Hogshead Hoedown


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.

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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.

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Open Call: 2015 Exhibition Season



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.


  • 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.


Application Deadline: May 8th at 11:59 PM
Please send any questions to residency@fluxfactory.org.



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Flux’s 9th Annual Benefit Auction 2015


Save that date!  Flux Factory’s 9th annual “Not-So-Silent” Art Auction is coming up on April 23rd, 7-10pm at 79 Walker Street in Manhattan. Celebrate with hundreds of your closest friends in support of one of New York City’s most unique and longstanding residency programs.  This benefit event supports Flux’s 2015 operations — over 50 artists-in-residence, who produce over 40 exhibits, concerts and workshops in addition to 4 major annual group exhibitions.  Additionally, we will host a 2 week opportunity for online bidding, beginning April 8th, hosted on Paddle8.  The Art Auction is always a fabulous time, with an open bar, light fare, DJs, sideshows, and of course the art — over 75 works from Flux artists-in-residence and friends such as Genesis P Orridge, Swoon, Cecily Brown, Richard Garet, Tod Seelie and a very, very many more.

We’re humbled to include this year’s guests of honor, Alanna Heiss (founder of PS1, director/founder of Clocktower) and Pablo Helguera (pioneering social engagement artist).  The auction is presented in loving memory of old-school Flux resident Matthew Power.  Nathaniel Sullivan will MC the festivities, with DJ Ben Dierckx on the 1s and 2s.

Levels of Support

Our tickets to this year’s auction refer to Flux’s 2014 major exhibitions:

Night Life $45 includes one auction ticket ($55 at the door, save $10 by pre-ordering!)

Homecoming Queen $125  includes one auction ticket + limited edition print produced in the Flux silk-screen studio by Artist-in-Residence Lena Hawkins + acknowledgement as auction patron in promotions.

Exquisite Contributor $250 includes two auction tickets + limited edition “moon calendar” print produced in the Flux silk-screen studio by Artist-in-Residence Lena Hawkins + Flux’s 20th anniversary publication + acknowledgement as auction patron in promotions.

Utopia Builder $1000 includes a block of 10 tickets for you and your friends + everything exquisite contributors receive + our limited box set of Flux-commissioned artworks + highly visible acknowledgement for your contribution.

RSVP on Facebook here!

This year’s auction features works by:

Adriana Atema, Ayden Grout, Chloe Bass, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Merche Blasco, Aliya Bonar, D. Carlton Bright, Cecily Brown, Miguel Cardenas, Jacob Ciocci, Eric Leiser, Eric Corriel, Kerry Cox, Danny Crump, Donald Daedalus, Mark Dion, Kerry Downey, Zackary Drucker, E Team, Caitlin Foley, Richard Garet, Elliot Green, Ayden Grout, Drew Hamilton, Lena Hawkins, Wieteke Heldens, Pablo Helguera, Scott Hirst, Connie Hockaday, Haley Hughes, Rodrigo Imaz, Carina Kaufman, Tina Kohlmann, Danae Lagoy, Christine Laquet, Fabienne Lasserre, Jonah Levy, Michelle Levy, Robert Levy, Kayrock, Yeni Mao, Sean McIntyre, Valentina Medda, Martina Mrongovius, Alex Nathanson, Heidi Neilson, Alison Nguyen, Leah Oates, Will Owen, Adrian Owen, Paul Pauper, Dan Phiffer, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Steve Pavlovsky, Misha Rabinovich, Duke Riley, Pete Rogina, Kathryn Sclavi, Tod Seelie, Ben Seretan, Ward Shelley, Dana Sherwood, Ingrid Staats, Jeff Stark, Pierre St-Jacques, Sto Len, Swoon, Kazue Tagachi, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Walker Tufts, Roopa Vasudevan, Tomas Vu, Angela Washko, Andrea Wolf, Christine Zapata.

Our auction would not be possible without our fearless Auction Committee, including…

Jean Barberis (chair), Janet Oh, Sally Szwed, Julian Navarro, Beth Colleton, Jakab Orsos, Roddy Schrock, Elyse Mallouk, Asher Remy-Toledo, Andrea Wolf, Jennie Lamensdorf, Christopher Day, Victoria Rogers, Chloe Bass, Sarah Watson, Juliana Driever, Melanie Cohn, Nathalie Angles, Jake Pratt, Jason Brown, Carina Kaufman, Jeff Stark, Morgan Meis, Oriana Leckert, Stephanie Griffin, Scott Hirst, Carl Rutberg, and Martina Mrongovius.

Thank you for support from…

Cory Arcangel, Barry Haggard, Klaus Biesenbach, Angela Goding, Francis Greenburger, Ralph Crispino, Susan Shaw, Andrew Tarlow, Perry Chen, Brittni Zotos, Laura Lupton, Creative Time and Michaela Martegani.

And a massive THANK YOU to our auction sponsors!

Flux-Auction-Sponsors-horizontalThank you to Art F City and The Brooklyn Rail for promotional support.  Brews at the auction are lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.  Austin’s Deep Eddy Vodka will feature their 5 vodka flavors, infused with real fruit juice, and will collaborate with Polar Soda for mixed drinks and non-alcoholic options.

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February Flux Thursday

Thursday February 12th
Dinner at 8 pm. Presentations begin at 9:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!

Wieteke Heldens “I am trying to make a point” 2013, marker on canvas, 50x150cm

Join us for the next Februray Flux Thursday with presentations by Wieteke HeldensKayti Didriksen, Duo Clakula, and the keepers of the Exquisite Contraption here at Flux. Artist Wieteke Heldens will speak about her upcoming show, “Painting, Painthing, and Paintthing” and how it has changed in the last few years since her last show at Flux in 2011. Artist Kayti Didriksen will present a talk on the practice of blind contour her work and process. Ashley Bell Clark and Matej Vakula will speak about their collaborative practice, Duo Clakula, an organization committed to the advancement of innovative and alternative positions in the arts and public sphere, involving DIY, science and politics. Finally, Jason Eppink, Alex Nathanson, and Adrian Owen, keepers of Flux Factory’s Exquisite Contraption, will deliver a hopefully not too premature postmortem on the building-wide Rube Goldberg machine and monument dedicated to, among other things, the glory of failure.

Dinner designed by Alisha Monypenny

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Exquisite Contraption: Quit While You’re Ahead Party


Over the last year, a giant Rube Goldberg machine has activated the walls, ceilings, and stairways of Flux Factory. Its gears, levers, servos, ball tracks, toy cars, cameras, catapult, and shredder have been busy, completing the machine’s task to create a living record of its residents. Against all odds, it’s operated flawlessly; we set out to make a machine to last a year, but we created a machine to last a million years.

Sadly, the end draws near. In the spirit of impermanence, unpredictability, and glorious failure we invite you to QUIT WHILE YOU’RE AHEAD, the final party celebrating the Exquisite Contraption. We’ll set off the machine throughout the night to the sounds of DJ Vinyl Richie and Lost Colony (DJ Great Boyfriend, DJ Corey Hell, and DJ SEAARCH) until everything devolves into a dance party.

The Exquisite Contraption was created by Stephanie Avery, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Eppink, Justin Lange, Adrian Owen, Amelia Marzec, Alex Nathanson, Nick Normal, and Eric Petersen

RSVP on Facebook here.

Past Press for Exquisite Contraption:

Animal NY – http://animalnewyork.com/2014/flux-factory-rube-goldberg/

Impose Magazine – http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/exquisite-contraption-flux-factory

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Counterfeiting for Cash


Counterfeiting for Cash
February 27 – March 22
Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays Noon-6PM
Monday-Friday viewable by appointment only.  
Opening celebration February 27 at 7 pm.

Flux Factory is proud to present Counterfeiting For Cash, an exhibition that confronts notions of authorship and authenticity, value, and celebrates ingenuity. Twelve artists have been commissioned to intervene in the systems we rely on to establish value, or investigate the rich history of unexpected counterfeits of ubiquitous and readily available objects.

From February 27th to March 22nd, the Flux Factory gallery will function as a hub for these counterfeits, as they are inserted into the systems they will exploit: Craigslist, the dark web, antique shops, the art market, and major universities; or manipulate value we take for granted: branding, ubiquitous chachkies, eggs, and the value of a quarter. These artworks will go far beyond the gallery, and touch the lives of investors, collectors, shoppers and eaters. This exhibition is a window into a real world where nothing is what it seems, and the motives of the makers are dubious, confounding, and irreverent.

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 information forthcoming here, on Facebook and Twitter.



Counterfeiting for Cash is one of Flux Factory’s Four Major Exhibitions of the 2015 Season and is 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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Together We Are Stronger: Greater Brooklyn Zine Release and Workshops

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Friday January 16th- Sunday January 18th

“Together We Are Stronger” is a celebration, education, and community building event that includes a zine release party and a weekend long series of workshops, forums, and skill-shares. We strive to connect the cooperative and collective peoples of greater Brooklyn, promote our community-culture and spaces, and provide opportunity for the involvement of all.

☞ FRIDAY (Jan. 16th)

7:30 – 1:00am // PARTY // A fundraiser for the zine! DJ’s will be spinning all night, live visuals will bathe you in light, the bar will be serving up delicious cocktails, there will be participatory art, a barter wall, surprise performance art, a zine distribution table (bring zines you want to distribute!!), live screen-printing courtesy of the OWS Occupy Wall Street Screen Printers, amazing people to meet, and – of course – plenty of Greater Brooklyn zines there for pickup! There’s also an epic RAFFLE with lot’s of amazing prizes! Not to be missed!!!

DJ sets by:
// DJ Area D
// DJ Make Believe
// Vinyl Richie
// DJ Housewife
// Stewey Decimal

Live visuals by:
// The Illuminator

SATURDAY (Jan. 17th)

11:00 – 12:45 // PANEL // Radical and Cooperative Businesses // How do we align our values and economic activity? This panel includes members of cooperative businesses discussing everything from the ‘how-to,’ to best practices.

1:00 – 2:45 // WORKSHOP // How to Facilitate a Consensus Meeting // This two hour workshop combines consensus theory with facilitation practice. Techniques include place and agenda setting, brainstorming techniques, proposal formation, and setting action items.

3:15 – 4:30 // WORKSHOP // Intro to Zine Making // A how-to for the initial steps of putting together a zine. This will include gathering and arranging content, printing, folding and binding techniques, and more!

4:45 – 6:15 // WORKSHOP // Cottage Industries: Live/Work Cooperatives // Description forthcoming

6:30 – 7:45 // WORKSHOP // Self Help Housing Research 101 + Q&A // This workshop will provide you with the research tools you need to investigate your landlord and your building, from a “knowledge is power” perspective. We will particularly focus on the fundamentals of rent regulation, and how to determine if you are being (legally-speaking) overcharged for rent. Question/answer to follow, as well as a discussion about how to move forward in fighting for housing justice in Brooklyn and beyond.

8:00 – 9:00 // FIELD TRIP // Dumpster Diving // Approximately 40% of good food in America ends up in a landfill uneaten. Dumpster diving (salvaging food) is one great way to help stop unnecessary waste and supplement your diet! We’ll be guiding you on a trip to a magical dumpster a short bike ride from Flux. To join, you must have: Bicycle, large backpack, flashlight.

SUNDAY (Jan. 18th)

11:00 – 12:30 // DISCUSSION // An informal discussion facilitated by SolidarityNYC about how we conceptualize economies and our place in them, drawing on activities and examples from J.K. Gibson-Graham’s Take Back The Economy.

12:45 – 2:00 // WORKSHOP // The Communes of New York // How to start an FEC modeled communes in NYC, presented by members of Point A and communards from F.E.C. communities.


Greater Brooklyn is a project that seeks to facilitate communication, cooperation, cultural sharing, and growth within radical spaces in Brooklyn and beyond. The main output of the collective is a quarterly zine that’s released with the seasons, and is distributed widely amongst radical spaces in the Brooklyn area. You can read past issues on our website. If you’re interested in getting involved, send us a message! Visit our website and stay tuned for more!

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January Flux Thursday

Thursday January 8th
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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This month’s Flux Thursday, organized by Flux Artist-in-Residence Valentina Medda, will focus on the relationship between the body and architecture with particular focus on the idea of sensuality as a way to reconsider how we relate with space and place: a way that is creative, playful and physical rather than rational, unemotional and disconnected. How can we, as artists and activists, open up a space of freedom in a constrictive urban space?

During the evening will draw a line between different ways to think of our relationship with architecture. Jaime Iglehart will present pieces of a work in progress, Architecture of La Zad: selected moments from a visitor’s lens, a work which looks at the detailed innovation of anarchic architecture, composed in a space who’s circumstances of conflict constantly shape its growth; Valentina Medda will share some considerations (and images) on the possibility to, through our senses, developing a sense of belonging to our environment, and therefore a sense of community and responsibility toward the place we life in and are part of; Stephen Polk will talk about the transformative act of physically intervening in space as a means to resist injustice and capitalism.

After the presentations, Kathryn Sclavi will propose a participatory art experience dedicated to develop new cognitive strategies for spatial negotiation. Participants will be encouraged to explore Flux Factory as a navigator, using their emotional state as a guiding point to locate places or situations within the space.

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