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.