Creating Your Unique Workshop for Teaching Artists (3 Part Series)

April 1st, 8th and 15th
6-8 pm

This workshop is designed for individuals who work as teaching artists, workshop instructors, or other types of educators who are not full time classroom teachers. These individuals often find themselves working within a larger system, working with new populations and age ranges frequently, and often need to be adaptable and flexible to the environments they work in. This workshop series will teach you how to create a lesson plan for the creative practice you want to teach, and how to problem solve even the most challenging teaching situation, and how to effectively engage with your students. Come gain valuable, practical skills in how to teach a class, and walk away with a new network of fellow teaching artists, a complete lesson plan, and a practical plan on how to organize your class!

-Learn how to structure a class for the time you are given
-How to break down your creative skill into easily digestible pieces for your students
-How to engage all of your students, even the noisy or quiet ones
-How to create a class for different age levels, and different skill levels depending on who you are teaching.
-Use the workshop to problem solve your own unique teaching situations
-How to work within your budget
-How to work in unique situations and as a “new” person, be it a school, community center, or other setting

RSVP on Facebook here.

Instructor Bio:

Kathryn Sclavi is an artist, educator, and art education consultant originally from based in Philadelphia and New York. She received her B.A. in Art Education and B.F.A. in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey, and her M.eD. in Art Education with a focus on Community Arts Practices from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.

Sclavi’s work focuses on creating imaginative installations, events, and participatory experiences through collaboration with diverse communities. She creates socially-engaged projects such as colorful forts, art parades, social gatherings, and workshops designed to encourage communication, celebrate spaces, and create new dimensions of shared experiences. In addition, Sclavi makes drawings, photographs, fiber, and costume pieces that draw on her love of the vibrant and fantastical.

With over a decade of experience in art education, Kathryn works as an artist-in-residence and creative consultant in a diverse range of settings including schools, non-profits, museums, prisons, and many public spaces, creating collaborative, community art projects. Some of her clients include the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Young Audiences of both NJ/PA and Louisiana and many more. Her focus is on creating community partnerships, collaborative art making experiences, and approaching curriculum with an arts integration approach.

She was a recipient of a 2013 grant from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to create socially-engaged art in vacant lots in Philly, awarded an Innovative Curriculum award from Fleisher Art Memorial, and is a featured Graduate Alumni from the Tyler School of Art. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Flux Factory, in Queens.

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Shibori Surface Design Workshop

Tuesday March 24th 
6-8 pm
Free!

 

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Shibori is the Japanese art of resist-dyeing using traditional methods used for centuries. In this class, students will receive an introduction to three techniques using indigo dye.

Objective: For students to learn three different Shibori techniques used in Japanese textiles, and using a (version of a) traditional Indigo dye, dye material with three different patterns.

All materials are included, however, if you would like to Shibori dye one of your own garments (each student will dye 3 12″x12″ squares of cotton) please bring a 100% natural fabric, and so we have enough dye for everyone, please only one garment per person.

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HANDS UP

HANDS UP
a project by Atif Ateeq and Roopa Vasudevan
Opening Reception Friday May 15th, 7 – 10pm
On view May 15th-19th
Open hours Saturday and Sunday 1-8pm and Monday and Tuesday by appointment only (email roopa.vasudevan@gmail.com). 

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HANDS UP is an interactive installation that explores law enforcement’s relationship with people of color. The installation will simulate the experience of being confronted by the police in the manner that resulted in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, MO. The piece directly places visitors in the chaotic and overwhelming moments that have since led to an ongoing debate about the state of race relations in America.

Roopa Vasudevan is an artist, creative coder, and researcher currently based in New York.  She is interested in utilizing technology in order to explore and expose subconscious patterns in our culture and behavior.  Her work has been exhibited at venues around the United States, and has been featured in Slate, the Huffington Post, the New Yorker blog, Jezebel, GOOD Lifestyle, Complex, and on French and German television. Roopa holds a BA in film studies from Columbia University, and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where she also served as a post-graduate research fellow during 2013-2014.  She is a past (and upcoming) Flux resident, and adjunct faculty at ITP and at Fordham University.

Atif Ateeq is a visual artist and interactive designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Atif’s work has been exploring ideas of race and cultural identity for over a decade and hopes that his contribution will impact the conversation in a positive and insightful way. Armed with a background in Photography/ Film and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Atif continues to meld mediums and create experiences that unfold in a simple yet unique manner.

 

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Press:

Animal New York: “‘HANDS UP': NEW INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION AIMS TO FOSTER CONVERSATION ABOUT POLICE BRUTALITY”

Art New News: “Hands Up: Flux Factory Installation Simulates Police Shooting”

Hyperallergic: “Crimes of the Art”

Hogshead Hoedown

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March 26-28, 2015

Smiling Hogshead Ranch is producing a three day event including performances, workshops and dance parties. This Hogshead Hoedown is a benefit for the Ranch and will provide learning opportunities, spotlight local talent, serve as outreach to potential members, and raise funds to promote urban agriculture in Western Queens and beyond.

Smiling Hogshead Ranch is collaborating with the Flux Factory to host three days of events, including a variety show (6:30pm, Thursday, 3/26), a comedy night (7:30pm, Friday, 3/27) and a full day of skillshares, films, a community potluck dinner  and late night dance party (1pm till late, Saturday, 3/28).

The Hoedown kicks off on Thursday with a variety show curated by Hogshead co-founder and community organizing resident at Flux Factory, Gil Lopez, with emcee Roberto Buscarsi. Tickets are $8-$18 online, $20 at the door.

Friday‘s comedy show is produced by Hogshead board member Colin Anton Samuel with Lindsay Goldwert of SunnysideComedy.NYC  The evening will feature a lineup of talented NYC based comedians. Both events will include a raffle items. Entry and raffle ticket proceeds will support infrastructure improvements, insurance and free programming at The Ranch in 2015. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door

Events on Saturday are free and open to the public. The day will feature films and skillshares punctuated with interludes of music and movement. The day will be capped off with conversation over a community potluck dinner (starts at 7:30, space is limited, please RSVP to SmilingHogsheadRanch@gmail.com) followed by a toast to four years of cultivating community. The day will end with late night DJ sets.

Artwork from Hogshead members will be on display during all events. These include the Ranch’s recently published zine “The Feed” and features artists including Caetlynn Booth, Smiling Hogshead Ranch’s artist-in-residence; Dee Dee Maucher of MoS Collective, prints from the Beehive Design Collective, and installations by Jennie Pea and Gil Lopez.

Come to one event or all three, but do not miss the opportunity to support this lively grassroots organization, and to meet Smiling Hogshead Ranch members to learn about opportunities for participation and collaboration! Some participants can volunteer during events to have entry fees waived. Email event organizers at SmilingHogsheadRanch[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in volunteering.

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March Flux Thursday

Thursday March 12th
Dinner at 8 pm. Presentations begin at 9:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

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Join us on March 12th for our famous Flux Thursday potluck dinner and salon! Paul Kuniholm Pauper will simultaneously archive and create mediated images of recent Sculpture Pop-Ups in Central Park and Socrates Sculpture Park. Gil Lopez will plant the seeds for some upcoming doings at the Smiling Hogshead Ranch community garden. Lee Tusman will speak about his recent generative art and art by bots, including auto-generated Twitter storytelling bots, a camera that prints photos made out of text from google searches, and his upcoming plans to build a robotic replacement for himself. Dinner designed by Kathryn Sclavi.

We’ll cook some good food, and you should bring some too! Dinner starts at 8 pm, and the presentations begin at 9:30 pm.

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Open Call: 2015 Exhibition Season

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Flux Factory announces an open call for our 2015 exhibition season!

Flux expands the creative experience beyond the typical gallery setting, using our exhibition space and the public realm as sites for critical intervention. This approach has helped Flux build a reputation for being inventive, risk-taking, and playful, while supporting the creation of new collaborative work and serving as an access point for audiences to experience the multidisciplinary creative process.

Please visit our 2014 group exhibitions for reference: Exquisite Contraption, Nightlight, Homecoming, and Utopia School.

To apply for any of the exhibitions listed below, email the appropriate address with the exhibition title in the subject line. See individual exhibition descriptions for deadlines, notifications, and additional requests for relevant info. If you wish to apply for more than one exhibition, please send a separate email for each and make your application specific to the exhibition.

 


 

Hotel Wars (October 2015) ** OPEN CALL STILL RUNNING!
Hotels are popping up left and right in LIC.  What makes each hotel unique? Who are the people inside of them? Flux Factory is organizing the first LIC Olympics to answer these questions. We’re calling upon hotel guests, neighbors, and tourists to fight for glory. Flux is seeking game designers, artists, musicians, and performers to collaboratively invent games and challenges, create anthems and ceremonies, and design team crests and costumes. We’ll stage actions both inside participating hotels and outside during a block party. Together we’ll engage a wide range of participants and encourage everyone to think critically about the expansion of tourism and hotels in LIC.

It’s not about ratings, it’s not about pools, it’s about who can win in a battle of wits, strength, and agility.

Please send your proposal to exhibitions@fluxfactory.org. In your project proposal, please also tell us about one experience you’ve had in a hotel. Applications are due June 15st, and applicants will be notified mid-June.

 


 

Counterfeiting For Cash (February 2015)
In early 2015, we’ll be hosting a show about counterfeits and counterfeiting. We are looking for artworks (real, fake, or really fake) and interventions that might:

– confound notions of authorship & authenticity
– engage the public
– engage social media
– intervene in hubs of culture and commerce (such as museums’ collections and galleries)
– can be sold on the black market

Please send proposals to p.picasso@fluxfactory.org by January 1st and include a link to your work.

 


 

STROBE Network (June 2015)

STROBE Network is a temporary channel set to broadcast in June 2015 via live internet stream as part of Flux Factory’s 2015 programming. STROBE Network is a platform for artists to envision what they want out of mass communication that conventional programming denies. In addition to internet streaming STROBE Network will welcome a studio audience for live tapings at the sound stage in the Flux Factory gallery in Queens, NY and offer kiosks and viewing parties at a variety of off-site host spaces.

We welcome submissions for live and pre-recorded works that make use of broadcasting as a means of presenting artworks. We are interested in performance, sound, new media, objects, and video art. All media and concepts are encouraged to apply. There are three ways to get involved with STROBE Network:

  1. Submitting works for broadcasting
    1. Suggestions: Episodic works, fine art, entertainment, pirated materials, humor, mind expansion, electric boogaloo, art objects, movement, and noise
  2. Proposing a position at the network
    1. Suggestions: Abstract interpretations of major network roles, executive, weatherman, vj, daytime host, late night band, food stylists, experimental marketers, coders, animators, gif artists, sound designers, web technicians
  3. Joining the project as a host space
    1. Suggestions: Art Spaces, web publications, and venues that want to host viewing events or programming, spaces in the NYC area interested in hosting a kiosk.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

  • You may apply as an individual or a group
  • No length requirements—your proposed project can be anywhere from a few seconds to several hours
  • Please email your submissions in .pdf format to strobe@fluxfactory.org and include:
    • A description of your proposed project or position for STROBE Network, no more than 500 words
    • CV
    • Optional artist statement or bio (no more than 200 words)
    • What reality show, existing or fabricated are you most likely to be featured on? (no more than 100 words)
    • Up to 10 examples of your work: images submitted as a single pdf or no more than 3 videos submitted as public links

All submissions due February 15th, 2015.

 


 

Flux Factory’s 2015 Exhibitions program is supported supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Summer & Fall 2015 Residencies

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Flux Factory is excited to announce a new application for Summer & Fall 2015 residencies!

Flux Factory is a 20 year old non-­profit arts organization, artist collective and international residency program committed to building a sustainable community for diverse cultural producers, including visual artists, builders, curators, activists, musicians, writers, etc.

We’re looking for cultural producers of all kinds to join the Flux community for
3 / 6 / 9 / 12 month residencies.

Flux Factory cultivates a spirit of openness and generosity through a unique collaborative and participatory approach to realizing its residency and public programs. Fluxers benefit from an immersive and prolific environment that encourages experimentation and peer to peer resource sharing. Residents work together to shape and realize Flux’s expansive programming, proposing and leading exhibitions and educational events. Flux Factory nurtures individual practices by offering professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons.

Our labyrinthine building includes 14 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, woodshop, coworking office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden.

Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Flux Factory can help with this process.

APPLY HERE!

Application Deadline: May 8th at 11:59 PM
Please send any questions to residency@fluxfactory.org.

 

 

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Flux’s 9th Annual Benefit Auction 2015

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Save that date!  Flux Factory’s 9th annual “Not-So-Silent” Art Auction is coming up on April 23rd, 7-10pm at 79 Walker Street in Manhattan. Celebrate with hundreds of your closest friends in support of one of New York City’s most unique and longstanding residency programs.  This benefit event supports Flux’s 2015 operations — over 50 artists-in-residence, who produce over 40 exhibits, concerts and workshops in addition to 4 major annual group exhibitions.  Additionally, we will host a 2 week opportunity for online bidding, beginning April 8th, hosted on Paddle8.  The Art Auction is always a fabulous time, with an open bar, light fare, DJs, sideshows, and of course the art — over 75 works from Flux artists-in-residence and friends such as Genesis P Orridge, Swoon, Cecily Brown, Richard Garet, Tod Seelie and a very, very many more.

We’re humbled to include this year’s guests of honor, Alanna Heiss (founder of PS1, director/founder of Clocktower) and Pablo Helguera (pioneering social engagement artist).  The auction is presented in loving memory of old-school Flux resident Matthew Power.  Nathaniel Sullivan will MC the festivities, with DJ Ben Dierckx on the 1s and 2s.

Levels of Support

Our tickets to this year’s auction refer to Flux’s 2014 major exhibitions:

Night Life $45 includes one auction ticket ($55 at the door, save $10 by pre-ordering!)

Homecoming Queen $125  includes one auction ticket + limited edition print produced in the Flux silk-screen studio by Artist-in-Residence Lena Hawkins + acknowledgement as auction patron in promotions.

Exquisite Contributor $250 includes two auction tickets + limited edition “moon calendar” print produced in the Flux silk-screen studio by Artist-in-Residence Lena Hawkins + Flux’s 20th anniversary publication + acknowledgement as auction patron in promotions.

Utopia Builder $1000 includes a block of 10 tickets for you and your friends + everything exquisite contributors receive + our limited box set of Flux-commissioned artworks + highly visible acknowledgement for your contribution.
ONLINE TICKETS ARE NOW CLOSED

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This year’s auction features works by:

Adriana Atema, Ayden Grout, Chloe Bass, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Merche Blasco, Aliya Bonar, D. Carlton Bright, Cecily Brown, Miguel Cardenas, Jacob Ciocci, Eric Leiser, Eric Corriel, Kerry Cox, Danny Crump, Donald Daedalus, Mark Dion, Kerry Downey, Zackary Drucker, E Team, Caitlin Foley, Richard Garet, Elliot Green, Ayden Grout, Drew Hamilton, Lena Hawkins, Wieteke Heldens, Pablo Helguera, Scott Hirst, Connie Hockaday, Haley Hughes, Rodrigo Imaz, Carina Kaufman, Tina Kohlmann, Danae Lagoy, Christine Laquet, Fabienne Lasserre, Jonah Levy, Michelle Levy, Robert Levy, Kayrock, Yeni Mao, Sean McIntyre, Valentina Medda, Martina Mrongovius, Alex Nathanson, Heidi Neilson, Alison Nguyen, Leah Oates, Will Owen, Adrian Owen, Paul Pauper, Dan Phiffer, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Steve Pavlovsky, Misha Rabinovich, Duke Riley, Pete Rogina, Kathryn Sclavi, Tod Seelie, Ben Seretan, Ward Shelley, Dana Sherwood, Ingrid Staats, Jeff Stark, Pierre St-Jacques, Sto Len, Swoon, Kazue Tagachi, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Walker Tufts, Roopa Vasudevan, Tomas Vu, Angela Washko, Andrea Wolf, Christine Zapata.

Our auction would not be possible without our fearless Auction Committee, including…

Jean Barberis (chair), Janet Oh, Sally Szwed, Julian Navarro, Beth Colleton, Jakab Orsos, Roddy Schrock, Elyse Mallouk, Asher Remy-Toledo, Andrea Wolf, Jennie Lamensdorf, Christopher Day, Victoria Rogers, Chloe Bass, Sarah Watson, Juliana Driever, Melanie Cohn, Nathalie Angles, Jake Pratt, Jason Brown, Carina Kaufman, Jeff Stark, Morgan Meis, Oriana Leckert, Stephanie Griffin, Scott Hirst, Carl Rutberg, and Martina Mrongovius.

Thank you for support from…

Cory Arcangel, Barry Haggard, Klaus Biesenbach, Angela Goding, Francis Greenburger, Ralph Crispino, Susan Shaw, Andrew Tarlow, Perry Chen, Brittni Zotos, Laura Lupton, Creative Time and Michaela Martegani.

And a massive THANK YOU to our auction sponsors!

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February Flux Thursday

Thursday February 12th
Dinner at 8 pm. Presentations begin at 9:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

Wieteke Heldens “I am trying to make a point” 2013, marker on canvas, 50x150cm

Join us for the next Februray Flux Thursday with presentations by Wieteke HeldensKayti Didriksen, Duo Clakula, and the keepers of the Exquisite Contraption here at Flux. Artist Wieteke Heldens will speak about her upcoming show, “Painting, Painthing, and Paintthing” and how it has changed in the last few years since her last show at Flux in 2011. Artist Kayti Didriksen will present a talk on the practice of blind contour her work and process. Ashley Bell Clark and Matej Vakula will speak about their collaborative practice, Duo Clakula, an organization committed to the advancement of innovative and alternative positions in the arts and public sphere, involving DIY, science and politics. Finally, Jason Eppink, Alex Nathanson, and Adrian Owen, keepers of Flux Factory’s Exquisite Contraption, will deliver a hopefully not too premature postmortem on the building-wide Rube Goldberg machine and monument dedicated to, among other things, the glory of failure.

Dinner designed by Alisha Monypenny

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Exquisite Contraption: Quit While You’re Ahead Party

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Over the last year, a giant Rube Goldberg machine has activated the walls, ceilings, and stairways of Flux Factory. Its gears, levers, servos, ball tracks, toy cars, cameras, catapult, and shredder have been busy, completing the machine’s task to create a living record of its residents. Against all odds, it’s operated flawlessly; we set out to make a machine to last a year, but we created a machine to last a million years.

Sadly, the end draws near. In the spirit of impermanence, unpredictability, and glorious failure we invite you to QUIT WHILE YOU’RE AHEAD, the final party celebrating the Exquisite Contraption. We’ll set off the machine throughout the night to the sounds of DJ Vinyl Richie and Lost Colony (DJ Great Boyfriend, DJ Corey Hell, and DJ SEAARCH) until everything devolves into a dance party.

The Exquisite Contraption was created by Stephanie Avery, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Eppink, Justin Lange, Adrian Owen, Amelia Marzec, Alex Nathanson, Nick Normal, and Eric Petersen

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Past Press for Exquisite Contraption:

Animal NY – http://animalnewyork.com/2014/flux-factory-rube-goldberg/

Impose Magazine – http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/exquisite-contraption-flux-factory

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