More Art: Art Walks

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April 18, 2015
3:00 – 5:30 PM

More Art‘s Art Walk is coming to Flux Factory! Art Walks focuses on specific NYC neighborhoods that have a vibrant arts scene and a strong history of community.

On each walk we will visit the studio of a More Art artist and discover what they have been up to since collaborating with us. Honoring our commitment to local communities, we will also explore the neighborhood’s roots and recent developments, as well as its current art resources and art institutions. A historian, whose expertise lies in the neighborhood’s rich cultural history, will always accompany us on our walks.

Reservation is required and space is limited. Please contact Audra@moreart.orgto reserve your spot!

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April Flux Thursday

Thursday April 9th
Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

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“The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future.”– José Graziano da Silva

Spring has sprung! Come share stories and recipes, and learn about what other community members, growers, and organizations are doing to create just and sustainable food systems right here in Western Queens.

This April, Flux Thursday is co-hosted by the Queens Action Council (QuAC), The New York City Coalition Against HungerCity Harvest, Hour Children Community Food Pantry and Flux Factory’s community organizer in residence Gil Lopez. Come hear about the decentralized, collective farming model Hellgate Farm is deploying in Astoria. QuAc members will summarize the recently released NW Queens Community Food Assessment, and we’ll learn about upcoming living foods workshops at the Flux Factory and more!

Potluck starts at 7 pm, mini workshops at 8 pm.

We expect a spectacular showing of food and beverage just like our last food justice roundup, so bring your A-game to the potluck folks!

RSVP on Facebook here.

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Counterfeiting for Cash Closing Reception

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March 21 – An Evening of Fakes, and a Real Closing Reception 7 – 9 pm.

 

Join us on March 21st for a special look in to the world of some very unexpected counterfeits. Broc Blegen will discuss curating his collection of counterfeit masterpieces, and Joshua Liebowitz will take us on a tour of the counterfeit egg industry, show you where to find it on the dark web, and with a little luck, let you have a bite.

Participating artists: Broc Blegen, Cassidy Toner, Eric Doeringer, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Joshua Liebowitz, Kathryn Sclavi and Christine Zapata, Robert Levy, Sean Benjamin, Tega Brain, Tessa Rex, and Valentina Medda. Curated by Douglas Paulson.

More info on Counterfeiting for Cash and Facebook RSVP here.

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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.

RSVP on Facebook here.

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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.

 

RSVP on Facebook here.

 


 

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.

RSVP on Facebook here.

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.

RSVP on Facebook here.

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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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