“The Flux Priority” – written, shot, and edited collaboratively by Flux Factory – follows a preposterous gang of bandits on a “reverse heist” shot (somewhat) surreptitiously throughout Museum of the Moving Image, exploiting the museum’s exhibitions, installations, and architecture as sets; its objects as props; and its staff and visitors as actors and extras. It was created for Aram Bartholl’s DVD Dead Drop, an off-line file sharing network embedded in the exterior of the Museum, where visitors could insert a blank DVD and burn a copy of the film at any time, day or night.
Flux Factory is pleased to announce its participation in the Alternatives Fair at Eyebeam, organized by the Arts & Labor working group from OWS. The Alternatives Fair aims to connect and make visible groups and projects that provide alternative economic models for sustaining the livelihood of artists, art workers, and other populations based on mutual aid, cooperation, and other non-exploitative and non-oppressive practices. It is the first step in answering the question, What Do We Do Now?
In the Main Space at the Alternatives Fair Flux Factory will present “The Bridge,” a participatory workshop in which facilitators and audience members physically and symbolically face each other, our differences and similarities. “The Bridge” has simple rules: participants gather on one ‘line’. A facilitator asks a question, those who answer “yes” stay there while those who answer “no” cross the line and turn to face each other. Anyone can pose a follow up question, and participants continue to move to corresponding “yes” or “no” sides.
During this process decisions get made, both individually and collectively, regarding where to stand. In the end, we will discuss our varying experiences, discomfort with any questions, and surprises. Which questions were the most difficult to answer? Why? Were there moments you chose to stand in the middle?
For this workshop, Flux Factory is represented by Sara Arjona, Alejandro Botubol, Dylana Dillon, Kerry Downey, Douglas Paulson, and Christina Vassallo. We are a mix of artists, teachers, curators, arts administrators, hang gliders, bikers, tour guides, and …. While at the Alternatives Fair, the questions we’ll pose will focus on issues around: community, participation, economies, shared resources, and shared power.
Flux Factory presents Galactic Drive-In, as part of Empire Drive-In, a month-long series of programming within a full-scale theater made out of wrecked cars as audience seating and a 40-foot screen constructed from salvaged wood.
During Galactic Drive-In, blast into low Earth orbit for a celebration of campy sci-fi, anyone-can-do-it filmmaking, and weapons of mass destruction. Flux Factory’s experienced space flight attendants will guide you through take-off procedures in preparation for the night’s features: Ed Wood’s classic “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, hailed by many as the “worst film in the history of cinema”, and “Hollywood Burn”, Soda_Jerk’s sci-fi copyleft epic more than 10-years in the making. Additionally, Flux Factory will premiere new work using props, costumes, and sets made entirely from reclaimed materials. Prior spaceflight experience not required.
Tickets are $15, $10 for NYSCI members, and can be purchased here.
We are excited to announce an OPEN CALL for our annual benefit! Flux Factory’s Not-So-Silent Auction has become one of the best art parties of the year, and we’re looking forward to making this one even more thrilling than the last. Check out photos from our previous auctions in 2012, 2011, and 2010.
We’re seeking a range of activities and experiments that will unfold on the evening of January 15th, 2014, at 79 Walker Street, NYC. Specifically we’d like to incorporate these elements into the festivities:
Last year LuLu LoLo welcomed our guests as The Mayor, Bean Gildsdorf gave aesthetic palm readings to help guests decide on which artwork to purchase, and the Rainbroz made a mesmerizing interactive light installation. What would you like to do during this year’s Not-So-Silent Auction?
We are looking for an extroverted individual who will activate the crowd by encouraging bidding via silent auction, introduce speakers during our Scrappy Awards ceremony, and addsome extra special sauce to this spirited event. Let us know why you would be perfect for this job.
Contribute your skills by creating a slideshow of compelling images, an absorbing video, an interactive installation, or some other kind of project that describes the important work Flux does or gets people in the bidding mood.
We’re looking for portable and/or participatory projects that guests can interact with and bring home with them, including GIF portraits, artsy manicures, food sculptures, decadent photo booths, etc.
Fitting with Flux’s mission, we’re always looking for ways to create and collaborate, so let us know if you’ve got an idea that doesn’t fit into the categories described above.
Send an email to email@example.com with “Auction Open Call” in the subject line, and include the following:
-One paragraph proposal explaining what you’d like to do or create for the event, what your motivation for participation is, and installation requirements (if any).
-5 images of relevant work or a sketch of the proposed project.
Current Model Like New uses the car dealership – a signifier of class divisions, commodity fetishism, and globalization – as its impetus. Artists Daniel Keller, Katja Novitskova, Jon Rafman, and Amalia Ulman will create new works, which will manifest as two vehicles and travel to new contexts throughout the exhibition.
Curated by Loney Abrams, Current Model Like New is part of Flux Factory’s 2013 exhibition season, and is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Our friends at Columbia University’s Teachers College produced a two-part video for New Learning Times about Kitty City! Check out the sweet cameo by Mr. Wilson, the cat.
October 10th, 7pm+
FREE!, but please bring something delicious to share
Imagine the solutions and energy our city could have if everyone who lived here had access to good healthy food, knew why it was their best option, and took pride in it and their health as an investment in their neighbors and the future.
- Detroit Food Justice Task Force
Come celebrate the harvest, share stories and recipes, and learn about what other community members, growers, and organizations are doing to create just and sustainable food systems in Long Island City.
Sign up to be a member of the Queens Action Committee brought to you by Flux Factory’s Community Organizer resident Dylana Dillon, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, City Harvest, and Hour Children Community Food Pantry. Talk land use with Smiling Hogshead Ranch, explore “Integrating Food Production into Green Building – Urban Environments” with Hellgate Farm, find out why kids are getting excited about Sprout By Design, and more!
Potluck starts at 7pm, [mini] workshops at 8:15pm, and music by Elana Belle Carroll on the rooftop at 9pm
We will be featuring food from local farmers, and beer from local brewers, but please bring a (vegetarian) dish and/or beverage to share.
Super gracious thanks to our sponsors!
Bridges to Beaches is a bicycle tour that investigates the expansive portfolio and social impact of Robert Moses, the so-called “master builder” and urban planner of New York in the 20th century. Having completed thousands of projects in New York over the span of his 40-year career—-ranging from public parks to cultural institutions to highways—-Moses has undoubtedly carved and influenced the urban landscape we navigate today.
Despite the positive aspects of his work in engineering a modern metropolis, Moses is also credited with the destruction of historical landmarks and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people whose businesses and homes were demolished to build local expressways and interstates. The tour will visit a handful of sites developed by Moses and will unpack the controversial narrative surrounding his career.
Each tour is open to 10 participants. The meeting location, rain dates and details will be disclosed in a personal email. This will be an approximately 6-hour, 30+ mile ride that will meander in and out of NYC trafﬁc. Helmets are required; helmets and bikes available upon request.
About the artist: Flux Artist-in-Residence Sarah Witt is a skeptically serious and professional interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance and non-performance. Sarah holds a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.F.A from Syracuse University. During her graduate studies, she was awarded grants from the MIT Council for the Arts and the Peter de Florez Fund for Humor, the Department of Architecture Tuition Fellowship and the Schnitzer Prize in Visual Arts. Sarah has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Elsewhere Collaborative and Hub-Bub, and in 2009 she produced Polymorphic Plastic Parade, a nationally touring eco-art installation.
Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Time: 1pm – 8pm
Location: registration for this FREE event is required to receive the location
The day is almost here! Work together to prepare for a potentially massive auto-related disaster during the drill for Traffic Disruption Village. In 2010, China experienced a 9 day, 100 km long traffic jam that turned the road into “a collection of rooms”: a temporary village born of disaster. Traffic Disruption Village will serve as a drill for New Yorkers to prepare for a similar potential disaster phenomenon before it occurs.
There are three ways to participate in Traffic Disruption Village:
1. With a car. Retrofit your car to serve some function for the village’s ongoing well-being and support. Be prepared to serve yourself and others. Parking provided.
2. With a bicycle. Take advantage of your smaller, human-powered vehicle to assist those stuck in traffic. Bring mobile resources or serve as a messenger between the village and the outside world.
3. With only yourself (and possibly other people): bring a resource to share with the village.
Traffic Disruption Village will take place in a top-secret location from 1pm – 8pm on September 28th. To receive the location information, please sign up using the registration form.
Traffic Disruption Village by artist Chloë Bass is a project for the Flux Factory exhibition, Untitled (As Of Yet). This project and the exhibition are supported, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Flux Factory is looking for sharp volunteers and interns who relish the thought of plugging into a creative community. We produce dozens of exhibitions per year, run an international residency program, and present free events that serve cultural producers and the general public of NYC.
While volunteers and interns can participate in all aspects of our non-profit organization, these specific areas are in need of support:
With so many things to brag about, Flux needs a media savvy crew to help get the word out. We’re looking for tech gurus, social media savants, graphic design experts, and masters of the web to teach us new ways to shout it from the rooftops. Volunteers will be asked to document and market Flux projects, and help develop the Flux voice via social media, email announcements, and our website.
Can you offer amazing insight into fundraising by throwing awesome parties and/or writing sincere grant applications? Responsibilities for development volunteers focus on researching potential donors and sponsors; working on the occasional party; assisting with grant writing; and dreaming up previously untested and totally original ways to raise money.
Do you feel most satisfied when juggling multiple projects with a million different moving parts at once? We could use help with planning our public programs, including research; exhibition installation; assisting artists with making new work; and helping to organize events. We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in working with our residency staff to develop programs that attract new applicants, help our current residents, and keep our alumni connected to Flux.
Volunteers have access to many of the benefits that our residents and staff enjoy: use of our woodshop, silk screen studio, library, rooftop garden, and other communal spaces and equipment; entrée to an extensive international network of cultural producers; the ability to influence Flux Factory programming and the future of the organization; and you’ll always be publicly credited for creative contributions.