✂ Chopped and Slopped Breakfast ♨

Chopped and Slopped Breakfast

Sunday May 17th, Noon-3pm

Wake up with the sounds of Yung Tuss, Fade Sunshine, DJ Bearings, and WFMU’s Nat Roe playin’ all chopped and slopped, throwed and slowed, screwed n chewed live Noon to 3 inside the Flux Factory kitchen and roof deck. Spinnin down dancehall and dub, Sade, drip hop, shangaan electro, smoove disco dan, and sure, Elton John slow jams.

Eatin: French Toast with Sizzurp and lots of toppings

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July Flux Thursday

Thursday July 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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Flux Factory is pleased to present a night of feasting and artistic inquiry with a nomadic spin. This month’s Flux Thursday appeals to the adventurers, explorers, and wanderers among us as we investigate what it means to make art on the move. The night’s presentations will include artists who incorporate travel, migration, and mobility into their modes of production and practice. These artists take on different approaches: moving between environments as the impetus to create, making art in moving places, or forgoing the stability of a static location completely.

Will Owen will perform a new sound design commissioned for the Copenhagen Metro System as part of Copenhagen Art Week. The piece combines simple melodic elements with field recordings capturing the different neighborhoods of this thriving and multi-faceted city. Valentina Medda will present. Noelia Portela from Elbowroom Moving Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand will discuss the opportunities for experimentation and innovation afforded by mobile formats of engagement, focusing on a recent project merging food and design. Jasmine Stein and Lena Takamori will screen their short film entitled Walking Long Towards the Sky, a poetic document of the meeting of a drummer and dancer from two life journeys that speaks to the solitary anguish of placelessness and strength of rootedness communicated through poetry, music and movement. It was filmed in Brooklyn and shown in Trinidad during Carnival.

Nomadic cuisine designed by Jemila MacEwan & Maddie Hewitt.

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May Flux Thursday

Thursday May 14th
Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

Jemila MacEwan Maiden (Grass) Voyage, 2013

Spring is here and Flux is in motion. This month, in conjunction with LIC Arts Open we’ll host a sidewalk BBQ, exhibition preview and artist talks.

The artists invited to speak this month are interdisciplinary, working in a multitude of approaches and media, ranging through performance, sculpture, video, projection mapping sound-based media and creative coding. Roopa Vasudevan will speak about her technology-based, socially conscious artwork and give a preview of her exhibition “Hands Up”, a collaboration with Atif Ateeq, opening the following day at Flux Factory. Freya Powell is a Brooklyn-based artist, working in photography, text and time-based media; she will talk on the process of finding a medium for memory. David Kagan will talk about his work as a myth-maker, performance artist and musician. Jemila MacEwan current resident of flux will talk on the unpredictable transformations that occur when performance becomes documentation. Kathryn Sclavi, current Flux resident, will present a streetside interactive installation. In addition to our talks, Ben Seretan will lead an opening meditation. And Flux’s own Carina Kaufman will be lighting up the grill for the evening. The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

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The Menu for Mars Kitchen

Flux Factory Presents The Menu for Mars Kitchen at Pierogi’s The Boiler
Opening Reception May 29th
On view May 29th- June 20th
Open hours Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 pm or by appointment.
Organized by Heidi Neilson & Douglas Paulson


Join the Menu for Mars Supper Club as we pioneer a menu for the Red Planet, and construct an analog Mars kitchen.

From May 29 to June 20, the Menu for Mars Kitchen will be open to the public. Visitors are invited, alongside special guests, to prototype a dish using Mars­feasible ingredients. Dishes will be documented, sampled, evaluated, and vacuum­packed. At the exhibition’s end, the prototype dishes and a summary of findings will be sent to NASA to augment their preparations for colonizing Mars. The Kitchen will also test off­-Earth cultivation of edible plants and mushrooms, food preservation, and related topics through a series of workshop and events. See events here. Over the last year, Menu for Mars Supper Club met monthly with guest experts over dinner to consider how the circumstances on Mars would affect colonists’ food—and their physical, cultural, and psychological needs. The Menu for Mars Kitchen culminates these discussions and related research.

The Menu for Mars Kitchen will be open in The Boiler May 29 ­ June 20. Gallery hours are 12 ­ 6pm Thursdays through Sundays, and by appointment. Come and taste­-test the future!

Participating artists, gardeners, musicians, and cooks are: Albert Park, Alex Tsocanos, Alice Gorman, Anna Dabney Smith & David Grainger, Gil Lopez, Heather Kapplow & Thalia Zedek, Hoi Cheng, John Roach, Joshua Liebowitz, Justin Amrhein, Kerim Zapsu, Lindsay Iserman, Marco Castro, The Planetary Society ­New York City, Sian Proctor, Tattfoo Tan, Ward Shelley, Will Owen with Matthias Borello.


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Menu for Mars Supper Club HQ



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Holonomic: New Holograms by Eric Leiser

Holonomic: New Holograms by Eric Leiser
Opening Reception Friday May 1st, 6 – 9 pm
On view through May 11th
Open weekends 2-6 pm and by appointment (email info@holocenter.org)

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 The holographic image evokes with its multidimensional existence, eludes with its transparent volume and draws with perceptual phenomena the viewer into a philosophical paradox. The dynamic flux of perception understood through intuition is the idea of the intertwining of perceiver and perceived linked by light. The holographic image not only is spatial and color perception, the pure product of light, but this light coded information is always in the process of self-construction with our eyes, according to our movements and the point of view adopted. In Holonomic, Eric Leiser presents a series of luminous holographic images on Agfa Film of sculptures involving falling snow and light on splashing water made with a Ruby Pulse Laser in conversation with holonomic brain theory, developed by Neuroscientist Dr. Karl Pribram (1919-2015), a model of human cognition that describes the brain as a holographic storage network. Neuropsychology describes engrams as a means by which memory traces are stored as biophysical changes in neural tissue in response to external stimuli. This investigation of perception as the medium which can be applied to understanding all reality, Leiser points out how human cognition is intrinsically involved with co creating our perceived world.

Eric Leiser is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, animator, puppeteer, writer, holographer working in the New York and California. A graduate from CalArts Experimental Animation program, he creates animated and live action feature films and shorts as well as works integrating animation, holography, puppetry, painting, live performance and installation. His most recent solo exhibitions include Gallerie Du Haut Pave, Paris, France, All Things Project Gallery in New York, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Goldsmiths College of Art London, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum in San Diego. Group exhibitions include Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Holocenter, Cabinet Magazine, Mass MOCA among others. His stop motion animated/live action films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, MoMA, New Museum, The MIT Museum, The Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Museum, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas Museum de Buenos Aires, MASS MoCA,(BFI) British Film Institute, Four-Dimensions Space Art Museum, Beijing, CAFA Beijing, Aster Arts Plaza Hiroshima, Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, San Francisco Film Society, Goldsmiths College London, California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago among others. Eric is an alumni of CalArt’s Experimental Animation program.

This exhibition was funded by the Queens Art Fund Grant.

Join Leiser and guests for a discussion about the holonomic brain theory, May 3 @ 3 pm

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Inside the Stairs, at the Edges of My Body #1

Inside the Stairs, at the Edges of My Body #1

Opening & Performance
Friday April 17th 7 pm 
Final installation on view through Saturday 18th

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If we embrace these differences open-minded, nothing bad can happen. It’s when we point them out, and start calling them you and me, or mine and yours, that we lose our freedom and we start a war

Inside the Stairs, at the Edges of My Body #1 is a first study on borders- borders between self and other, inside and outside, past and present, intimate space and shared environment.

Marginalia: On the Edges of Art, Money & Access

Saturday April 18th, 12 pm

A brunch salon discussion led by Gabrielle Mertz on actions in the underground and overground of the art world, direct and applied interventions at the intersection of art, money, and access and reading from How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood” with editors Michi Jigarjian and Qiana Mestrich about the balance and unbalance within the intersection of life and art.

At the end of the brunch, the installation will be taken down through another intervention.

Please RSVP for brunch to vmedda@yahoo.it.

Valentina Medda is an Italian artist from Sardinia based in NY. She holds an MA in Philosophy and a certificate program from ICP –International Center of Photography.

Her work has been shown internationally in different venues: Copenhagen Photo Festival; Triennale  BOVISA -Milano; MANIFESTA07 –Bolzano; movie kill –Berlin;  TinaB_Prague’s Antibiennal; PERFORMA09 –NY; DUMBO Art Festival –NY; Palazzo della Gran Guardia –Verona; Couvent de Récollets –Paris; NoGallery NY 2011; Gallery ps 122, NY 2010.

She has been artist in residence in Les Bain:Connective-Brussel, 2006; in Rencontres internationals aux Recollets –Paris, 2011; Cité des Arts –Paris, 2012, OPEN CARE/FARE, Milan, 2014. She received the kodak Award, the  MOVIN-UP Award, the Master&Back Fellowship,  and the NYFA Mentorship for Immigrant artists. Among her recent publications, an article in the international review of Art and Psychology ; an interview on her work in the Art&Culture magazine EXCLAMA (Colombia); an article in the monthly art magazine Arte Mondadori (IT); an interview on her recent project “My Blood runs” in the webplatform Copypaste cultur;, and a photogallery on her interventional project “How to be beautiful”  in La Repubblica. She has been recommended for the 54th Venice Biennale. Her article “Arte e forma” will be published in Novembre in the “Quaderni di Piscoarte” for the international Psycological review. She’s currently an artist in residence in Flux Factory –NY.

Gabrielle Mertz is a visual artist and choreographer and serves as the Director of Collaboration House. As the Founder/Artistic Director of Ondine and Company, she created multimedia dance performances and site-specific installations for ten seasons. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe at the Cultural Center of Krakow, High Museum, International Dance Festival, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, 7Stages, King Plow Arts Center, and the Performance Space, among others. She is the recipient of commissions/awards from the Cultural Olympiad, City of Atlanta, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Center for Puppetry Arts, among others. Her work with nonprofit/international institutions includes The Carter Presidential Center, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Global Philanthropy, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Foundation for Arts & Humanities. She has taught/lectured at New York University, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Emory University, and Image Film & Video Center.

Michi Jigarjian is a visual artist and the Co-President of Baxter Street Camera Club NY. She is a co-founder of Secretary Press and New Draft Collective and received her M.F.A from ICP Bard. Recently her work was a commission by the Maritime Foundation to install a site specific exhibition on the historic sailboat Sherman Zwicker. Her books include Writing as Practice, How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood and the three volume series Mold. Jigarjian’s work has been exhibited internationally and she is a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency.

Special thanks to Adrian Owen!

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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!

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Counterfeiting for Cash Closing Reception

Counterfeiting for Cash
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.

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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

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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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