Flux Factory’s Perpetual Pinata Parlour


September 2016, 7 Flux artists will be collaborating on an immersive interactive game for the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Participating artists included past and present Fluxers: Nat Roe, Jason Eppink, Lena Hawkins, Kathryn Sclavi, Alex Nathanson, Walker Tufts, and Will Owen.  A huge thank you to CEC Arts Link and the Trust for Mutual Understanding for supporting Flux’s participation.

Our group created the Perpetual Pinata Parlour, which we performed for 4 days throughout the festival.  This project combined traditional Russian and American games, which participants were invited to play.

We were in the press!!  See us on Russia’s Channel 1 news (Flux is ~1:50 into clip), and on Art F City.

Hotel Wars

October 4th- November 1st, 2015


In the past decade, dozens of independent and brand name hotels have sprung up alongside the Flux Factory building in Long Island City, and more than twenty hotels are set to break ground. The hotel boom, the result of a delayed 2008 rezoning that allowed for rapid new developments in Dutch Kills’ mixed-use industrial areas, has quickly changed our neighborhood into a shifting environment of passing visitors. How can LIC residents, small businesses, and developers constructively and collectively respond to the complex political and social realities of the hotel industry’s rapid growth in a way that takes all stakeholders’ needs seriously?

To playfully respond to these rapid changes and their implications, Flux Factory is posting three teams of highly collaborative artists, game designers, urban theorists, and performers at hotels within a one-block radius of our building for a month-long Olympic-style competition. Each week, teams will receive a prompt that provokes questions about how hotels serve an existing neighborhood, the effects of tourism, and the communities the industry creates and/or displaces. They’ll have seven days to engage with tourists, hotel employees, neighbors, and local business owners and craft their responses using a variety of media. At the end of each week, works will be unveiled at a series of elaborate awards ceremonies, where Long Island City community stakeholders will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Collaborating hotels are: Home2 Suites Long Island City, Holiday Inn L.I. City – Manhattan View, and Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Queens / Queensboro Bridge.

Join the festivities and help Flux Factory crown the first Long Island City Hotel Wars Champions!

Full Schedule:

October 4th, 4 – 5 pm: Opening Ceremonies and Parade circling our block! Email carina@fluxfactory.org to participate (seeking: performers and volunteers), or head over to Flux to watch!

October 11th, 4 – 5 pm: Awards Ceremony #1 at Flux Factory: The first works are unveiled and judged live.

October 18th, 4 – 5 pm: Awards Ceremony #2 at Flux Factory: The second works are unveiled and judged live.

November 1st, 4 – 6 pm: Closing Ceremony and Winner Crowned: The final works are unveiled and judged live, and the Hotel Wars winner is crowned.

Competitors: Abby Entsminger, Abi Inman, Aliya Bonar, Adrian Owen, Gil Lopez, Ida Benedetto, John Locke, Kevin Aranibar, Michelle Levy, Nathaniel Sullivan, Oriana Leckert, Seth Larson, Toni Pizza, Will Owen, and Yoni Brook.

Host Hotels: Home2 Suites Long Island City, Holiday Inn L.I. City – Manhattan View, and Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Queens / Queensboro Bridge.

Brain Trust: Carina Kaufman, Jason Eppink, Laura Lupton, and Prerana Reddy.

Organized by Carina Kaufman and Jason Eppink.

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Hotel Wars 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.


Challenge #1 : October 12, 2015

Tell the history of your hotel site, using interviews from residents, hotel employees, guests, and more, in any media you choose.

Judges: Fabiola Robles, Mike’s Pizza, Rebekah Gibson, Growing Up Green Charter School, and Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian

Judging criteria: quality and quantity of interviews, depth of research, aesthetic treatment, and general fluxiness.

WINNER: TEAM Home2Suites!!!

Aliya Bonar, Nathaniel Sullivan, Will Owen

“Your Voice Here” Brochures for the hotel lobby.

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Abreaction 3: Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food

Abreaction 3: Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food
An exhibition curated by Caroline Partamian

September 24th-26th, 2015

Full Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 24th, 6-9 pm: Soft Opening
  • Friday, September 25th, 6-10 pm: Opening party & performances by Ariel Abrahams, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Bonella Holloway, & Katy McCarthy
  • Saturday, September 26th, 2-7 pm: Closing reception and 5 pm Artist Talk with Andrew Murphy & Katy McCarthy (more details TBA)


Image by Joe DeNardo

Abreaction is the extraction of memory stored within a muscle, resurfaced through kinetics and physical movement, of which the individual was previously unaware. Muscle Memory in the Consumption of Food continues the Muscle Memory series conceptualized by Caroline Partamian, and invites artists to create a piece that forces the viewer to engage in the their deeply embedded traumatic, comforting, erotic, and grotesque food-related memories. Video, multimedia, and performance works explore the aesthetics of specific foods and the behavior of eating through the senses.

Artists: Ariel Abrahams, Vaba Bility , Michael Borowski, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Eva Dean, Christian Hendricks, Bonella Holloway, Marguerite Kalhor, Sarah Manuwal, Jamie Mayne, Katy McCarthy, Andrew Murphy, and Netta Sadovsky.

About the curator:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Caroline Partamian is an independent curator, artist, and chef. Caroline’s exhibitions focus on the theme of kinetic memory and somatics in relation to dance, performance, and other more tangible mediums of art. She also plays guitar in the collaborative psych-punk project SCULLY.

Sponsored by Rippers and Trader Joe’s. 

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View From Above

View From Above
mixed-media, video installation, performance

September 19-20, 2015
Opening Reception: September 19th, 6-9 pm
Open Hours: Sunday September 20th 2-6 pm



The exhibition presents works dealing with the aerial perspectives of a landscape. One approach is to find new ways of transforming and rethinking the all-inclusive view from above created by a drone camera. A mixed-media installation appears as a ruptured landscape, which doesn’t offer any geographical data or orientation but turns into surreal and disorienting tableau. Similar interest of displacing the drone technology motivates video projections, showing a vision of a drone’s camera creating sublime spaces in the border between virtual and real. Other works consider the aerial perspective in regards to the physical reconstruction of waterways, and its impact on territory lines.

For this exhibition, the artist presents a multimedia installation which also functions as living stage for performances. Diffraction of light passes through a shallow water basin and layers of acrylic mirror to unearth an abstract moving photomontage cast as a reflection onto the wall. The light reflection reveals the process of environmental degradation, land reclamation, and shifting boundaries, thus metaphorically holding more weight than the physical material distorted by the artist. The result is a phantasmagoric experience, leaving those suspended in time with a “view from above” to contemplate how humans interact with the earth’s surface.

Participating artists include: E. Adam AttiaMaddie HewittLyoudmila MilanovaDylan Neely and Rob O’Conner.

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Opening Reception: Saturday August 29th,  6-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday August 30th,  3-4pm
Open Hours: Wednesday September 2nd, 11am-3pm 


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The Real f/x Mirage Zone™ exists in peripheral landscapes, a desert inhabited by visions induced by invisible forces. The spectacular illusion, the mirage, leaks the virtual into actual, giving a shape to our desire. In Real f/x Mirage Zone™ commodities hover above the surface, caught in a pool of liquid in the landscape. Real f/x Mirage Zone™, will open to the public on August 29th as a diluted, synthetic entity in what-is virtual and actual. With the mission to reveal the abstract nature of global economics and its hidden environment, Real f/x Mirage Zone™ is in part an installation and in part a video screening that documents land-based actions of FATAMORGANA. The exhibition will consist of a two channel video installation alongside commodity proxies for the objects in the gallery sourced from the immediate environment.


FATAMORGANA is a research based platform developed as a collaborative effort, created out of a joint interest in landscape, time and new spatial logics. FATAMORGANA articulates hidden abstractions within our man-made and natural environments. Our goal is to continue expanding our practice, to put people in touch with peripheral, often slippery, landscapes. We will look into that immaterial void with optimism to uncover hidden patterns and give our findings shape.


The Yellow Snake Is Waiting

The Yellow Snake Is Waiting

Opening Reception Friday August 21st 6-9pm

On View August 21st- August 27th 12-6pm


What do I really want?

What do I really desire?

You know it, you feel it too.

The Serpents of Desire are waiting for you.

Walk along the water to find it.

Be careful of those animals and beasts, they can smell it.

They can sense your hunger and they are hungry too.

Go for it, the snake is waiting.

For his first solo exhibition in New York, Tzu-Huan presents The Yellow Snake Is Waiting, a video installation created during his Flux Factory residency period. The video features footage of a fictional story to find the ultimate solution of never-ending desire by fusing two well-known mythical stories from East to West. The narrative explores the fog of memories and makes transparent the mystery of desire.

Tzu-Huan Lin is a Taiwanese video and installation artist based in New York. He received an MFA in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in 2013. He creates work in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural functions by manipulation to create different functions and contexts.

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August Flux Thursday

Thursday August 13th

Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.

The event is free, but please do bring something to share!


For this Flux Thursday the focus is New York City water. We are offering cool reliefs from the summer heat with dinner and artist presentations.

Flux Factory is pleased to present artists and historians whose practice takes root in the exploration and occupation of urban waterways. They will elaborate on their research and passion towards the subject as well as explain how it informs their work. Ida C. Benedetto co-founder of Sextantworks will discuss her most recent transgressive placemaking project involving the New York City Harbor. Steve Duncan renowned urban explorer will share his expertise on the New York sewer and tunnel system, and information about his guided underground tours. Dylan Gauthier co-founder of the boatbuilding project Mare Liberum will speak about the artist collective, and his other collaborative free seas projects. Maddie Hewitt current resident of Flux Factory will present her research on the physical reconstruction of waterways, and the influence it has on territory lines in Marble Hill. Together the discussions emphasize the complexities and creative potential of New York City’s maritime landscape. The event is free, but please do bring something to share!


Ida C. Benedetto is a Brooklyn-based experience design and media strategist. She is the co-founder of Sextantworks (formerly Wanderlust Projects). Sextantworks practices experiential gift design and transgressive placemaking through generosity, location and intimacy. Sextantworks has been profiled in The New York Times, Fast Company, NPR, and The Daily Beast. Ida consulted on the experience design and gifting system for the Night Heron Speakeasy, which has been lauded in the Atlantic and the New Yorker. She is an adviser to Photography, Expanded, an initiative of the Magnum Foundation to inspire documentary photographers to extend their storytelling practice beyond the still image. Ida is on the steering committee of the School for Poetic Computation.

Steve Duncan is an Urban Explorer based in New York City. He has extensively explored the New York City Sewer System and other tunnels in the New York City area such as the New York City Subway System and Amtrak tunnels that run through the city. Steve has also explored sewers and underground infrastructure around the world. He has explored sewers and tunnels beneath Paris, London, Rome, Naples, Stockholm, Berlin, Moscow, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He also hosted a television show on The Discovery Channel in 2005. The show aired for five episodes and has since occasionally been aired in syndication.

Dylan Gauthier is a Brooklyn-based artist (writer, curator, educator, boatbuilder, media activist). His works take the form of videos, photographs, soundtracks, publications, environmental research and performances, and are concerned with temporary situations, shared experiences, public space and access to information. He is co-founder of the boatbuilding and printmaking project Mare Liberum (thefreeseas.org), a frequent collaborator with the Gowanus Studio Space, and with the collective Red76, and has shown in museums and galleries including MASS MoCA, the Walker Art Center, Stacion Kosovo, EFA Project Space, Parsons/the New School, Columbus College of Art and Design and the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. Dylan holds an MFA from the Integrated Media Arts program with a focus on creative nonfiction at Hunter College.

Maddie Hewitt is a visual artist and curator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work responds to the impositions of domestic social norms and crowd control. Using a wide range of media, Hewitt alters familiar physical objects and co-opts their original meaning. Most recently she has begun organically researching the history of New York City waterways drawing connections between pre-colonial landscapes to what the city is like today. Hewitt holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art with a focus in sculpture. Since 2013 she has been a curator at Little Berlin organizing exhibitions, film screenings, performances, weekend-long festivals, artist critiques, and other public events. She is currently an artist in residence at Flux Factory.

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Good Humor

August 8th-9th

Opening Reception August 8th 3-­11pm



Flux is pleased to present Good Humor,​ an interactive art installation experimenting with the physical and psychological aspects of ice cream. Featuring the work of Springboard Collective, this participatory show invites audience members to cultivate new relationships with our favorite frozen treat.

Come for the art, stay for the ice cream….or is it the other way around? Create your own plaster ice cream sculpture to last the ages. Scoop, squeeze, and serve plaster mixed with dye, paint, glitter, marbles and other ‘toppings’ at the sculpture station. Add your vision to the installation, or take it home to display your sculptural prowess (for future generations, of course). Take a ‘turn’ cranking the old-fashioned ice cream machine as we serve up new flavors on the hour. Classic and experimental approaches to flavoring need taste buds! Engage in the collaborative process, learn new techniques, and add your expertise to the social environment.

As you cool off with the fruits of our labor, explore the audio and visual landscape in our soft serve gallery. Media and object based installations foster a creative escape that celebrates the exuberant energy of summertime. Stay late for improvisational performances and inclusive dance party with a live DJ. Hope to see you there!

Formed in Athens, OH, Springboard Collective produces collaborative, site­-specific, interactive and immersive sculptural environments. With experimental and imaginative approaches to everyday materials, their installations focus on transforming physical and psychological aspects of fun in socially-engaged events. Artists include: Danny Crump, Sarah Dahlinger, Barry O’Keefe, Micah Snyder, and Steph Wadman.


Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8th

3pm Ice cream on the hour

5pm Build your own ice cream sculpture

9pm Live DJ set (TBA)

Show will also be open for viewing Sunday August 9th from 3-­9pm


Past Springboard Collective works

Contact: Danny Crump, Artist in Residence, Flux Factory

(435)890-­8853, thewetjangles@gmail.com

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If There’s No Room for Me I’ll Make One

August 7th-9th

10 am-1 pm


What does belonging means? Where does a sense of belonging come from? Can we find ways to feel part of a place that is unknown, supposedly neutral, maybe even unfamiliar? Why would that help and how can we do it?

Stemming from an idea of belonging based on one’s personal relationship with the physical space (rather than on the given concepts of nation or culture) the workshop will invite participants, through some practical exercises and some narrative assignments to find their own place in the anonymity of the urban environment, guiding them to create a sense of familiarity and look at their surrounding from a perspective of desires and needs. The final impressions and experiences will then be translated into final projects that use the artistic language to either share one’s perspective or to possibly activate a real change. The workshop unfolds through three different concepts on the body in space:

body as volume

body as memory

body as presence

The workshop will happen mostly outside, using Flux Factory as a base camp. While the workshop doesn’t require any particular skills, participants should be ready to sweat and get dirty! Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended, as well as a passion for wandering and walking.

You must RSVP to attend. Email vmedda@yahoo.it 

Workshops run by Valentina Medda

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July 9th-12th

Opening Reception: July 9th, 6-9pm 

Open Hours: July 10th-12th, 12-6pm

July 12th: Poetry Reading and Closing Reception 4pm


CEMENT ALL brings together eight young artists working in sculpture and video whose works demonstrate a set of approaches querying the status of objects and their (and by association our) impacts on the larger ecosphere. Each artist in the exhibition takes a unique approach to securing and destabilizing objects, materials, and meanings in works that at times solicit our shame, poke fun at our hubris, or withdraw from us, aloof and implacable. The title names a tendency to reify in order to re-animate—a dialectic that exists in the world capturing our efforts to think and put into action any positive effort to quell nature’s turn against the human (a formulation that itself exhibits a reifying-ironizing tendency towards ‘nature’ and ‘the human’). Cement All is also the trademarked name of a popular cement product that inadvertently points towards the (modernist?) dream of architects, home owners, and pragmatic philosophers alike, to construct a concrete world, a stable life, with clear boundaries and fixed identities. It is a fitting title to parallel the ethos and history named by the Flux Factory.

The exhibition program includes an evening of readings at Flux Factory organized by the poet Christine Kelly, which runs in parallel with the exhibition.

Artworks by:

Allison Baker, Raina Belleau, Brandon Bultman, Gail Dodge, Julia Gartrell, Lucia Monge, Chris Papa, Megan Tamas.

Curated by Anthony Graves.

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July 24th – July 28th

Opening Reception July 24th 6-10pm

By Tina Kohlmann

BAZT is a group showing of object-based pieces and works on paper within a constructed environment for community events. The individual works explore humor and mystery. The entirety of the constructed environment engenders how both humor and mystery can be a source of power and strength–using humor for self-protection or mystery as blockade.

The title Bazt is a reference to bombast, bastion, bastard, Bast–the goddess of protection and perfume in Egyptian mythology, and someone with a stereotypical accent from the San Fernando Valley saying the word “Best.”


Artworks by:

Shoplifter (Iceland)

Lena Hawkins (US)

Clara Bessijelle Johannsson (Sweden)

Tina Kohlmann (Germany)

Kevin McNamee-Tweed (US)

Curated by Will Owen (US)


Performances by:

Big Bend (Live)

Greg Fox (DJ Set)

Aaron Roche (DJ Set)




July 24th

6 -11 pm Opening Reception

9 pm Performance by Big Bend

9:30 pm DJ Sets by Participating Artists

July 25th

7 pm Potluck Dinner + Film Screenings

10 pm DJ Sets by Greg Fox, Aaron Roche, SEAARCH, and others TBD

July 26th

4 pm Ice Cream Social +  Artist Talks + Round Table Discussion on the role of Craft within Contemporary, Object-based and Digital Art.

July 27th

12 pm – 4 pm Gallery Hours + Refreshments

July 28th 

12 pm – 4 pm Gallery Hours + Closing Reception


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Test Patterns Open Call



December 2015

Test patterns are geometric charts used to calibrate video display and print quality. In television they are often accompanied by reference tones, which are audio files for testing signal transmission. Technical standards are visual, auditory, or mathematical references usually held by a regulatory, medical, environmental, military or corporate body to define a physical measurement. While test patterns and default settings are intended purely as technical tests, they are also criteria by which we judge “normal” vs. “abnormal”; “working” vs. “broken”; “acceptable” vs. “unacceptable”. From the Turing tests and timing crystals to Utah Teapots and tuning forks, test patterns not only measure but construct ideological forms of standardization and normalization for both human and machine alike.

Test Patterns is an exhibition at Flux Factory that takes the totality of possible test patterns as source material in the creation of new artworks that respond and subvert the process of standardization. Test Patterns will present a variety of official test patterns, reference tones and physical standards along with artworks created by artists responding to these devices and metrics. Some artists may consider test patterns in a formal and aesthetic context. Others may use test patterns in order to critique and re-imagine how race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class are produced through technologies of measurement and abstraction by creating their own standards as alternatives.

In this exhibition, artists may create their own new patterns or standards, or may choose to use supplied standards and patterns as raw material to interpret, process, and generate entirely new artworks. These works can be in many forms including sculpture, drawing, video, sound art, performance, computation, and other media.

Please send your proposal to testpatterns@fluxfactory.org. Applications are due September 15th.

In your proposal, please include the following:

  • A description of your proposed project for Test Patterns, no more than 500 words
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Optional artist statement or bio, no more than 200 words
  • Up to 10 examples of your work: images submitted as a single PDF or no more than 3 videos submitted as public link
  • An answer to: What broadly conceived test pattern, reference tone or technical standard is your submission inspired by? How are you responding to or subverting it? No more than 100 words

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…

Thursday July 2nd, 7pm

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…

film screening at Flux Factory

32 minutes with a brief Q&A after the film with artist Keg de Souza

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New York City is no stranger to ghostbusting or gentrification and If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… features both of these on the other side of the globe – a real life Ghostbuster from Yogyakarta, Indonesia who resides in a squatter settlement that is currently being developed. If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… explores the gentrification of this settlement, built on top of a graveyard alongside Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced he wanted to develop this area and local residents who have been squatting there since the 70s, have already started being pushed out. Due to the history of this place, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. Throughout Java ghost-moving (or busting) is an ancient and an important role in a community and for years people in the area have relied heavily on the local ghost mover to move the ghosts out of their houses, but these paranormal evictions are now becoming an uncanny parallel for their own evictions in the living world.

This project was first presented in Ratmakan kampung in October 2014 as an inflatable ghost house, Rumah Hantu, with an embroidered interior that was created from drawings by the local kids of their ghost stories and the film If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… is an Asialink Arts Residency Project supported by Arts NSW and supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia- Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Keg de Souza is an Australian artist working with mediums such as inflatable architecture, food, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space.  This investigation of social and spatial environments is influenced by her formal training in architecture and experiences of radical spaces through squatting and organizing. Some of the things she creates are; tiny handmade glow-in-the-dark zines to giant inflatables, in between videos, picnics, walking tours, building boats and brewing beer. Recent exhibitions include; the 5th Auckland Triennial, 15th Jakarta Biennale and Vertical Villages at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (all 2013), Temporality in Architecture, Food and Communities, Delfina Foundation, London and Temporary Spaces, Edible Places, Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland (2014) and If There’s Something Strange in Your Neighbourhood… Alaska Projects, Sydney and Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Vancouver, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (all 2015). She is currently an Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia Fellow.


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June Flux Thursday

Thursday June 11th
Dinner at 7 pm. Presentations begin at 8:30 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something to share!


We are opening up our summer programming with June Flux Thursday, our monthly art salon!  Flux Factory’s first exhibition of the summer, STROBE Network is a temporary broadcast network that will air via a digital streaming platform, 24/7 for nine days, featuring video art, performance, animation, talk shows, and archival materials that make use of broadcast as an artistic medium.

For this month’s Flux Thursday, we have invited artists who are participating on STROBE Network to present. Daphne Gardner will talk about her documentary video series Her Room that examines the intimate world of bedrooms, personal history and female identity. Karl Scholz & plant good seeds will seduce you to fill your mouths, wills, hearts, desires, true beings, selves, reflections to turn to stones and begin again. Heather Kapplow will forecast her emotional weather series Weather Schmeather. Artists Elizabeth Lamb, David Ian Griess, Butch Merigoni from Human Trash Dump,  a 24-hour durational collaborative performance piece, will talk about their work.Steve Sewell will be presenting an excerpt from his performance/lecture “How to Purposefully Forget Things.” Dinner will be lovingly designed by Fluxers Alisha Monypenny and Valentina Medda.

Please Join us for a Potluck TV Dinner viewing of ACRE TV, bring food and drinks to share.

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Friday May 29th, 7pm-midnight

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Come *smash* for a cause May 29th, 7pm-midnight. Requested donation of $10.

Attention: you Demons of Destruction and Angels of Annihilation! You Bashing, Smashing, Pulverizing Power Units of De-creation! Yes you! (oh, it’s in there, you’ll see…) Come indulge in mindful destruction by smashing stuff to pieces in the Smash Truck! To help fund the Everyhere Logistics box truck art convoy, we’re holding an auction of various destructifying experiences, using the power of destruction to aid in our creations. Photographers and go-pros on-site to catch your destructive nature in full force!

SMASH STAGE PERFORMANCE at 10pm with live musical accompaniment! Not to be missed. As performed by our own derelict smashing professionals.

Don’t wanna smash, bit still wanna thrash? Damage yourself dancing to the whim of PartyFoul5000! After party to be announced.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO TRAVELING ART PROJECT BABY Everyhere Logistics, a cross-country Lost Horizon Night Market stopping in seven major cities! Check out the website and please donate to our Kickstarter campaign. We’ve got some unbelievable rewards!

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New Art by NEWCOMERS Reception

May 27th, 4-6 PM
Reception at Flux Factory for the students, their families, and the local community

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The students from Anne Kornfeld’s Media Arts classes at Newcomers High School participated in a digital collage workshop by Flux Factory artist-in-residence Lee Tusman. In this six-week residency at Newcomers, students learned how to create a photo essay and a self-portrait through an array of contemporary new media formats.

Using the online platform, New Hive, students constructed images applying new media techniques such as imbuing of the “selfie” into a complex composition and the use of animated GIFs. Students researched and created digital media as a means of inquiry and self-expression to produce their immigration stories.

A reception will be held at Flux Factory on May 27th from 4-6pm, for the students, their families, and the local community.

With generous support from: NYSCA, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, and The Department for Cultural Affairs. In-Kind Donation Support from: Beija-Flor, Dutch Kills Centraal, Minuteman Press, and Coffeed.

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June 13th-­21st, 2015


STROBE Network is a temporary broadcast network that will air via a digital streaming platform, featuring artworks that make use of broadcast as an artistic medium. The content has been programmed through an open call and the Flux Factory community at large, including work from 75+ artists. STROBE Network will create and distribute an alternate reality version of mass culture that is free, conscious, experimental, and uncensored.

Streaming 24/7 for ten days, STROBE Network will feature video art, performance, animation, talk shows, and music, as well as archival materials from Performa, VML, and ESP TV. STROBE Network will stream from June 12th-21st via strobenetwork.tv. In addition to streaming via our website, we will welcome a studio audience for live tapings on select evenings at our sound stage in the Flux Factory gallery in Long Island City. Off-site spaces will host viewing parties and Strobe TV Toilet Viewing Station at Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY.

STROBE Network is part of Flux Factory’s 2015 programing. Flux Factory is a non-profit art organization that supports and promotes emerging artists through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, and collaborative opportunities. Flux Factory is guided by its passion to nurture the creative process, and knows that this process does not happen in a vacuum but rather through a network of peers and through resource-sharing. Flux Factory functions as an incubation and laboratory space for the creation of artworks that are in dialogue with the physical, social, and cultural spheres of New York City (though collaborations may start in NY and stretch far beyond).


Participating Artists

Aas Artgroup, ACRE TV, Robert Ashley, Stephanie Avery, Gili Avissar, Hiram Becker & The Cannery Collective, Tommy Becker, Benna aka Benna Gaean Maris, Billy Robinson and Blue Jazz TV, Aliya Bonar, Joanna Bonder, Julian Bozeman, Emily Bucholz and Lee Tusman, Jeremy Couillard, John Crowe, Daupo, the David Foster Wallace Reading Group (DFWRG),  Andrew Demirjian and Dahlia Elsayed, Marie Demple and Becca Kauffman, Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins, Justin Donica, Veronica Dougherty, Eric Barry Drasin, Dreamers Welcome, Jason Eppink, ESP TV, The Experimental Half Hour, Fan Letters: Alex Nathanson and Dylan Neely, Eliza Fernand, Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich, Miles Forrester, Daphne Gardner, Douglas Gast, Steven Glavey, Michael Guardiola, Allison Halter, Rui Hu, HUMAN TRASH DUMP, Tatiana Istomina, JANTAR, Zuzanna Juszkiewicz, Millie Kapp, Heather Kapplow, Jason Kashruts, Jemila MacEwan, Christine Laquet, Christine Lucy Latimer, Ayden LeRoux, Phuc Lee, Life of a Craphead, Tzu Huan Lin, Christopher Lineberry, Talia Link, Link Link Club, Gabriel Lyons Loeb, Shehrezad Maher, Steve Maher, Wesley Marcarelli, Amelia Marzec, Alexander Mignolo, Heather Murphy, MVY, Joas Nebe, Dustin Luke Nelson and Morricone Youth, Aaron Oldenburg, Will Owen, Duke Papi, Ella Phillips, Meg Powers, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Rob Racine, Mark Regester and nonnon, Steve Roggenbuck, Amanda Ryan, Taylor Sakarett, Mauricio Sanhueza, Julia Santoli, Karl Scholz & plant good seeeds, Alexandra Schwartzberg and Cole Tracy, Ben Seretan, Stephen Sewell, Josephine Skinner, Soda Jerk, Serge Stephan, Kristoff Steinruck, The Sunview Luncheonette, Dan Toth, Troll Food, Jason Tschantre, Roopa Vasudevan, VML, Viva Body Roll, Georgia Wall, Angela Washko, Wetlands, Barry Whittaker, Casey Wooden, WUZPOPPNNY, Ann Liv Young.

Featuring content from the Performa archives by Ronnie Bass, Omer Fast, Liz Magic Laser, and more!

For press and general inquiries, please contact strobe@fluxfactory.org.

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✂ 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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More info on the Menu For Mars Supper Club here.

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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Shibori Surface Design Workshop

Tuesday March 24th 
6-8 pm




Shibori is the Japanese art of resist-dyeing using traditional methods used for centuries. In this class, students will receive an introduction to three techniques using indigo dye.

Objective: For students to learn three different Shibori techniques used in Japanese textiles, and using a (version of a) traditional Indigo dye, dye material with three different patterns.

All materials are included, however, if you would like to Shibori dye one of your own garments (each student will dye 3 12″x12″ squares of cotton) please bring a 100% natural fabric, and so we have enough dye for everyone, please only one garment per person.

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a project by Atif Ateeq and Roopa Vasudevan
Opening Reception Friday May 15th, 7 – 10pm
On view May 15th-19th
Open hours Saturday and Sunday 1-8pm and Monday and Tuesday by appointment only (email roopa.vasudevan@gmail.com). 

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HANDS UP is an interactive installation that explores law enforcement’s relationship with people of color. The installation will simulate the experience of being confronted by the police in the manner that resulted in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, MO. The piece directly places visitors in the chaotic and overwhelming moments that have since led to an ongoing debate about the state of race relations in America.

Roopa Vasudevan is an artist, creative coder, and researcher currently based in New York.  She is interested in utilizing technology in order to explore and expose subconscious patterns in our culture and behavior.  Her work has been exhibited at venues around the United States, and has been featured in Slate, the Huffington Post, the New Yorker blog, Jezebel, GOOD Lifestyle, Complex, and on French and German television. Roopa holds a BA in film studies from Columbia University, and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where she also served as a post-graduate research fellow during 2013-2014.  She is a past (and upcoming) Flux resident, and adjunct faculty at ITP and at Fordham University.

Atif Ateeq is a visual artist and interactive designer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Atif’s work has been exploring ideas of race and cultural identity for over a decade and hopes that his contribution will impact the conversation in a positive and insightful way. Armed with a background in Photography/ Film and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Atif continues to meld mediums and create experiences that unfold in a simple yet unique manner.


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Art New News: “Hands Up: Flux Factory Installation Simulates Police Shooting”

Daily News and Pix11.com: “NYPD Union Slams  ‘Hands Up’ Art Installation in Queens”

Hyperallergic: “Crimes of the Art”

Reuters, Channel News Asia and AOL.com: “New York Exhibit Taps Into Dialogue on Race and Policing”


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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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.

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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.

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

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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.




Press :

Queens Chronicle



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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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