Help Flux Replace our Broken Front Window!

 

UPDATE 2/19/2016: We are happy to announce that we’ve currently raised $1100 to repair our broken window, although we are still seeking donations for upgrades.  An immense thank you to our supporters!  Meanwhile, the vandal has been arrested and we are happy to feel more safe and secure moving forward.

Flux Factory needs your help to replace our front window.  On Saturday February 13th, a vandal threw a wrench through the large glass pane for no clear reason.  Unfortunately, that coldest day of the winter left our artists-in-residence without proper protection from the elements, not to mention ill at ease.  While we’re investigating with the police and checking in with our insurance company, we can’t keep our facade boarded up for much longer.

When Flux gets knocked down, we get back up stronger!  Help us turn this setback into a step forward.  We’re seeking tax-deductible donations to replace (and hopefully improve) the large window that lets Flux Factory greet the world.

Please consider supporting Flux through the below Paypal button, or donate an amount of your choosing. If you’re unable to donate now, or want to get more deeply involved, consider participating in our Flux-a-Thon fundraiser on May 7, or volunteering to assist with our various building improvements (email nat@fluxfactory.org for more).

If our supporters provide $800, Flux can replace our pane with sturdy safety glass.
If our supporters provide $4000, Flux can retrofit our old-fashioned windows with double-pane glass to keep us warm, and keep Con Ed bills lower.

Click here to lend a hand with $50
Click here to create a window of opportunity with $100
Click here to join a higher pane with $500

To be frank, ever since we signed our lease extension through 2021, we’ve been warily eyeing our drafty loft-style windows which could be updated to improve insulation and lower heat costs.  If we can raise the extra money in the next week, artists for the next 5 years will be served through lower cost and better accommodations.  We’re already well underway with all kinds of improvements and amenities to make the next 5 years great, a notable part of which is supported by the generous Hyde & Watson foundation.  Thank you for supporting of our mission to provide affordable, quality space for emerging artists in an NYC that’s as tough as it is inspiring.  Please do reach out to our director Nat at nat@fluxfactory.org if you’ve got any feedback.

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Fung Wah Biennial Open Call

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In March 2016, Flux Factory will serve as a work and rehearsal space to create, perform, and install works in 3 separate Chinatown bus trips to 3 cities in the North Eastern U.S.

During each weekend in March 2016, a bus will leave NYC to venture to a new city and back. Artists are invited to create works to be presented specifically on the bus while en route traveling to their respective destinations. The audience will become a mixture of those who have knowingly signed up for the Fung Wah Biennial and those who are simply traveling by bus (i.e. innocent bystanders).

In each city we will partner with local artist-run spaces for lectures and tours to get to know better our neighboring city centers and their creative output. Each trip will be co-organized by Matthias Borello, Will Owen, or Sally Szwed.

The last week of the month will culminate in an exhibition held in the Flux Factory gallery, showing both documentation and replication of works from the month’s travels.

The impetus for this exhibition is three-fold:

-The possible, impending migration of many art spaces in New York City due to increasing cost of living

-The increase of global migration and asylum-seeking due to shifting climate / armed conflicts / globalized economies

-The incredible network of buses between Chinatowns in the Northeastern U.S. and beyond and honoring the closure of the original company, Fung Wah.

 

Additional events will occur at the MET Museum of Art’s MediaLab (info forthcoming).


We are interested in performance, social practice, lecture, food, sound, new media, innovative technology, objects, and video art. All media and concepts are encouraged to apply, however we are especially interested in work that explores migration, transitions, empathy of strangers, and exploration based sciences.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

  • Submit as one or multiple PDFs- whichever you prefer!
  • You may apply as an individual or a group
  • You MUST be available each weekend in March, 2016
  • Please email your submissions in PDF format to FungWah@fluxfactory.org and include:
    • A description of your proposed project for Fung Wah Biennial, no more than 500 words
    • CV
    • Artist statement or bio (no more than 200 words)
    • Up to 10 examples of your work: images submitted as a single PDF or no more than 3 videos submitted as public links
    • Image List, including brief descriptions (max 50 words per work) submitted as a single PDF (preferably included in the 10 examples of work PDF)
    • What is your wildest transportation story? (No word limit, attached as part of PDF)

Open Call deadline extended to January 1st, 2016.

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December Flux Thursday

Thursday December 10th
Dinner at 8 pm. Presentations begin at 9:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something (edible) to share!

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This month we’ve invited artists who are featured in Flux Factory’s last major exhibition of 2015, Test Patterns. Claire Corey will discuss her digital compositions created by combining painting, photography and printing techniques. Noémie Jennifer will explain her approach to image-making and how it informs her current xerox printer installation, This is Not a Test. Cha Tori will describe the color-mixing process he uses in his interactive light installation and will share a short story he wrote to accompany the piece. PARTYSHARD will play field recordings interspersed with spoken word elements to elucidate the collective’s piece, Precariousness of Feeling Anything.

Dinner will be lovingly designed by Fluxer Sarah Greenbaum and MC’d by Test Patterns curators Maddie Hewitt and Roopa Vasudevan.

Please join us for the final Flux Thursday of 2015, and bring something edible to celebrate!

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Test Patterns

December 5th -18th, 2015

Closing Reception:
December 18th, 6-10 pm

Gallery Open Hours:
December 9th-11th & 16th-18th
12-5 pm

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Test Patterns is a group exhibition that examines the ways in which we interact with technological standards.  Technological standards are visual, auditory, and mathematical references usually held by groups of people to define a physical measurement.  The works in Test Patterns offer an affectionate exploration of individual and collective agency claimed over technology, while exposing the limitations inherent in “universal” calibration techniques.

From color bars and tones to Pictures of Facial Affect (Ekman & Friesen 1976), the artists of Test Patterns have created their own patterns and standards–and have, in some cases, used pre-existing ones–as raw material to interpret, process, and generate entirely new artworks. This exhibit features work from seventeen artists who respond to technical standards using sculpture, drawing, video, sound art, performance, computation, and other media.

Participating artists include: Tom BurtonwoodClaire Corey,  Jason EppinkLouise Foo,  Genevieve HoffmanNoémie JenniferTyler KlinePatrick LeMieuxJesse MalmedDouglas McCulloh, Eric Mika; PARTYSHARD, Martha SkouKate SpeidelCha ToriA.P. Vague and Sarah Zimmer.

Curated by Maddie Hewitt and Roopa Vasudevan. Co-curated by Lee Tusman.

 

▴ Opening Reception ▴

December 5th, 6-10 pm

with performances by Kate Speidel 7-10 pm

 

▴ Closing Reception ▴

December 18th, 6-10 pm

with performances by Kate Speidel and A.P. Vague

 

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Pivot

November 20th-27th, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday November 20th,  6-9pm. Artist presentations at 7pm.


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Pivot is an international, multi-venue group art exhibition exploring processes of consuming and subsuming through multimedia, sculpture, sound, and research lecture.

The show features work from artists based in Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Denmark, San Pedro, New York and Boston.

Featured artists include:

Nadia Botello (Philadelphia, PA) installs a large, interactive sound installation inspired by how sound passes through bodies of water.

Karl Sandegård (Copenhagen, Denmark) shows multiple sculptural works that relate to lung capacity and making tangible what is normally invisible.

Misha Rabinovich & Caitlin Foley (Boston, MA / San Pedro, CA.) will be presenting new work based on their research with OpenBiome, a microbiota development lab in Boston.

Curated by Will Owen

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On November 6th a show with the same theme and name will open in Philadelphia at Little Berlin Gallery. The two shows will be mirror images of each other, but with slight variations, like concave and convex mirrors.

Additionally, November 21st at 11 am there will be a performance and lecture series on a chinatown bus running from New York to Philadelphia and back to New York the same evening at 6 pm. Beverage service, snacks and a light dinner is included. RSVP for this bus trip will be live October 15th, 2015 on LittleBerlin.org/pivot-bus-trip

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QuAC Fall Food Justice Potluck

Wednesday, November 4th

6:30pm @ Flux Factory

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The Queens Action Council (QuAC) is hosting its 3rd annual Fall Food Justice Potluck at the Flux Factory. Along with an inspired communal meal, we will premiere three locally shot and produced short food justice films, featuring several members of our Queens community and produced by QuAC’s own, Jonathan Argudo (and his LIC based film company, Dangerworks). Local farmers, CSA and food pantry workers, documentarians, and food activist will be in dialogue over dinner, join us and bring your potluck A-game!

Please email Tatiana Orlov at torlov@cityharvest.org to RSVP. If you can, please let us know what dish you can bring so we can plan the rest of dinner accordingly! We look forward to sharing dinner with you!

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A letter from Flux’s Director on 2016

Future site of the Windmill Community Garden, right across the street from Flux, where we’ll host public programs next year.

Flux is a slice of old-school NYC.  Like the 1960s’ “Flux Houses” in downtown Manhattan, our multidisciplinary family is prolific, socially engaged and scrappy.  Our nearly 50 artists-in-residence of 2015 produced just as many public events this year including group exhibitions, concerts, potlucks, panels, and the unclassifiable.  We commissioned dozens of new artworks (just Strobe Network itself included over 75 video artists), and we provided $30,000 for artistic work, in addition to providing the low-cost facilities and support that premise creativity.  Even before crunching all these numbers, we knew that Flux does more with less, and it’s all because we are a community that cares deeply about the singular civic role Flux performs.

Groups like Flux are an endangered species in today’s NYC, and the truth is that we’ve narrowly avoided displacement.  The day before Thanksgiving, Flux Factory signed a 5 year lease extension to remain in the Alfred Mainzer Greeting Card Factory.  We’re also very grateful to the Hyde & Watson Foundation for awarding us $9,000 to help patch up our building for coming years.  We love LIC and we’re thrilled to serve our neighborhood longterm.  This stability was hard-won and our real work toward permanent sustainability is just beginning.  We are setting a fundraising goal of $25,000 by 2017, and now is your first chance to join a revamped Friends of Flux program we’ll soon roll out in full force.  We aim to take Flux to a higher level, and we need your support to get there.

Fully tax-deductible support on the levels of $250, $500 or $1000 will make you a pilot Friends of Flux member, with overflowing thankfulness, perks & opportunities such as curator tours, studio visits, friends-only gifts and more.  Or donate any fully tax-deductible amount you like.

We’re pleased to announce that come Spring, we’ll partner in creating the Windmill Community Garden right across the street.  We can’t wait to host workshops, performances and cook-outs in a green space we’ll share with the Dutch Kills Civic Association, Growing Up Green Charter School, Newcomers High School & more neighbors.

In March, we’ll host the Fung Wah Biennial, a group exhibition taking place on Chinatown buses roving around DIY spaces in nearby cities.  This is just the first of four annual projects in which Flux will commission a group of artists to create new works on a theme – as always, our collectivist selection process uses an open call that includes artists both local and international, both emerging and established.

Even before we board those Chinatown buses, we’ll host new exhibitions and events produced by artists-in-residents Yi Zhou, Ariel Abrahams, Anna Bitkina & Maria Veits, Abigail Entsminger & Seth Larson, Gil Lopez, Ayden GroutTommy Nguyen, and Wieteke Heldens.  Meanwhile, Test Patterns co-curator Maddie Hewitt is headed to Claremont, France as part of a new partnership with Artistes En Residence — we’re building on Flux’s recent trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, to become an organization that routinely sends our artists out to the world.  We do not sleep much, to say the least!  Just last week, our current Residents met to select 20 new artists to interview among those who applied for 2016 residencies – we’re immensely excited to meet a group of folks diverse in creative practice and international in background, while commonly sharing a commitment to collectivism.

Roopa Vasudevan just wrapped up a Flux residency, during which she curated 3 exhibitions and created numerous artworks. Looking forward to her next Flux stint in Fall 2016!

On a more personal note — when I began working at Flux mid-2014, I knew I’d entered a deeply meaningful life course.  My love for Flux is only getting stronger as I’ve sounded the magnitude of what we do and can grow to achieve.  Just one wonderful friend I’ve made this year is Roopa Vasudevan — in her 3 month residency, she co-curated Hands Up, Test Patterns and our Flux-Artist-In-Residence group show, created many new artworks and even organized our secret santa!  Roopa shared a note with me: “Flux has been such a valuable place to me in the last couple of years. I really believe that I have met some of the best people in the world there, and have been incredibly fulfilled and productive throughout the duration of both my residencies. Curating the FAIR show this past Fall was such a treat because it gave me the chance to work with flux artists who I have known and admired from (quite literally) the first day I arrived, and I was so proud of the amazing and unique work that this crazy and talented group put together. Flux Factory holds an incredibly special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to being just as involved in the future.”

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November Flux Thursday

Thursday November 12th

Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.

The event is free, but please do bring something (edible) to share!

Drawings from “SuperTurd: The Shareable Biome” by Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich

Flux artists-in-residence Maddie Hewitt, Molly Haslund, Ariel Abrahams, and Sarah Greenbaum will perform works that are featured in the current Flux A.I.R. show (closing the following evening). In addition, F.A.I.R. curator Roopa Vasudevan will speak about the inspiration behind the theme of the show: the challenge to create new work in 21 hours or less.

We’ll also be taking a look at Flux resident Will Owen‘s new exhibition PIVOT, opening on November 20th. He’ll speak about the exhibition concept and the works that will be featured. And in addition to cooking with Will for dinner, Amanda Odmark will speak about her current cookbook project.

JOIN US! JOIN US! JOIN US!

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October Flux Thursday

Thursday October 8th

Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.

The event is free, but please do bring something edible to share!

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It’s October and some Fluxers are back from Russia (with love)! Will Owen and Lena Hawkins will give a post-mortem on the Perpetual Piñata Parlour, the absurdist game and performance that Flux created in St. Petersburg, Russia for CEC ArtsLink’s Art Prospect festival. Carina Kaufman and Jason Eppink will provide insights into Hotel Wars, Flux Factory’s month-long Olympic-style art throw down about rezoning in LIC, including Wish You Were Here postcards from the opening ceremonies and a sneak peek at the competitive month to come. Join us (with love)!

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Flux A.I.R. Show Closing Dance Party & Benefit

Artists-in-Residence Show Closing & Dance Party
Friday, November 13th, 9pm
Exhibition open all afternoon
*FREE*

 

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A.I.R. Show open for viewing 11/7 – 11/13

Flux Factory is turning 21! To celebrate, curator Roopa Vasudevan has challenged Flux artists-in-residence to produce new works within 21 hours.  Join us on Friday the 13th for a closing dance party to celebrate another year of Flux.

Thank you to Rockaway Brewing Co. & Deep Eddy Vodka for providing drinks!

Artists Include:
Ariel Abrahams
Donald Daedelus
Abby Entsminger
Jason Eppink
Sarah Greenbaum
Molly Haslund
Lena Hawkins
Wieteke Heldens
Bonella Holloway
Zuzia Juszkiewicz
Tina Kohlmann

Seth Larson
Ayden LeRoux

Tzu-Huan Lin
Gil Lopez
Alex Nathanson
Maddie Hewitt & Dylan Neely
Rob O’Connor
Will Owen
Caroline Partamian
Paul Kunihølm Pauper
Maya Quattropani
Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich
Lavinia Raccanello
Fatima Rodriguez
Eleanor Scholz
Walker Tufts (et al)
Roopa Vasudevan
Leah Weinstein

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More info on the A.I.R. show and Fall Benefit Banquet here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/835208163265597/
http://www.fluxfactory.org/fluxers/flux-turns-21/

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