2015 Not-So-Silent Auction Open Call

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Flux Factory’s annual “Not So Silent” Art Auction will return on March 12, 2015.  Join hundreds of your closest friends in the warm glow of gallery lit artworks, the warmer glow of an open-bar buzz, and the warmest glow of keeping Flux alive another year.  Yea and verily, when Flux crosses the East River to land on 79 Walker Street, we’ll take no prisoners and leave the earth scorched in our mission to…well…support nice artists to offer free, inventive culture to Queens year-round…we’ll stop at nothing!

Our Executive Director Nat would sure love to work alongside a dedicated volunteer in the coming months to help line everything up.  For the night of, we invite folks to pitch spectacles, side-shows and decorations.  In the past, we’ve had bathroom valets, photo booths, knock-off masterpiece painters – we’re interested in quirky ideas to add to the fun without overshadowing the seriousness of the art auction.  No need to go through the formal process as with our other exhibitions on this one — if you’d like to get involved, email nat@fluxfactory.org with materials that get across your ideas and experience.

Check out photos from our previous auctions in 201420122011, and 2010.

Center for the Holographic Arts Presents: Parallax:Perspectives

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Parallax: Perspectives
Friday December 19th, 7pm-11pm

At years end, we always take a glance back at how the past twelve months affected us. But what if you could place the most effective moments in a single room and have them all play back at the same time?

At Parallax:Perspectives, we will be looking back in time but standing still in space. Maximus Clarke’s “Around the Clock”, a 3D panorama of our former home at the Clock Tower runs in a loop. Viewers may contemplate the relations between space and time and the tension between time’s linearity and its circularity — the renewal promised by each sweep of hands round the dial, each cycle of light and darkness. Jake Nelson’s live painting uses video that travels through New York City onto a blank canvas. Tracing the images for hours, the resulting canvas will be hundreds of layers of the city superimposed onto each other. Over time, the buildings and windows will become so overlaid that a sense of geographic space will be challenged.

Over a dozen artists will be bringing their installations from the Parallax series on Governors Island to Flux Factory’s gallery. For one night only you can see planes of light forming a cube in fog, while dots of light fire from a sculpture and spin in space. Also, while forming a sense of psychogeography developed from a day of exploring our summer island home, Erik Sanner will be projecting Governors Island of Cones, his collaboration with Pete Emerick and Glenn Amico. Legendary 3D artist Gerald Marks will be presenting a series of images from Governors Island’s history as well as the Holocenter’s history in Nolan Park and the ClockTower of LIC. Along with a number of thoughtful and stunning projection pieces, enjoy Eternal Now: culling from dozens of hours of footage shot from the roof of the Holocenter House, Carlton Bright’s 3D video installation melds the life of Nolan Park with light painting elements.

See traditional holograms, enjoy tasty refreshments, purchase affordable prints and celebrate a head-spinning 2014 while wishing us a successful 2015!

Carlton Bright
Todd Bryant
Dave Battin
Julian Burgess & Aurelia Moser
Maximus Clarke
Eric Corriel
Dafydd‐Dale Jones
Gerald Marks
Sam Moree
Jake Nelson
Ray Park
Steve Pavlovsky
Pete Rogina & Eileen Cohen
Erik Sanner, Glenn Amico & Peter Emerick
Kazue Taguchi

Curated by Jonah Levy

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December Flux Thursday

Thursday December 11th
Dinner at 8:30 pm. Presentations begin earlier at 6:30 and continue later at 9:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to top your pancakes!

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On Thursday, December 11th, at 8pm explore 10,000 years of grain at Flux Factory with a time-traveling pancake potluck dinner. Pancakes will be made with einkorn, one of the earliest cultivated grains; Kernza, a perennial grain currently under development at The Land Institute in Kansas; and Corn flour, a contemporary staple grain. Bring a historical or futuristic tasty topping to enjoy with pancakes.

Join us before, at 6:30, and after dinner to discuss Kitchens & Capitalism which examines the way different types of kitchens resist and/or replicate capitalism. The exhibit will collect drawings, models, diagrams and stories of different kinds of kitchens: historical, home, collective, and industrial. Performances and workshops will examine ways of performing the kitchen and how our performances of the kitchen shape our worldview. As part of our research we will map and remodel Flux Factory’s collective kitchen.

Kitchens & Capitalism involves Walker Tufts, Emily Ensminger, Greg Stewart, Carina Kaufman, Grace Amber, Hannon Welch, Will Owen, Athena Kokoronis, and others.

This project is partially funded by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant with special thanks to The Land Institute.  Flux Thursdays are supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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December Iron Chef Flux

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IRON CHEF FLUX: Sunday December 7th, doors at 8pm.
Competition begins at 8:30pm sharp!
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101
Cost: Free!

Join us for the most anticipated and contested battle of the culinary arts among Flux Factory eaters and, dare we say it, eaters of the world. Our Flux Iron Chefs will have 1 hour to prepare outrageous edible masterpieces that best articulate the flavor of the secret ingredient, unveiled at the beginning of the battle.

Midway through the competition our Culinary Scientist  will introduce a surprise additional secret ingredient from our local bodega, which all chefs must then incorporate into their dishes. Judges will be chosen from a random lottery from our studio audience: their taste buds alone will decide WHOSE CUISINE REIGNS SUPREME!!!

You won’t want to miss this evening of suspense, salivation, seduction, and sass. See you at the Kitchen Stadium. If you can’t be there, tune into our livestream video of the action (URL to be announced).

Emcee: Executive Director Nat Roe
Culinary Scientist: Walker Tufts
Livestream Specialist: Jason Eppink
Participating Iron Chefs: Aliya Bonar (current reigning Iron Chef), Lena Hawkins, Carina Kaufman, Gil Lopez, Will Owen, and more TBA.


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December 5 -6 
Opening Reception: December 5, doors at 7 pm.
December 6: open 4-7 pm.


“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” 

-Mahatma Gandhi

#FUEELESTADO is a project about the lack of social justice and the gross human rights violations in Mexico. It examines the conflict between state power and personal autonomy and responsibility, a conflict that, in Mexico, involves missing persons and unidentified bodies and that can’t be silenced anymore.

Since 2006, over 26,000 individuals have gone missing in Mexico as a result of the violence and mayhem caused by the law enforcement officials’ war on drugs. The 43 students from Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa who went missing while in the custody of Iguala’s police force in September 2014 brought these social justice violations to the forefront and world wide. This project is a wake up call to engage reality.

Lavinia Raccanello‘s work focused on the relationship between human beings, society and social justice, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice, and the conflict between state power and personal autonomy and responsibility.

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Flux Hospital


Flux Hospital
November 27 – 30: 1-6pm daily.
Opening Reception: November 27. Doors at 5pm, Thanksgiving potluck 7-10pm

Friday 28: Leftovers by Julia Sherman & Sarah Keough (2-5 pm)- A collective Thanksgiving sandwich competition (bring your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers).
Saturday 29: Where I end and you begin: A Beginner’s Guide to Listening by Kerry Downey (live, 2 pm) + Open discussion between participating artists, curator and guests on hospitality as tool and premise (4 pm).

FLUX HOSPITAL is an exhibition on social art practices that use and address hospitality as a central human force and resource. Through the artworks presented in the exhibition, made by a group of international artists, FLUX HOSPITAL asks: What is hospitality and how is it used as an artistic tool?

Acknowledgement, empathy, dialogue and inclusion are some of the key terms ascribed to social art practices, and FLUX HOSPITAL is a way of discussing these as proposals to think, act and meet other human beings in hospitable ways. Not to simply attack the xenophobia of contemporary life and culture, but also to argue that dialogue and acts of sharing can lead to bigger experiences, knowledge and happiness.

And what better occasion could there be to celebrate hospitality than the American tradition of Thanksgiving?

With works by: Kerry Downey, Sandy Smith (UK), Dillon de Give, Julia Sherman & Sarah Keough, Kenneth A. Balfelt (DK), Douglas Paulson & Rancourt/Yatsuk, Walker Tufts, Ayden LeRoux, Will Owen and artists from Flux Factory. Curated by: Matthias Borello (DK).

Matthias Borello is a Danish critic and independent curator focused on art practices, exhibition formats and curatorial strategies within social practices. In 2012, Matthias curated the international festival Visit Tingbjerg 2012 in a Copenhagen suburb. In fall 2014 he will publish a book on social practices in collaboration with Danish artist Kenneth A. Balfelt. Matthias currently lives in Copenhagen, where he is the co-founder and editor of the Danish art publication KUNSTEN.NU. Beside all of that, he loves drumming in any form.

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PB is coming to LIC

Quite a few Fluxers have their eyes on Participatory Budgeting (PB), a democratic way of dispersing city money for community projects.  Over the coming year, folks who live and work in some NYC neighborhoods (including our own neighborhood of Long Island City) will propose public works projects and collectively vote on a million dollars worth of improvements.  If you’re not in the Long Island City-ish district, check pbnyc.com to see if your neighborhood does PB.

You can get involved very soon.  Below you’ll find a calendar of upcoming Neighborhood Assemblies.  The first one is Thursday the 16th!  At these Assemblies, you can pitch ideas about improvement projects and work with others to develop the ideas into full approvals to get funded.  There you’ll see if Flux Factory’s idea to add slides next to subway stairs stands to be laughed at or voted up!

If you want to chat with us about PB, do email nat@fluxfactory.org to steer you in the right direction.

While the above video gives a general idea of why PB is good for NYC, nothing happens without you.  Don’t be an armchair critic of developments in the city, take a look at the below calendar and get thinking about some ideas to bring to the next Neighborhood Assembly.

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Painting, Painthing and Paintthing, (the verbs)

“The Legend” 2015 mixed media on canvas, 62×87

Painting, Painthing and Paintthing, (the verbs)

Preview February 19 by appointment.
Opening Reception February 20, doors at 7 pm.
Open hours Saturday February 21 and Sunday February 22 from Noon- 5 pm.

I am pleased to present my second solo show at Flux Factory: “Painting, Painthing and Paintthing, (the verbs).” I will show new work made during my third residency, but also look back at work made during my other two residencies in 2011 and 2012. I will reflect on them, resize them, give them new titles, or destroy them. In 2011 my show was about the “Paintings, Painthings and Paintthings.” Now it is about the “Painthing, Painthing and Paintthing (the verbs).” By giving old work a new meaning, by changing the size and the weight of a painting, by giving a painthing a new title or by destroying paintthings that are not functional anymore. I am also painting new work, painthing new work and paintthing new work. “I make paintings, painthings and paintthings. Often I tried to make my last painting but I never succeeded. I am consistently inconsistent and obsessively need the canvas to be able to understand life. In my work I use everything around me but turn these personnel anecdotes into abstract concepts. In my drawings I relentlessly repeat the same deed over and over again. I would like to be like Hanna Darboven or On Kawara, but I am not. There is often a conflict in my work that needs to be solved and that’s why I can’t stop painting.”

Wieteke Heldens (1982, Ottersum) graduated in 2007 at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Followed by a 2 year post-graduate in The Hague named DNA. During this time she worked in Chongqing, China at the Sichuan Fine Arts institute. Heldens exhibited in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and internationally in Switzerland, Belgium, France, Denmark and USA. In 2011 and 2012 Heldens was an artist in residence at Flux Factory in New York. In 2013 Heldens won the Royal prize for painting. She works and lives in New York and The Hague.

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Flux Factory invades ACE Hotel

ACE Hotel invited five Flux Residents to participate in their Sunday Artist-in-Residence Series. The following Fluxers are using their hotel-stays to research, open up dialogues, and delve deeper into current projects. 


Sunday October 5th: LENA HAWKINS & MICHAEL DIPIETRO: FALLEN PEARLS (V.S.O.P.) is a new performance installation work by artists Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins. Drawing on psychological case studies and daytime dramas, Fallen Pearls (V.S.O.P.) unfolds a narrative of unrequited lovers, stifled by the oppressive demands of high society and the family name. Perhaps promised to others, or perhaps brother and sister, there is an insidious force that conspires Maryanne and Daniel F. from fulfilling their desires; given one last night together, they are drawn into a dark, consummating ritual that can only end in a cliffhanger.

Sunday October 12th: GIL LOPEZ: Through his ACE A.I.R. Gil Lopez will gather a small group of activist artists to critique the exploitation of creatives as social capital for corporate branding. Complicit or combative, artists play an active, yet sometimes invisible or unidentified, role in advertising, gentrification, capitalism and other social mechanisms. On this evening we will playing our role as cultural provocateurs, unpack some of these concepts and leave our dissenting notes as artifact of our resistance.

Sunday October 19th: AYDEN GROUTAyden L.M. Grout will continue work on her recent project “Pillow Book,” which uses photography, installation, video, and text, to explore the physical, emotional, and spatial influence of beds. Within the walls of the ACE Hotel, she will consider the wealth of stories that the ever-changing list of occupants have imprinted on the hotel’s rooms.

Sunday October 26th: WILL OWEN: Will Owen intends to ride the elevator at the ACE hotel all night and request recipes from anyone riding the elevator. These recipes will be added to a growing collection of recipes that people have memorized. Will has been gathering people’s memorized recipes for more than 8 years across Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Cambodia, Italy, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic, and the US. The first volume of these recipes and stories of their collection will be released as open source material in Spring 2015.

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Utopia School


October 1 – 31, 2014
Open Hours: Wednesday – Sundays, 12pm-10pm
All classes take place at Flux Factory unless otherwise noted. View full class schedule here:
What kinds of information are useful for re-imaging the future?
Utopia School is a month-long social center* hosted at Flux Factory for the purpose of studying Utopian experiments throughout time, as well as practicing our skills towards building new free spaces and practices. These classes, screenings, discussions and games will be connected by the essential question: What kinds of information are useful for re-imaging the future?
To us, utopias take the form of intentional communities, squats, community gardens, communes, and other initiatives geared towards communizing resources, (including those which don’t self-describe as Utopian.) We hope these classes and explorations will help to document and further these specific knowledges.
There will be several Utopians-in-Residence as well as class leaders involved in running the space at any given time, co-learning together, and teaching classes. You, too, can propose a residency project which interacts with the space. We hope you will join us!
Utopia School is open from 12pm-10pm Wednesday-Sunday, from October 1-31st on location at Flux Factory, except when otherwise noted. There are a bunch of field trips in the works, and some classes will take place at other venues, so pay attention to the location in “class descriptions”.And, finally, it is never too late to propose classes. Please visit utopiaschool.org to propose a class. See you in the classroom!*Social centers (or social centres) are community spaces. 
They are buildings which are used for a range of disparate activities, which can be linked only by being not-for-profit. They might be organizing centers for local activities or they might provide support networks for minority groups such as prisoners and refugees. Often they provide a base for initiatives such as cafes, free shops, public computer labs, graffiti murals, legal collectives and free housing for travellers. The services are determined by both the needs of the community in which the social center is based and the skills which the participants have to offer. Social centers tend to be in large buildings and thus can host activist meetings, concerts, bookshops, dance performances and art exhibitions. Social centers are common in many European cities, sometimes in squats, sometimes in rented buildings. Also known as a free space, social centers may be designated “safe-space” where specific forms of dialogue and activism are encouraged and protected from harassment, or they may be intended to serve as open space for community interaction among widely disparate groups without censorship. There is a great deal of overlap between the two types.


Utopia School is one of Flux Factory’s Four Major Exhibitions of the 2014 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.