Flux Thursday: December 12, 2013

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December 12th, 8pm+
FREE!, but please bring something delicious to share.

Join us for Flux Thursday, our monthly potluck dinner and art salon, which is organized this month by returning Flux Artist-in-Residence, Alex Young. Dinner starts at 8pm in the kitchen, and then around 9:30pm we’ll head to the gallery for artist presentations and performances.

Former Flux Artist-in-Residence Jaime Iglehart and mapmaker/web developer Eric Brelsford will present their project, “London Squats Archive,” an online map wiki that encourages users to submit data, histories and personal stories of London squats.  Jaime will also screen a short video about that exhibition (which involved squatting a 3 story warehouse building in east London!). Former Flux Artist-in-Residence Angela Washko will show a new video from a series in which she uses “strategic life simulator games” to explore the relationship between architecture, social constructs and free will as illustrated by AI placed in built anomalies. Friend-of-Flux Dylan Gauthier and current Flux Artist-in-Residence Jimmy Riordan will talk about their current projects, while Rachel Rampleman will present a selection of videos from her Bodybuilder Studies and Portraits series, in which she explores the intersection of hypermuscularity and femininity within the subculture of professional women bodybuilders.

Image courtesy Rachel Rampleman.

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Emi Nishiwaki: Lights in the Gloaming

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Opening: Wednesday, November 27th, 7pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: November 28th – December 5th, 1pm – 6pm (closed Monday, 12/2)

In the solo exhibition Lights in the Gloaming Flux Factory artist-in-residence Emi Nishiwaki will present her new works. In two installations, Sway of Dream and Constellation, Nishiwaki explores the alternation between parallel realms and the continuous shift of perspectives. Using performance as a starting point, she transfers key concepts into different media, including photography, drawing, video and fabric.

Click here for more information about Emi Nishiwaki.
The exhibition is curated by Flux Artist-in-Residence, Amelie Wedel.

Flux Thursday: November 14th, 2013

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November 14th, 8pm+
FREE!, but please bring something delicious to share

Join us for Flux Thursday, our monthly potluck dinner and art salon. Dinner starts at 8pm in the kitchen, and then around 9:30pm we’ll head to the gallery for artist presentations and performances.

Friend-of-Flux Sunita Prasad will present Presumptuous Gestures, an ongoing project initiated in 2012. This series of performances in public space, captured as video tableaux with a hidden camera, makes vivid the social codes of co-existence in urban space by breaking those codes with simple acts of physical touch. Visiting collective Reactor will discuss the current exhibition, Log!c ?stem, in relation to the group’s past work and different modes of production. They will reveal aspects of their approach to developing Log!c ?stem that might otherwise go unnoticed. Former Flux resident Meng-Hsuan Wu will screen documentation of the creation of Moment to Moment, a collective project made on the Flux premises, in which a school of goldfish tickle participants’ subconsciouses. Flux resident Adrian Owen will perform with his crew Any Size Mirror is a Dictator, a process-based dance-opera that problematizes reflective methodologies for researching “culture” by using them to research themselves. Any Size Mirror is a Dictator manifests as an installation and 12-15 evolving performances which force frenetically moving and singing bodies, live music, sculptural props, and spectators into experiential paradoxes surrounding relationality and subjectivity, materiality and immateriality, and meaning-interpretation vs. meaning-making. Matthew Gantt will present some compositions he’s been working on for hardware samplers and electronics, and giving a short talk on the sampler as instrument, formal structure in modern electronic composition, and how to expand these pieces for larger ensembles.

Image courtesy Sunita Prasad.

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Cyclists: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

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Date + time: November 7th, 7:00pm
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City

Is it ever okay to cautiously ride through a red light on your two wheels of steel? Are cyclist ticket blitzes a real thing in NYC? Is the new Bike-Share program a boon or a burden for the reputation of cyclists here?

Transportation Alternatives and Flux Factory collaborate on Cyclists: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities, a panel discussion about staying safe while NYC figures out its bike culture. We’ll discuss everything you should know about riding your bike, including what to do in case of a crash, insurance options, the anatomy of a ticket…and we’ll even delve into the inner-workings of a cop’s mind.

Flux Factory is a bike-friendly arts non-profit organization in Long Island City, Queens. Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters committed to better bicycling, walking and public transit in the five boroughs.


Steve Scofield (Moderator) is a longtime and daily cyclist in NYC, a 10-year former bicycle messenger, a Transportation Alternatives volunteer activist and the co-chair of the TA Queens Activist Committee, and a transportation planner at MTA NYC Transit.

Peter Beadle (Panelist) is a litigation attorney and long time resident of Rego Park, Queens. He is also a member of Transportation Alternatives Queens Activist Committee, where he advocates for a redesign of Queens Boulevard, and of Friends of the QueensWay, Queens Community Board 6, including its Transportation Committee. He is also Conductor of NYC Biketrain’s Central Queens route to Midtown.

Donald Aridas (Panelist) has served as a police officer with the NYPD for the past 8 years, where he is qualified for bike patrol. Previously Donald was a consulting transportation planner for 7 years in the private sector where he specialized in public transportation and bicycle projects. He is pleased to be a Transportation Alternatives member and volunteer, daily recreational and commuting cyclist, and a life-long Queens resident.

Steve Vaccaro (Panelist) is a daily cyclist in NYC; a volunteer activist for Transportation Alternatives as well as for StreetsPAC, a political action committee representing cyclists and the livable streets movement; and a lawyer specializing in representing cyclists.



This workshop is 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.
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Reactor: Log!c ?stem

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Dates: November 2 – 24, 2013
Hours: weekends in November, 1-6pm

EXHIBIT Open November 23rd & 24th, 1 – 6pm, or by appointment.

Visiting collective Reactor set out to gather, assemble, perform and exhibit a new work over four weekends at Flux Factory to develop Log!c ?stem.

‘Exhibit’ is the concluding phase of activity, and marks Reactor’s deliberate physical absence in the gallery space – having been resident and increasingly active in the space throughout the ‘Gather’, ‘Assemble’ and ‘Perform’ phases. The messy remains of the ‘Perform’ event have been compounded and congregated to create a more casual assemblage, akin to others encountered in the earlier phases of the project. Accompanying these objects is a video excerpt taken from a camera worn by Reactor during the ‘Perform’ event, which offers a partial history of sounds, atmosphere and spatial elements that made up earlier incarnations of the project. These remnants occupy the gallery allowing the new visitors to piece together what went before, and for those following each phase of the project the possibility to trace the assemblages, actions and anecdotes to their exhibited resting place.

To find out more about the earlier stages of the project visit the blog and get involved online.

This is an amended version of the text and images used to describe Log!c ?stem, that represents Reactor’s current thoughts on this project; they have been written in such a way as to accommodate further correction and revision. This information will be updated as the Log!c ?stem develops.

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About the collective: Reactor is an art collective based in the UK. Recent projects include: Dummy Button – KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany – 2013); MoMAMonarch – MoMA (New York, USA – 2013); The Green Man & Regular Fellows – Trade Gallery (Nottingham, UK – 2011); Double Take Triple Give – MoBY (Bat Yam, Israel – 2011); Big Lizards Big Idea – Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany – 2010); The Munkanon Centre – The Model (Sligo, Ireland – 2010).

Log!c ?stem is presented at Flux Factory during our 2013 exhibition season, as part of Curatorial Carte Blanche, a blank slate for one visiting collective to present a project in line with Flux’s ethos of cultural enrichment through community building and supporting the creation of experimental collaborative work. Log!c ?stem is 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. Additional support provided by Arts Council England and the British Council.

If you’d like to help support this project, please go to our Donate page.

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Islington Mill: Unguided Tour

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Date + time: Wednesday, October 30th, 6pm-9pm

A portal has opened at Flux Factory, allowing beings from another world to slip through, to explore and extract all that the city has to offer. For one night only visitors can join a free tour that is simultaneously guided and unguided, experiencing all that is familiar impossibly contorted into a unique perspective. Expect to enter a peculiar new realm, where ritual and initiation opens new dimensions where you may find souls locked in eternal repeats; action collapsing into digital space; an adventure through the multi-sensory guidance of beings from the moon; an uncanny experience with a smattering of silliness.

This unguided tour is a Fluxington Mill presentation, brought to life by members of the Salford-based Islington Mill: Volkov Commanders, Maurice Carlin, Rachel Goodyear and more!

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2013 DIYBA Tournament

Date + time: Sunday, October 27th, noon – until we win
Location: Cooper Park, Maspeth Ave & Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
Free! All ages!

Last year Flux Factory buried seven self-proclaimed D.I.Y. collectives/venues in a basketball tournament. It was a hot sweaty mess that day, and even though we shed some blood and tears, we proved victorious.

This year we defend our honor.

Happy Halloween 2013 DIYBA basketball tournament, featuring D.I.Y teams 285 Kent, Body Actualized, Death by Audio, Fitness / Red Light District, Roulette, The Silent Barn, Le Wallet, and returning champions, Flux Factory.

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*~also featuring~* THE CHEERLEADERS and their haunting halftime show with Nathan Whipple!

Brandon Perry as the referee, Miles Pflanz & Brian Blomerth as the announcers, with a speech from NYC Mayoral Candidate Ari Spool!

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Summit Dinner Conversation at Flux

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Flux Factory is excited to host a Summit Dinner Conversation with Creative Time in our communal kitchen on October 25th, 2013! We are pairing up with presenters Ana Maria Millan (Helena Producciones) and Ivet Curlin (What, How, and For Whom) to continue the conversations that start on the main stage at the Summit. The best “breakout groups” happen outside the conference site, especially when they involve dinner and drinks!

The dinner at Flux is open only to Summit attendees. Please see the Creative Time Summit Dinner Conversation site for more info.

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The Flux Priority

“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.

The Flux Priority from Flux Factory on Vimeo.

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Flux at Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair

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Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W 21st Street, NYC

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.

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