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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Galactic Drive-In

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Date + Time: Thursday, October 17th, 7 pm
Location: New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Flux Factory presents Galactic Drive-In, as part of Empire Drive-In, a month-long series of programming within a full-scale theater made out of wrecked cars as audience seating and a 40-foot screen constructed from salvaged wood.

During Galactic Drive-In, blast into low Earth orbit for a celebration of campy sci-fi, anyone-can-do-it filmmaking, and weapons of mass destruction. Flux Factory’s experienced space flight attendants will guide you through take-off procedures in preparation for the night’s features: Ed Wood’s classic “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, hailed by many as the “worst film in the history of cinema”, and “Hollywood Burn”, Soda_Jerk’s sci-fi copyleft epic more than 10-years in the making. Additionally, Flux Factory will premiere new work using props, costumes, and sets made entirely from reclaimed materials. Prior spaceflight experience not required.

Tickets are $15, $10 for NYSCI members, and can be purchased here.

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2014 Not-So-Silent Open Call

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Deadline for proposals: November 11th, 2013

We are excited to announce an OPEN CALL for our annual benefit! Flux Factory’s Not-So-Silent Auction has become one of the best art parties of the year, and we’re looking forward to making this one even more thrilling than the last. Check out photos from our previous auctions in 2012, 2011, and 2010.

We’re seeking a range of activities and experiments that will unfold on the evening of January 15th, 2014, at 79 Walker Street, NYC. Specifically we’d like to incorporate these elements into the festivities:


Last year LuLu LoLo welcomed our guests as The Mayor, Bean Gildsdorf gave aesthetic palm readings to help guests decide on which artwork to purchase, and the Rainbroz made a mesmerizing interactive light installation. What would you like to do during this year’s Not-So-Silent Auction?


We are looking for an extroverted individual who will activate the crowd by encouraging bidding via silent auction, introduce speakers during our Scrappy Awards ceremony, and addsome extra special sauce to this spirited event. Let us know why you would be perfect for this job.


Contribute your skills by creating a slideshow of compelling images, an absorbing video, an interactive installation, or some other kind of project that describes the important work Flux does or gets people in the bidding mood.


We’re looking for portable and/or participatory projects that guests can interact with and bring home with them, including GIF portraits, artsy manicures, food sculptures, decadent photo booths, etc.


Fitting with Flux’s mission, we’re always looking for ways to create and collaborate, so let us know if you’ve got an idea that doesn’t fit into the categories described above.

Send an email to christina@fluxfactory.org with “Auction Open Call” in the subject line, and include the following:

-One paragraph proposal explaining what you’d like to do or create for the event, what your motivation for participation is, and installation requirements (if any).
-5 images of relevant work or a sketch of the proposed project.
-CV

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Current Model Like New

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Reception: Saturday, October 12th, 6pm – 9pm
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Other locations: TBA

Current Model Like New uses the car dealership – a signifier of class divisions, commodity fetishism, and globalization – as its impetus. Artists Daniel Keller, Katja Novitskova, Jon Rafman, and Amalia Ulman will create new works, which will manifest as two vehicles and travel to new contexts throughout the exhibition.

Curated by Loney Abrams, Current Model Like New is part of Flux Factory’s 2013 exhibition season, and is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by 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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Flux Thursday: October 10, 2013

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October 10th, 7pm+
FREE!, but please bring something delicious to share

Imagine the solutions and energy our city could have if everyone who lived here had access to good healthy food, knew why it was their best option, and took pride in it and their health as an investment in their neighbors and the future.
- Detroit Food Justice Task Force

Come celebrate the harvest, share stories and recipes, and learn about what other community members, growers, and organizations are doing to create just and sustainable food systems in Long Island City.

Sign up to be a member of the Queens Action Committee brought to you by Flux Factory’s Community Organizer resident Dylana Dillon, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, City Harvest, and Hour Children Community Food Pantry. Talk land use with Smiling Hogshead Ranch, explore “Integrating Food Production into Green Building – Urban Environments” with Hellgate Farm, find out why kids are getting excited about Sprout By Design, and more!

Potluck starts at 7pm, [mini] workshops at 8:15pm, and music by Elana Belle Carroll on the rooftop at 9pm

We will be featuring food from local farmers, and beer from local brewers, but please bring a (vegetarian) dish and/or beverage to share.

Super gracious thanks to our sponsors!

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