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

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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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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.

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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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