Danielle Freakley

Danielle Freakley is an Australian born artist based in Perth/Melbourne. She’s half Seychelles Islander blooded and has drops of other blood curdling. She works in Performance, Sculpture, Interactive Installation, Drawing, Reasonably Shit Dancing, Sound and Text.

In 2016, she has become a first selection finalist for the Arsenale of Venice – Arte Laguna Prize, she will exhibit at the Liverpool Biennial, perform and teach in the Seychelles, have residency at the Flux Factory New York. Her performances change daily social communication and relationships, exposing historical and lurking private projections and subtexts. This usually happens in collaboration with audiences who accidentally perform with her. She became a human art gallery for a couple of years. She spoke in referenced quotation for a few years in her daily public life.

She has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally in other various Biennials, Triennials, National Galleries, State Galleries, Contemporary Art Spaces, Kitchen Floors, Snake Temples, Ski Slopes, Aquariums, Theme Parks, Bins, Beaches, Train Station Toilets and Graves.

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Column Shifting: Cultural Equity & Organizational Sustainability Fellowship

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April & May 2017

The success of non-commercial art spaces in New York City is tied to their ability to negotiate with the market, both to maintain a physical presence and to sustain long-term programming. There is an inherent tension between operating a non-commercial space and surviving in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. This tension amplifies in neighborhoods that are experiencing gentrification, where more and more resources have to be used for operating costs.

As organizations raise money to survive, they may deviate from their missions, lose their connections to place, compromise on programming, overwork and underpay employees, and even become complicit in the market processes that can ultimately result in their displacement.

To succeed, spaces need access to wealth or the expert knowledge and social networks to effectively fundraise. Spaces organized by and for historically marginalized groups in the city tend to have the most difficulty maintaining operations for the long term.

To gain a better understanding of the relationship between financial stability and cultural equity in non-commercial art spaces, Flux Factory’s Cultural Equity & Organizational Sustainability Fellow, Oksana Mironova, will conduct a series of in-depth interviews with artists and activists, as well as staff and volunteers at art spaces and supporting organizations. In April and May 2017, she will organize a series of events at Flux Factory focused on financial stability and cultural equity.

 


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Wednesday May 10th, 7pm-9pm
Flux Factory Gallery

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Art programming and community development can have a symbiotic or an adversarial relationship. On one hand, art spaces, from non-commercial community spaces to for-profit galleries, can be used by real estate interests to package neighborhoods and hasten gentrification. On the other hand, art and culture often plays a role in helping communities self-identify, develop identities, and as an organizing tool against displacement. In this panel we will explore the messy relationship between community development, art, and gentrification, as well as the line between the artist and community member in New York City. Further, we will brainstorm about potential ways to use art and culture programming and spaces to mitigate displacement.

Panelists

Mei Lum, 5th generation owner-in-training of her family’s porcelain shop, Wing on Wo & Co (W.O.W) and founder and director of W.O.W’s community initiative, The W.O.W Project. Inspired by her family’s pivotal moment in deciding whether or not to fold their 92-year-old porcelain ware small business, Mei founded The W.O.W Project to engage community members in conversation and innovative idea generation about the future of their neighborhood.

Rosemary Reyes worked in global development at The Juilliard School spearheading international programs in Mexico City and Northern China. She was also Managing Editor for a small contemporary visual art publication in New Orleans called Pelican Bomb. Reyes freelances as a writer and communications consultant, and is currently working with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Department of Cultural Affairs on the Building Community Capacity Initiative in Southeast Queens.
Patrick Dougher joined Groundswell’s team as Program Director in 2011 and is responsible for managing all program operations and logistics. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dougher is an artist, musician, and educator with over 15 years experience in working for community-based arts and social justice organizations.

Catherine Green, Founder/Executive Director ARTs East New York

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Thursday May 25, 7pm-9pm
Flux Factory Gallery

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Panelists

Brooklyn native Taja Cheek is a cultural worker and multi-instrumentalist who has worked closely with artists to realize projects at institutions including Creative Time, the High Line, MoMA PS1, and Weeksville Heritage Center. She co-operates a rehearsal space and venue in her home.

Noé Gaytán is an artist, educator, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of Michelada Think Tank, a collective that brings facilitates discourse and builds community around issues facing artists of color. Recent projects include residencies at Sand Diego Art Institute and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. He is also the Gallery/Studio Program Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum.

Ali Rosa-Salas is a Nuyorican curator from Brooklyn who aligns her practice with dance, performance, and visual art. She is one half of MAMI, a curatorial initiative started in 2016 with Dyani Douze. They’ve partner with womxn of color and collectives to organize community gatherings that center our survival (@mami_dna).

Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Spaceworks, a nonprofit that develops space for all New Yorkers to gather and engage in their chosen cultural practices. Previously, they were the Executive Director of FABnyc, an arts services organization based on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the producer of the podcast, artwork, hosted by Risa. Additionally, they are also a proud member of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts – New York, and with NOCD-NY, they are a consultant on CreateNYC, NYC’s first-ever cultural plan.

Antonio Serna is an artist working in New York with both a collective and studio based practice. He is currently working on Documents of Resistance: Artists of Color Protest (1960-2016). Additionally he is a member of artists of color bloc an cultural worker advocate group focusing on artists of color, and Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group.

The life and death of non-commercial art and culture organizations in New York City today is tied very closely to their ability to negotiate with the market, both to maintain a physical presence and to sustain long-term programming. The spaces that ultimately succeed tend to be those that have access to wealth or the expert knowledge and social networks necessary to effectively fundraise. This reinforces existing hierarchies by limiting the ability of marginalized groups to define what New York City’s culture will look like.

During this panel, we will explore ways in which non-commercial art and culture organizations can promote equity both through their programming and through their organizational structure and fundraising, while surviving in a world of decreasing resources and in NYC.

This panel is organized by Flux Factory Column Shifting Fellow and Community Organizer-in-Residence Oksana Mironova

 

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Sanctuaries: 3 Mental Wellness Workshops for Queer and Trans* People of Color

Sanctuaries offers place for healing and mental wellness for Queer and Trans* people of color through three workshops: Herbs, Aromatherapy and Boudoir. These workshops seek to harness the power of herbs, scents, and the bedroom to find way to care for oneself through the storms that may cross one’s life path. It seeks to transform spaces of art into places where people feel enriched, soothed and heard.

Workshops are led by Joshua Moton. Please e-mail questions to joshuaemoton@gmail.com.


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Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

You are invited to a discussion surrounding the uses of herbs to sail through life’s troubled waters. We will present a cleansing ritual, prepare various herbal blends for sampling, enter into a discussion surrounding safe spaces and sustaining life, and discuss natural wellness resources. Please bring your own herbs, herb books, or anything you think would be valuable to share.

Space is limited, and there is a $15 dollar suggested donation (none turned away for lack of funds).

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AROMATHERAPY
Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Flux Factory

Scent opens one into a radically different space. I use scent to create a feeling of sanctuary in personal space, to cleanse, to relax, to feel more whole.  I will offer a guided meditations based in the sensory experience of smell and introduce the healing properties of various essential oils; blending; base scents, mid-notes, and top-notes.  Music will be integrated into this workshop in order to bridge the gap between scent and sound in healing practice. Donation-based tarot readings will also be offered.

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Date: Saturday, May 27th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Flux Factory

Beauty, personal space, sex.  Learn to take raw ingredients like shea butter, mango butter, olive oil, and essential oils, and give cosmetics companies a run for their money.  There will be the opportunity for facial steams, making natural exfoliants, and moisturizers.  We will launch into a discussion of beauty, interior design, and sexual health.  We will close with a guided meditation.  Feel free to bring an object that reminds you of how beautiful you are.

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Herbs: A Workshop for Queer and Trans* People of Color is part of “Column Shifting”, a research and public programming initiative at Flux Factory that will provide funded housing for 2 selected participants exploring the relationship between financial stability and cultural equity in small art spaces in NYC.

 

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OPEN CALL : Column Shifting – Stability and Cultural Equity Residency

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Column Shifting is a research and public programming initiative at Flux Factory that will provide funded housing for 2 selected participants exploring the relationship between financial stability and cultural equity in small art spaces in NYC.

Grassroots non-commercial art spaces like Flux Factory strive to play a key role in creating opportunity for all types of artistic experimentation regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or gender identity. At the same time, these small venues often struggle to survive both financially and legally. A disproportionate amount of administrative time can be spent on keeping the organization afloat, rather than fulfilling their mission statement and artistic practices. The demographics of which spaces survive and which spaces don’t closely fall along class and race lines.

We’re looking for research-based cultural producers, activists, journalists, social justice organizers, academics, etc. to continue ongoing work or propose a new project that works with the relationship between financial sustainability and cultural equity in small art spaces.

The project provides funded housing for 2 selected participants for 2-3 months in March to June 2017, and supports a variety of public programming from late 2016 to mid 2017.


Submission deadline: Thursday November 10th, 2016, 11:59 pm

Notification of acceptance: December 1st

Residency #1: March 1st – June 1st, 2017 (3 months)

Residency #2: April 1st – June 1st, 2017 (2 months)

** While rent will be fully-funded, recipients will be responsible for paying utility & food costs, estimated at $150/month.


Criteria

We are defining cultural researchers very broadly and includes academic researchers, journalists, artists, activists, and filmmakers, etc.

While we are open to a wide range of proposals and are excited to expand the field, what we’re particularly looking for from applicants is 1) a clear history of working with these themes 2) a proposal for a project or research agenda 3) a proposal for public programming.


Submission Guidelines

Please email submissions in pdf format to columnshifting@fluxfactory.org and include the following:

  • Bio or artist statement
  • CV
  • Description of proposed research
  • Proposal of possible public presentation of your work (e.g. exhibition, workshops, discussions, presentations, performances, or actions)
  • Specify whether you are applying for 2 or 3 months
  • Work samples: up to 10 examples of past projects or research
  • List of submitted work samples, including brief descriptions of the work

*note: if applying as a group you may upload multiple bio’s and cv’s as a single PDF

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Amela Parcic

Amela Parcic is an interdisciplinary artist who uses video installations, paintings,collages, and photography to explore memory and the sense of dislocation that urbanization has on individuals.

Having lived in many different places throughout her life, she is interested in creating a space where the imaginary and the observed world meet; a dialogue between imagined and experienced places. Her work oscillates between the autobiographical, dream-like and mystical, investigating history, language, the urban environment and the net of interactions within.

Her work also examines multiple realities and how memory creates an overlapping of different experiences and ultimately an ever-present feeling of being “in-between” places.

Born in Serbia and raised in Germany, Amela completed her BFA in Painting at Pratt Institute in New York City. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright grant for a project in Croatia. Currently she is a participant of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program.

She has exhibited solo shows in Croatia and collaborative projects in the Netherlands, Croatia, Czech Republic, and the United States.

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Yi Zhou

Born and raised in Beijing, Yi Zhou is an artist and independent designer. She received her MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and moved back to her hometown. Her work has covered a broad range including art, design and fashion. Most of Yi’s projects are drawn from daily life, focusing primarily on the interrelation between human relations and behavior. She takes inspiration from social issues through observation and categorization, transferring those insights and analysis into playful artistic manifestations.

She has major project named BodyMemory. As a design practitioner her award winning product ‘Chinese Hutong Architecture Erasers’ has been produced by Kikkerland Design Inc. and distributed through North America and Europe.

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Jung In Jung

Jung In Jung is an audiovisual artist who has been collaborating with contemporary dancers, and considers how to present audiovisual composition with interactivity and physical movement. Her installations, dance collaborations and commissioned works have been shown at various places in the UK and other countries, including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, Istanbul Design Biennale, xCoAx, ISEA, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, and Bilbao La Escucha Errante Festival. Jung In is from Busan in South Korea and currently based in Manchester in the UK to pursue her PhD in Music Technology at University of Huddersfield.

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Niki Passath

In his artistic creations, Niki Passath searches for answers to the mystery of life, people, their emotions, social behavior, their behavior compared to machines and to the surrounding nature.

On this adventurous journey in search for knowledge he incorporates different disciplines, from robotics to artificial intelligence, from physics to the life sciences. He has traveled to Sweden, Norway, Finland and Australia in search of different answers, which he assembles into kinetic objects, photographs and other artistic configurations. He is always searching for new challenges in form and content.

At the University of Applied Arts in Vienna he teaches “Interface Design,” “Architecture of Light,” and “Public Space and Media.”  He collaborates in a multitude of scientific research projects, including the bio-art club “Pavilion 35.”

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Artificial Retirement Open Call

Artificial Retirement

Coming August/September 2016

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Artificial Retirement invites artists, researchers, and educators motivated by failure, imperfection, and destructive progression to create artworks, workshops, and performances. We are looking for creative practitioners who find beauty in encountered errors. The aim of this project is not only to celebrate present modern technology, but also to challenge and investigate human behavior towards technology. If we can create well-functioning technology, we also have the freedom to malfunction it.

The keywords for this exhibition are error, malfunction, imperfection, destruction. Participants may examine what we discard and eliminate without thoughtful process when we use technology / redefine the concepts of ‘successful’ and ‘failed’ / find new meanings for our daily functioning technology, etc. We are looking forward to meeting your meaningfully malfunctioning poetic digital gadgets.

Participants who wish to show and run their visual arts, time-based arts, and workshops are all welcome to apply.  Work must involve digital or mechanical materials in process, practically and/or conceptually. All involved with Artificial Retirement will be invited to have an artist talk & discussion session with public.

Artificial Retirement is one of Flux Factory’s 2016 major exhibitions and is co-curated by Jung In Jung and Joelle Fleurantin.

 


Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 10th 2016

Notification of Acceptance: Monday July 18th 2016

Exhibition & Workshop & Artist Talk Period: August 19th 2016 – September 11th 2016

Preview/ opening performance: August 19th 2016

Closing performance: September 11th 2016


 

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the listed materials below as PDF according to your interest. All submissions should be sent to jungin@fluxfactory.org.

Artworks for exhibition / Performances

  • Description of your work (max 500 words – include images, sketches, or any supporting media links.)
  • Artist statement or bio (max 200 words),
  • Work samples (up to 5 examples with images, video or sound links with brief descriptions.)
  • CV

Workshops

  • Description of workshop idea (max 500 words – Please include logistics to explain how it can be manageable)
  • Statement or bio (max 200 words)
  • Work examples if you have similar workshop experience (up to 3 samples with images or any media links to support with brief descriptions)
  • CV

 

If you have any questions related to the open call, please email to jungin@fluxfactory.org.

** We only accept electronic medium for the submission. No DVDs or CDs. Do not submit any music or video files as email attachment. It might exceed the email storage allowance and block your application. Upload your media files to online platform such as Vimeo, Youtube, or Soundcloud, and provide those media links in your PDF.

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Domestication en Flux

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Join Fluxy Community Organizer Gil Lopez, for domestic arts skillshares throughout June.

All workshops will happen on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8pm upstairs in our communal kitchen, and there is no cost to attend.

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Dates, topics & descriptions:
June 1Grow Mushrooms • Learn how to cultivate and grow edible mushrooms right in your own home.

June 8Make Yogurt • Easy and rewarding to make, yogurt requires very few supplies and minimal preparation.

June 22Brew Beer • An introduction to the fermentation process that produces the tasty, alcoholic beverage we all know and love, Mmm… beer

June 29Cooking Insects • Learn about entomophagy’s history, taboos and new markets. Learn to incorporate insects into your recipes and sample some bugs together.


 

Gil has been involved with Flux Factory since 2013 and is interested in the day-to-day life of collectives, cooperatives and communes. Through these workshops he hopes to share knowledge and skills that will encourage New Yorkers to engage more directly and thoughtfully with the food they consume and to inspire ritual through food preparation processes.

**Please note, there is no workshop scheduled on June 15.

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Bastian Hoffman

Bastian Hoffmann (born 1983 in Frankfurt, Germany) is a German artist who creates sculptures, installations and videos. He is interested in conceptual analysis of common objects and everyday situations. He carries issues such as the cosmos, natural phenomena, the familiar, and the traditional object to the point of absurdity. At the very conception of each work, Bastian considers the seemingly impossible thought of its existence, with he goal being the physical realization of this fictional construct.

Bastian Hoffmann studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and Art Academy Düsseldorf and is the recipient of the North ­Rhine Westphalia State Award for Young Artists.

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Sarah Dahlinger

Sarah Dahlinger (Wyoming, 1987) is a visual artist coming to Flux from Portland, ME. As a multi-media artist, printmaker and cook, Sarah is interested in the complexities of social experiences, cultural idiosyncrasies and collective vices. Her work often pulls from specific venues that offer entertainment, distraction and escape in an effort to contemplate the relationship between moments of extraordinary circumstance and the inevitable return to day-to-day routine.

Sarah has recently shown in the Danube Video Art Festival (Grein, Austria), First Street Gallery (NYC), InLight Richmond (Richmond, Virginia), and Athens International Film and Video Festival (Athens, Ohio). Sarah also frequently collaborates with a group of artists called Springboard Collective; their most recent project being “Good Humor” held at Flux Factory last August.

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Olesya Shchukina

Olesya Shchukina is a Russian animation filmmaker and illustrator based in France. She mixes drama and comedy and uses animation as a medium to bring her ideas to life. Her shorts were screened at many film festivals around the world. She studied at St Petersburg State University of Cinema and TV (2009) and La Poudrière animation school (2012). Olesya is also a co-founder of Ko-ko-ko.
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Spring 2016 Fluxers-in-Residence Group Show

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On View:
Wednesday, May 18th – Sunday, May 22nd, 12-4 pm

Potluck, Artist Talks & Dance Party:
Saturday, May 21st, 8pm – 12 am
*FREE*

This exhibition celebrates the exuberance of the Flux Factory community, presenting work made by our Spring 2016 artists-in-residence. As part of the LIC Arts Open, our gallery will feature a variety of works created by our current and most recent resident artists.

The theme of this F.A.I.R. show is “Flux Green and Flamingo Pink.” Fluxers either used these two colors in their submissions or these colors inspired their process of creations. Organizers Eleanor Scholz and Seth Timothy Larson encouraged Fluxers to only use tools, resources, and materials found in LIC.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 5/18 – Sunday 5/22.

Please also join us for a potluck, artist talks, and a dance party in the kitchen on Saturday, May 21st. Dinner begins at 8 pm, followed by artist talks at 9 pm, and festivities in the kitchen begin around 10 pm.

Participating Fluxers:

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Barbara Vergara

Bárbara Vergara is an artist from Santiago, Chile, currently living in México City. Her work focuses on the visual reflection of everyday life, through observing the actions and issues that emerge in public space. In recent years her work has developed from observations and travels throughout the city, the context often multiple and distinct reveals the converging elements interacting in public. Beginning from what occurs in the everyday, specifically in public streets, she focuses on the ways that public space is practiced and inhabited, as a process of revealing the political, social and economic structures present.

From this exploration is where the research and then visual journals emerge, narrating stories that break linear time and space. The acquired fragments become crystallized or frozen, emerging as memories without place or time yet preserved through this assembled material. In this way, time functions like an axis, manifesting as videos, photographs, encapsulated resin, bags with objects, and waste and graphic materials, that are then brought to installation sphere.

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Cait Davis

The most common themes in the work of Cait Davis are nature, dichotomy and questions about existence. A multidisciplinary artist with a background in film and visual arts, she appreciates artwork that challenges her, making her uneasy while begging further examination. Cait explores these themes through varying techniques, including live-action cinema, animation, sculpture and printmaking, setting her subjects in a range of landscapes, from the darkly ominous to the candy colored. Cait co-owns a small stop-motion animation studio called Springtime Jellyfish and is currently completing her short film, “Stories of the Unconscious.” Not satisfied unless she has absolutely no free time, she is also sculpting imaginary creatures in ceramic, as well as continuing a print series of slugs.

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Ro Garrido

Ro Garrido is an artist from Queens, New York, born in Lima, Peru. They are a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist who works collage, mixed media, installation, photography, and writing. Ro’s work grapples with themes of memory, intimacy and loss, as related to migration, history, and trauma, in an attempt to build intimate, emotional linkages as a point of entry into personal and political forms of engagement. Ro is currently a 2016 Create Change Commission Artist with The Laundromat Project. Ro’s work has been featured at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Goddard College, Jack Studios, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Ro has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Visual Art and Mental Health from Goddard College.

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Yatta Zoker

yatta zoker is a sierra-leonean american digipoet & performer who remixes shamanic sounds with her jazz vocals to create music to lie down in. her work has been featured in Dazed Magazine, the Walker Art Center blog, and in Electric Object’s Art Club. she will be spending her time at Flux Factory creating a one-woman show exploring the connection between psychosis, spirituality, and african-ness/colonization.
 
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do you: open source

Sunday, 4/17 at 4 PM
$3-$5 suggested donation to help cover food costs!

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do you: open source is a showcase for QTPOC artists, who deal with questions related to their identities, technology, and performance, to center their experiences and experiment out loud.

Open source codes encourage communal learning, collaboration, and support. Open source is the beginning, the site for infinite variations. Our hope is that this showcase may foster new connections, inspire creative energy, and mark a Sunday when Things Felt Urgent.

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Organized by Yatta Zoker, a sierra-leonean american digipoet & performer who remixes shamanic sounds with her jazz vocals to create music to lie down in. her work has been featured in Dazed Magazine, the Walker Art Center blog, and in Electric Object’s Art Club. she will be spending her time at Flux Factory creating a one-woman show exploring the connection between psychosis, spirituality, and african-ness/colonization.

[this is a qtpoc-centered event, featuring, led by, and booked by QTPOC.
Flux Factory’s Safer Spaces Policy]

**no misogyny // no racism //\\ no homophobia \\ no transphobia \\ no ableism**

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April Flux Thursday

Thursday April 14th, 2016
Dinner at 8:00 pm. Presentations begin at 9:15 pm.
The event is free, but please do bring something (edible) to share!

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Presentations from Elisabeth Wieser, Joelle Fleurantin, Yatta Zoker and Robert Pounding. Dinner crafted by Sarah Greenbaum and Elisabeth Wieser.

Elisabeth Wieser is a German artist who creates site-specific sculptures and architectural interventions, complemented by film, drawings and collage. She is interested in illusionary materials, ‘non-spaces- and stage-like structures.

Joelle Fleurantin is an artist and design researcher in a committed relationship with her computer. Her work explores this sometimes functional, sometimes dysfunctional relationship.

Yatta Zoker is a sierra leonean-american digipoet and performer. she uses shamanic sounds, jazz vocals, text, and technology (spiritual & otherwise) to remember where she came from, and to envision where she is going.

Robert Pounding makes sounds and sometimes records them. He is interested in experimenting with different recording mediums, and using non-musical elements in musical compositions.

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Luminous Flux

Opening (with interactive performance): April 9th, 6-10pm
Fort Installation Performances: April 10th, 6-10pm

 

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Luminous Flux by Kathryn Sclavi is an interactive fabric fort installation and watercolor painting series dedicated to the phases of love, metaphorically interpreted by light emitted by the sun and absorbed by the moon. In this two day exhibition, Luminous Flux will host an opening with interactive performance and sound within the installation.

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Hadi Nasiri

Hadi Nasiri is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist / designer and activist.

Much of his work deals with topics that question today’s political, social, cultural and human rights. He was born and raised in southern Iran in a political family atmosphere, where he practiced politics and religious studies. He launched an underground organization “Afarinesh” at the age of 16 to help students discover the truth about their religion, which was opposite of the Islamic ideology. He started talking about what Islam really says about human rights, specifically women’s rights in schools.

He was arrested shortly after giving a speech titled “Hijab by the Quran” at the school’s library. The arrest experience led him to apply for art college in Shiraz, Iran to look for new potentials for his concerns. After finishing his college he spent two years in forced military service, but he transformed his “forced” experience into an opportunity for some performances and specific research. After his military requirements passed, Hadi went back to the college to continue his studies, but he was kicked out because of the political background.

At the age of 24, he was invited to the Tehran Art University to teach Art Theory and Performance for a semester, but soon afterwards he was asked to leave for the same reason. Before leaving Iran, he received a President’s Award for young entrepreneurs, inventors, and researchers.

Now based in the USA, Hadi is still exploring the relation between religion and contemporary life.He believes peoples’ ties with religion are more sophisticated than a drawn a line, and cannot be considered separately.

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Rony Efrat

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Rony Efrat makes art out of languages, text, sound and video. She is a translator, linguist, language teacher and the artistic director of a platform of artistic collaboration. She has lived and studied in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Venice and Paris, and teaches and learns Hebrew, English, French, Italian, and German. Rony explores the potential of belonging by creating language manuals and audio guides, translating poetry, prose and bureaucracy, and recording conversations with strangers.

A former journalist, she was an assistant at the Théâtre du Soleil at Festival d’Avignon and in the opera Einstein on The Beach. She has led workshops at the Comédie de Reims Theatre, and participated in creating a dramatized audio guide for the Louvre Museum. Rony founded Performance Etc., an ephemeral collective between France, Italy and Croatia. She is currently the artistic director of IGLOÙ, that puts together multidisciplinary writers and artists into a site specific performance festival. She has received the Créart’Up award for cultural development in Paris, an annual residency from the City of Paris, and a production grant from the European Cultural Foundation.

Tali Petschek & Marin Watts

Tali and Marin’s work is performative, most often existing as video in the shape of documentation of a private performance. These performances broadly explore intimacy and identity, as well as examines how queer bodies and identities exist in a society that polices and asserts what is socially acceptable. Throughout their explorations, they address boundaries and limits, pushing them, breaking them, exposing them. Their work is cathartic; it is process driven, sensual, playful, and healing.

Marin Watts is a Filipino-American multimedia artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  He is culturally rooted in the American South and has a long history of working collaboratively with youth and social justice communities.  His work includes photography, video, sound, and performance as a way to explore various themes of gender, sexuality and identity.

Tali Petschek is a multimedia artist and poet living and working in Long Island City, NY. They use their body in their work and explore the interplay between beauty and disgust, joy and grief and are interested in finding moments in which endings and beginnings are indistinguishable.

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Tommy Nguyensmith

Tommy Nguyen is Brooklyn-based artist from the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles by way of Buffalo, Toronto, and Houston. He started drawing with the intent of being an animator for Disney but then wanted to become an X-Men. The cheerful fantastic Americana mythology could not keep pace with his Queer Techno Orientalist social reality. Free community-focused performative installations to weirdo pop blazed events, he hopes for people to find their kink and enjoy that weirdness. Living in between cultures, comics, hip hop, technology, anime, clothes, and coffee is life.

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Breakfast Club

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Saturday, February 20th
11 am – 1 pm
Free!

Come start your day in the Flux kitchen! Whilst in New York, curator Louise Hobson is establishing temporary outposts of Breakfast Club, an open, all welcome, free breakfast event. This iteration of Breakfast Club will center around a conversation on production and the actions that lead to the making of things; things being art, exhibitions, events, etc.

Louise often uses social exchanges such as shared meals as forums for discussion, initiating Breakfast Club in 2014 at g39 in Cardiff, Wales.  In Cardiff, Breakfast Club is a weekly communal breakfast offered as an informal event for an institution and community to meet, eat together and talk together.

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RUBBER FOR YOUR PLEASURE

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Saturday, February 13th
8 pm til everything’s popped

The Unofficial Balloon PRIDE Day Parade Parade

The Big Crazy Specius Balloonus Animalus Long Island City Parade Battle Royale Float Happeninging Thinging Thingy with Balloons

4K+ biodegradable latex balloons all for you.

Come+
Build+
Play++
Parade+++
Battle+
War+
Wear+

And then destroy (Saturday Night for a poppin time till the poppin is over)

Come show us your balloon pride. And then show the world your balloon pride.

Why not make the largest balloon animal in the world and why not two or three and take them into the streets and battle the heck out of each other. There will be balloons. But let’s not be ashamed of our balloon enthusiasm. Let’s make it public. Let’s Parade them and be merry once again.

We shouldn’t hurt animals. But we can hurt balloon animals. At the end of the night we will destroy the thing we once built and loved. But let’s begin with the loving. With latex, of course.

Organized by Tommy Nguyen

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Louise Hobson

Louise Hobson is an independent creative practitioner, working across the roles of curator, producer and artist. Louise’s curatorial practice draws on architectural influences, using a cross-disciplinary approach to create propositions for new patterns of exchange. Recent projects have existed as collaborations with artists and curators, building on practical exercises and social exchanges to encourage new conversation in public space.

Recent and upcoming curatorial projects include: ‘Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker’: a group exhibition at Mission Gallery (Swansea, Wales) opening March 2016; the Jane Phillips Award Curatorial Residency; Yellow Back Books: a temporary artist book bookshop in Cardiff (in collaboration with Becca Thomas and Samuel Hasler); Venice Breakfast Club, a weekly communal breakfast for invigilators of the 2015 Venice Biennale; and do what you can: exercise x (in collaboration with Jess Mathews), an exhibition and event, which brought together a group artists to form a temporary gallery on unfinished foundations.

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Elisabeth Wieser

Elisabeth Wieser (b.1986 in Munich, Germany) is a German artist who creates site-specific sculptures and architectural interventions, complemented by drawings, collages and film. She is interested in stage-like structures, illusionary materials, ‘non-spaces’ and inadvertent sculptural vestige, examining the inter-relations of humans and their surroundings.

Elisabeth studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich and at Goldsmith College in London and is the recipient of the Bavarian State Sponsorship Award for Fine Art. In 2015 she spent two months in Detroit at the Popps Packing residency program.

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Sarah Greenbaum

Sarah Greenbaum is from East Hampton, NY. Her work ranges from traditional drawing and paintings to abstract watercolors and collage. From 2010-2013 she studied Drawing and Painting in Florence, Italy at the Russian Academy of Art, and in 2013 she studied Contemporary Painting at Santa Reparata International School of Art. During this time she also worked in various luthier workshops—studying and practicing woodworking, the handling of tools and learning the characteristics of wood. Currently she is illustrating a DIY comic book about how to build a ukulele. Sarah is now based in New York and has been at Flux Factory since October 1st 2015.

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TOK

TOK is curatorial collective based in St Petersburg and founded by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for conducting interdisciplinary projects in the fields of contemporary art and design and social sciences. TOK’s projects have a strong social component and deal with current issues that are widely discussed both in Russia and internationally such as migration, public space and citizens, development of education, deprivation of social resources, neoliberal values, welfare state, forming collective memory, use of natural resources and many others. For the last 5 years curators of TOK have been largely interested in exploring the concept of public space and state institutions in post-Soviet Russia and in the territory of the former Soviet Union, as well as perception, understanding and mechanisms of use of public spaces and open areas by residents of post-Soviet cities. One of the current interests of TOK is the repositioning of Russia at the global geopolitical arena and analysis of the processes that are related to it.

During its residency at Flux Factory TOK will be conducting a research on the role of the media in forming and broadcasting ideologically charged discourse in reference to the era of the Cold War and today’s global political agenda. TOK will conduct several public events and curate an archive-based exhibition at the Flux gallery in the end of February 2016.

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Alchemical Projections

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Alchemical Projections is an evening event at Flux Factory showing short experimental films. Join us in at 7 PM in the Gallery at Flux Factory  to see projections from Kyle ParsonsElisabeth WieserJason Eppink, among others. The night will foster learning, wonder— and provoke conversations on the matter of subject and technique. Stick around after for a Q&A with the artists.

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Free Admissions 
Popcorn and Beverages!
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For more information please email Sarah Greenbaum at spicassa@gmail.com
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Abigail Entsminger

Abigail Entsminger is a performance artist, writer, and set designer from San Antonio, TX. Her collaborative performance work focuses on a wide range of subjects varying from the examination of Futurist texts to community art fabrication under the guidance of fictional internationally renowned Artists.

Some of Abigail’s past projects include co-founding and producing with The Aesthetic of Waste performance collective such collaborative performance events as WE STOLE THIS, WHITE with Atticrep, The Most Important Night of Theatre You Will Ever Attend, The Hilda Kinder Retrospective of New Works and You will hear nothing of what you have always heard here. She has exhibited in Luminaria Arts Festival, at R Gallery, the Wong Grocery Gallery in San Antonio, the Houston Fringe Festival and The Fuchsbau Festival in Hanover, Germany among others.

Abigail received a B.A. from Trinity University in 2012, and has spent her time in San Antonio working on performance, set design, and creating interactive environments utilizing satire, adaptation of arts criticism, contemporary media in the form of allegory and various other mediums. She begins her residency at Flux Factory October 1st, joining collaborator Seth Larson.

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Fatima Rodrigo

Fátima Rodrigo (b. 1987 in Lima, Peru) lives and works in Lima, Peru. She works in a wide range of platforms such as sculptural objects, sound, performance, and drawing. Her work features modern tropical and geometric images filled with nostalgia from Latin American pop culture of the past.

Solo and group shows include: Otras Tardes (2014), Romántico Elegante (2013) and VIVO (2012), Museum of Modern Art of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Eleanor Scholz

Eleanor Scholz is a visual artist based out of Salt Lake City, Utah and the SF Bay Area. Her current work focuses on pyrography (wood burning), pattern building, the obsessive mark, and sacred artworks.

Eleanor has been active in the Salt Lake City art scene since 2006 as a member of Poor Yorick Art Studios and an exhibitor in several local galleries and festivals including Art Access, Finch Lane, Urban Arts Gallery, Utah Arts Festival, Kimball Arts Festival, as well as the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art shop. In 2014 she left Salt Lake in search of further education and experience, starting at the Istanbul Design center where she studied Geometric Patterns in Islamic Design, and currently in New York where she is excited to be working out of Flux Factory!

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September Flux Thursday!

Thursday September 10th

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

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

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Fall is here, and Flux is bubbling with new residents! Join us for our infamous Flux Thursday potluck dinner and salon, and meet our new crew!

Bonella Holloway and team will perform The Supper. Sat at a table, a group of diners eat before the audience, as their food slides down a conveyor belt. This work in progress will be performed for the first time based on research around rhythm, food and repetition. m. craig will be reading from her forthcoming queer, dystopian, fantasy, genre-bending steampunk novel. Perennial Fluxers Jaime Iglehart and Lawman Lynch will co-present on their workplace, The Salvation Army after school program in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Jaime will present her work in the after school program as a theoretical extension of her organizing work with the Utopia School, as well as within the broader history of free schools and social centers. Jaime and Lawman are also happy to speak about their upcoming educators in residence initiative at the Salvation Army after school program.

See you there!!

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Molly Haslund

Molly Haslund incorporates musical compositions, songs, lectures, movement and sculptural objects into interdisciplinary performances, often in close interaction with the audience, architecture and urban space. Her work explores how ideas, identities and social hierarchies are intimately connected and continuously negotiated through bodily gestures, rituals and arrangements of our physical surroundings. With her interest in physicality related to history, social environment and the present moment, her pieces are rarely constructed or performed the same way twice, but are usually developed locally or adapted to new locations in dialog with the given context.

Lately the core of her practice has been her interactive sculptures and functional objects – as the selection exhibited at MOMA, Roskilde, Denmark (2013) and the sculpture park Wanås Konst, Sweden (2014)
Alongside Molly has developed solo performances investigating music in relation to existential and cultural issues. In 2014 she was artist in residence through the Danish Arts Council at the international residency program ISCP in New York City. Here she developed and performed ‘Rhythm One Choreography’ with audience members for the Contemporary Performance Special Effects Festival at Participants Inc. Manhattan. She released her book ÉTUDE No. 1-19 (2014) based on her experiences with live music during her childhood and adolescence. The book furthermore acts as an integral part of an installation and videowork as well as a musical performance piece.

Currently she is developing new work for Peekskill Project 6 at HVCCA/ Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York. Supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. Molly Haslund is based in Denmark, Copenhagen. She graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2000-2005 and Glasgow School of Art MFA 2003-2005.

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ERO GURO NANSENSU: Modern Japan and Erotic Grotesque Nonsense

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Exhibition: September 12-15, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12, 6-9 pm, Artist Talk at 7 pm
Art History 101: Dance of Death: Mavo artists and Modern Tokyo: Sunday, 9/13, 3 PM
Open Hours: Sunday, 9/13 from 2-6; Monday and Tuesday 9/14-9/15 from 4-8 pm

In September, 1924, Mavo magazine Issue 3 was distributed by attaching firecrackers to the cover and launching them into the streets of Tokyo. On the day of the final proof of the magazine, contributor Yabashi Kimimaro issued the statement: “one should demand revolution as one demands alcohol and fulfillment of sexual desire.” Mavo magazine was compiled by an artist group associated under the same name (Mavo, active from 1923-1926) and it provides an important record of the avant-garde in Japan during the interwar period.

Kara Jefts, a curator, art historian, and artist, re-embodies the work of Mavo artists within contemporary networks in order to better understand a body of work from which little material evidence remains. By using practice-based research, Jefts looks to engage with contemporary artists whose work parallels themes of ero guro nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) a term used by Japanese mass media to describe counter culture from the 1920s to the 1940s.

By working within contemporary artist networks, Jefts seeks to learn from the ways in which themes repeat themselves across cultures and historic time periods, as well as to introduce new audiences to largely unrecognized Japanese artist movements from the early twentieth century.

On view at the Flux Factory are works from Jefts’ ongoing project, including photographs and ephemera from her collaboration with the artists Leonard Suryajaya, Dave J. Bermingham, and Tongyu Zhao, and the exhibition of new work to be developed during her Flux residency with the artist Jason Martin.

Events:

Artist Talk

Saturday, September 12, 7:00 PM

Kara Jefts will lead an informal discussion about her experience sharing art historical research in a way that inspires interest, collaboration, and reinterpretation. Jefts questions the reliability of recorded histories, and is interested in understanding the past through imagined experience.

Art History 101: Dance of Death: Mavo artists and Modern Tokyo

Sunday, September 13, 3:00 PM

Kara Jefts will present on Mavo artists in the context of 1920s Tokyo, explaining the uncertainty of this post-disaster earthquake moment in Japan and the artists’ interest in play and the political.

 

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Seth Larson

Seth Larson is a writer, performance artist and theater director from San Antonio, TX. He is a founding member of the Aesthetic of Waste and a director of Habitable Spaces, an artist residency and permaculture farm in Kingsbury, TX. His work focuses on the collaborative creation of performances, with an emphasis on Futurist and Surrealist themes.

Theatrical direction, writing and performance credits include an adaptation of Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariWe Stole ThisThe Most Important Night of Theater You Will Ever AttendWhite, John Clancy’s Fatboy, and Martin Casella’s The Irish Curse. Performances and installations have been produced at the Overtime Theater, the Houston Fringe Festival, AtticRep, the Fuchsbau Festival, and Luminaria. He was a participant in the Utopia School, when it met at Flux Factory in October 2014.
Seth Larson graduated from Trinity University in 2012 and has been working across south Texas. He joins Flux Factory in September 2015 with his long time collaborator, Abigail Entsminger.

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Kara Jefts

Kara Jefts is a curator, art historian, and artist who received her MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and her BA in Art History and Asian Studies from Union College. She always wished she had been a dancer and believes most in a Frankie Knuckles quote: “the dance floor is a sacred space.”

In order to better understand the modern Japanese avant-garde, I am interested in re-embodying images within contemporary artist networks.  My work centers around themes of ero guro nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) and the activity of an artist group associated under the name Mavo (active 1923-1926). My aim is not to replicate experience, but instead, to learn from the ways in which themes repeat themselves across cultures and historic time periods.

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