2002 was that Theo my cousin became a goth and his mate Corrin became a punk," by Tasha Amini; "The World Still Turns," by Kathy Temin; "Alien Sighting," by Samuel Blum; "McCartney & Narcissus," by Gabriel Fowler; "Punching Through the Clouds," Miles Boyce after Mies Van der Rohe; "Crash America," by Ken Hollings; "The World's Greatest Rebel - at 88," by Andrew Wilson; "Structure Kills," text and photos by hobbypopMUSEUM; "First Woman Takes North Pole!," by I. Hope Halperin; "Cities, Holiday Hotspots and Commerce Zones Rethink Slogans," by Jarrett Mitchell; "Advertisement," by Cecily Brown; "Family Takes Break," by Michelle Grabner; "Tire on Fire," by Brad Killam; "The Housitter's Club in More Trouble with the Law than Oak Park Homeowners," by Amy Park Saxe; "I read 'Big Asteroid Leaves Scientists Unruffled', Was Ruffled," by Curtis Whaley; "Abstract Sculpture from Park to Somewhere Else," by Wade Guyton; "September 11 Memorial," by Jeffry Vallance; "The Event Forces Us to Think," by Roger Cook; "11th September," by Kathrin Boehm; a drawing by Claude Closky; "You Deserve to Break Something; "Virulent Images," by Leif Elggren; "QRU (Wuick Response Unit)," by Gavin Wade & Garrick Jones; newspaper clipping submission by Piotr Uklanski; an image by Richard Kern; "Holiday Column," by Aleksandra Mir; a text by Andy Stillpass; "I Remember," by Kaethe Cherney; a text by James Angus; "That Horoscope," by Onome Ekeh; "Skyjack Sunday Over Europe;" "The Long Haul," by Russel Storer; "Strategic Questions," curated by Gavin Wade; "What is Negative? Why?," by Alexsandra Mir for Gavin Wade; "Top Tips," by Kate Fowle; "The Masterpiece," comic by Olivia Plender; "Aldous Eveleigh's exhibition...;" Image with caption by Harry Staple; image by Milos Manetas; "Re: FWD: A Statement of Conscience," signed by multiple artists including Laurie Anderson, Ida Applebroog, Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, Leon Golub and many others; "A Cockney Poem," by Matthew Arnatt; "Curtain," by Paul Noble; "Kisses Honeywagon - The Novel;" "Page Twenty-Six," by Wallace Robertson; "Guarding the dog and the cows," by Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann; photograph by Gurvan Madec; "woman is.." by Dave Beech; "Barman Joe Latimore chronicles the underbelly of New York's nitelife;" "Ubiquitous Recluse Revives the Eternal," by Johnny Gato; "In Memoriam: Katri Vala," by Cecilia Stenbom and Minna L. Henriksson; "Chalk Circles," by Katri Vala; "Book Review: The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore," by IB; "Suicide Note," by Nanogod; comic by Roberto Cuoghi; "Beware of Windows!," by Stefan Saffer; texts by Jonas Maria Schul; "Recipes," by Coeinna Durland; "My Friend Najla's Babaganoush," by Jennifer Higgie; "Eulogy for the Living," by Christian Holstad; "Oh Superman," Karl Holmquist after Laurie Anderson; "Birthday Party part III," by Mika Hannula; and more. Backcover: "I (Bomb) NY," by Bernadette Corporation.
"September 11, 2002. Enjoying my hot-off-the-press Daily on Avenue B with a cup of burned deli coffee. New York’s Hometown Newspaper was printed in an edition of 1,000 on the first anniversary of 9-11, to reclaim my birthday on the same day
The newspaper contains articles, poems, drawings, ads and all sorts of stupid beautiful shit solicited from over 100 physical artist friends and univocally accepted under the open editorial policy as birthday gifts. The back I BOMB NY logo is by the Bernadette Corporation.
Looking back though, it is interesting how certain mainstream politicians have taken all our avant-garde strategies, DADA, Punk, Fiction, Surrealism, Performance, Wigs, even FAKE NEWS (homage: Yves Klein), squeezed the dear soul out of them and weaponized them for their delinquent purposes. If that is really the case of our times, then what is the role of an artist today? Discuss." -- Artist's statement