Maya Quattropani

Maya Quattropani is a visual artist and art teacher based in Turin, Italy, working with performance, analog photography, video, sound and textual/narrative installations. Her passion is applied activities and instruments inherited from artistic avant-garde on traditional psychoanalysis, medical science and anthropology. Her current research focuses on the concept of body as living musical instrument involving theories about personality, communication, automatisms, psycho-geographic drifts, and alternative game rules. Quattropani’s work is an archive-in-progress of daily rituals developed in participatory actions/games/workshops/excursions involving people to cooperate in the construction of a new (artistic) community. She also is a member of “The Shrodinger Cat’s” project with the game designer Giacomo Marchetti to create goliardic songs, movie clips and unconventional symphonies.

Maya Quattropani received her BFA in Painting form Michelangelo Castello Academy of Siracusa, and her MFA in Visual and Performing Art from Albertina Academy of Turin, IT. She directs experimental didactic programs and participates in group shows, art festivals, and site specific events collaborating with schools, museums, foundations, galleries, and non-profit organizations. She is a recipient of DE.MO. / MOVIN’UP I session 2015 grant promoted by Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists to support her residency in Flux Factory. She is currently planning a collective action-game for the PLATFORM -Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY.

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Dylan Neely

Dylan Neely is a composer and improviser whose work includes electroacoustic violin performance, opera, sound installation, and various multimedia collaborations. His music has been played by groups including Quartetto Indaco, Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble, Ensemble Móbile, The American Composers’ Orchestra, and The Salome Chamber Orchestra.

A Fulbright Fellow, Dylan has participated in residencies/programs through The Watermill Center, SiMN, The New York Youth Symphony, mpa-B, and highSCORE, with performances at venues including Symphony Space, The Museum of the Moving Image (MATA Interval), Issue Project Room, Lincoln Center Film Society (Sound + Vision Live), and La MaMa (Culturehub). He received a B.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and M.F.A. from Mills College. These days, he performs with Fan Letters and works in film music.
 
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Bonella Holloway

Bonella Holloway (FR) explores the structures of everyday life, focusing on its humour and musicality through video, writing, sound and performance. Rhythms of transport, meals, speech, emotional patterns, sexuality, editing processes of cinema, and experimental music become tropes, used and deformed to construct her own visual universe. Bonella embraces a certain sincerity that occurs when spontaneous and imperfect details transpire. Any wrongness that may occur in work processes are deliberately kept, thus developing an unpolished and concrete aesthetic.

Thus far, Bonella’s research is built around several notions including the misuse of daily instants, stutters, repetition and rehearsal, using the invisible and daily life as a raw matter.

Bonella graduated from the Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse in 2014, and has since been working in France, Germany and Belgium. She will experience her first month as a Fluxer in September 2015.

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Ariel Abrahams

Ariel Abrahams writes poetry in email, inky pen drawings, .zip files, audio, sleepovers, long walks, and Shabbat dinners. He is excellent at constructing “other-spaces” that exist outside the constraints of our working definition of reality. Ariel was born in New York, and teaches time-travel classes. He makes serious work about the nature of inspiration as understood through the history of religion. Ariel graduated from NYU in 2010. He is the Director of Public Engagement for Odyssey Works, and participates in the collective Soft Power.

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Abreaction Open Call

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Abreaction is the extraction of memory stored within a muscle, resurfaced through kinetics and physical movement, of which the individual was previously unaware. Curator Caroline Partamian continues her muscle memory series with a food related exhibition. Projects submitted will explore memories associated with specific types of food and the aesthetics of behavior through the senses and kinetic movement. Immediate, visceral, candid, fearless, and daring multi-media work are encouraged to apply, particularly involving Video and Performance. The show will be held at Flux Factory in Long Island City from September 24-September 26.

Please submit your CV and a proposal including a description of your food-related memory and your project with materials you plan to use (no more than 500 words) to caroline907@gmail.com. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis between now and Friday August 14th. Participants will be notified as soon as possible after submission and no later than Monday August 17th.

Lyoudmila Milanova

Lyoudmila Milanova is a media artist based in Cologne, Germany, who works across the boundaries of video, installation and performance. She is fascinated by the nature of the process, the gradual change, by those tiny, almost invisible moments of transitions when the standstill turns to movement, the static to the kinetic, or vice versa. Lyoudmila Milanova’s recent work focuses on the performative aspects of daily routines. Stereotypes of moving and speaking from everyday life have been investigated according to the criterion of rhythm and choreography. Repetitions and interruptions deconstruct familiar situations and create an endless variance of those.

Born in Bulgaria, Lyoudmila Milanova acquired 2006 her master’s degree in media studies at the University of Cologne and 2011 a diploma in audiovisual media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In the past few years, she has been working as a video artist for several stage productions at the Theatre House in Cologne, as well as for independent dance companies like MOUVOIR (Stephanie Thiersch) and IP Tanz (Ilona Paszthy). She also participated in the residency program of PACT Zollverein, Essen, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and Flux Factory, New York.

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Caroline Partamian

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.

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Hotel Wars Open Call

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October 2015

In the past few years, dozens of hotels have sprung up right alongside the Flux Factory building in Long Island City, and over 20 more independent and brand name hotels are set to break ground soon. The hotel boom has quickly changed the neighborhood into a shifting community of passing visitors. Who are the people inside the hotels, how does hotel development change a neighborhood’s character, and how do they serve the existing LIC community?

To playfully respond to these rapid changes and their implications, Flux Factory has organized a month-long Olympic-style competition that engages with the multiple hotels within a one block radius of Flux and their guests. Four teams of artists, game designers, urban theorists and interventionists will be headquartered at competing hotels. Each week they will be given a prompt that provokes questions about how hotels serve an existing neighborhood, the effects of tourism, and the communities the industry creates. They’ll have seven days to engage with tourists and neighbors to craft their response using a variety of media including performance, print, video, and installation. At the end of each week, works will be unveiled, and local celebrities and community stakeholders will award medals at a series of elaborate awards ceremonies.

Flux is seeking highly collaborative multidisciplinary artists and designers, social practice artists, visual artists, and performers to band together in the pursuit of fame and glory in the first Long Island City Hotel Wars.

Please send your CV and portfolio to exhibitions@fluxfactory.org. Applications are due July 17th, and applicants will be notified August 1st.

In your application, please also tell us about one experience you’ve had in a hotel.

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Maddie Hewitt

Maddie Hewitt is a visual artist and curator from Philadelphia, PA. In her artistic practice, Hewitt uses familiar objects to alter the viewer’s conception of time and its natural rhythm. Through video, installation, and performance, fleeting moments transcend into catatonia. Hewitt’s recent work reveals her preoccupation with the notion of daily routines, automatic response, natural phenomena, and cinema.

Hewitt holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art with a focus in Sculpture. Since 2013, she has curated at the Philadelphia collective art space Little Berlin where she organizes month-long exhibitions, film screenings, performances, weekend-long festivals, artist critiques, and other public events.

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Apocalypse Chow

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For three Tuesdays in July, the New York Restoration Project and Flux Factory present
a series of free sun-cooked meals paired with performances in the
Bed-Stuy Community Garden. Our team has built two solar ovens out of a steel oil drum, and invited chefs to experiment with different ways of cooking with the sun.
Each week features performances that focus on bringing interactive and
community-oriented performance work outdoors.

All events are free and all ages.

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July 7
7 PM — CHOW
Is a collaboration of chefs and artists CARINA KAUFMAN, DANAE LAGOY, and ROSS GARCIA. They have been experimenting with what cooking techniques work best with the solar ovens and are excited to share their findings in preparation of a spread of Mediterranean inspired cuisine cooked solely with the sun.
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July 14
7 PM — ZODIAC DINNER CLUB
Is a social club that promotes methods of seeing and holding space for way-out consciousnesses. We practice awareness of the continual turning of the wheel as the sun travels through each sign. Members include ALLISON HALTER, LENA HAWKINS, TINA KOHLMANN & WILL OWEN.
8:30 PM — WESLEY MARCARELLI
Is a Brooklyn based artist and electrical engineer investigating inherent and assigned esoteric qualities in technological devices. His practice appropriates discarded or otherwise obsolete electronics and design practices in a combination of performance, installation, and teaching. Wesley founded Waste Electronic Systems, a business developing products that integrate old media into new designs, and new designs with sustainable relevance.
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July 21
6:30 PM — WORKSHOP
Build your own sun oven with Apocalypse Chow curators out of cardboard and tin foil, and a basic solar circuit from recycled solar panels. All materials provided. RSVP TO HI@NIGHTLIGHT.XYZ
8 PM — CYNTHIA TOMASINI 
Is a classically trained chef and graduate of the French Culinary Institute. She has worked as a chef for the non-for profit org.Wellness in the Schools, promoting healthy eating and environmental awareness as a way of life for children in NYC public schools. She initiates solar demos in schools and  greenmarkets. She also moonlights as a private chef for various clients.
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Apocalypse Chow is part of Nightlight, an ongoing series of free art and education events exploring creative uses of the sun that take place in community gardens throughout New York City.
This program is supported, in part, by the New York Restoration Project, Marlow & Daughters, Wilklow Orchards, 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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Tzu-Huan Lin

Tzu-Huan Lin is a Taiwanese artist who received an MFA in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in 2013. He is an Artist, Art director and Asian. He creates work with situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created.

 

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Jemila MacEwan

Jemila MacEwan is a Scottish born artist based in New York and Melbourne. Her work is characterized by an otherworldly re-imagining of the body through processes of play.She received a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at the Governor’s Island Art Fair and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Place of Assembly), BUS Gallery, C3 and Craft Victoria in Australia, among others. She has curated group shows and conducted workshops for children exploring hybridized artforms. She has received multiple awards and has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Graduate Women Victoria Scholarship.

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Lee Tusman

Lee Tusman presents projects that straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based, urban in nature and that combine unconventional practices with contemporary visual arts and internet media. Tusman has curated dozens of exhibitions and public projects for a diverse group of universities, galleries, institutions, alternative spaces and public interventions including UCLA; California State University, Northridge; University of California, Riverside; Riverside Art Museum; Little Berlin; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts; Space 1026; Ontario College of Art and Design; and others.

Outside of institutions, Tusman curates and produces projects in non-traditional spaces including abandoned buildings, vehicles, gas stations, and elevators. Recent projects include: Creative Director and Curator of the citywide Hidden City Philadelphia Festival; Artist and Creative Director of a temporary radio station of slow experimental music for Pew Center for Arts and Heritage research group New Spaces / New Formats; Curator of an exhibition of bot-designed artwork, Heavily Scripted, for Little Berlin; Creative Director of the new Unknown Territory artist-in-residency for artists working with technology at The Hacktory in Philadelphia. He has been a curatorial member of Little Berlin art space since January 2012.

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Antje Rieck

Antje Rieck’s work examines ideas of transformation, transcendance and metamorphosis, positioning the human body as a porous receptacle in dialogue with its environment. More recently, her practice has expanded into the investigation of the structure with and around space formed by the biography of the social fabric. In her sculptural and site specific installations, she uses organic materials such as marble, wood and stone as well as other mediums including photography, video, digital animation, performance. Rieck’s process of investigation is informed by different layers of perception which she refers to as ‘experimental fields’ or ‘playing fields’ that create a visible geographical reference to the imaginary of the infinite. In her latest investigations, she explores crystalline growth and its unique properties that are unlike other growing structures found in the physical universe.

Rieck has  won several awards and recognitions, including the Cesare Pavese prize for sculpture (1997) and The Targetti Art Collection award.  Exhibitions include“Illuminations d’eau”(directed and choreographed by Robert Castle, with a creative reconstruction of fragments of the (now lost) original score by Willy Merz) at the Fondazione Mario Merz, Turin (2008) ;“The solitary body”,  Riccardo Costantini Gallery, Turin (2013); “Glasstress 2011”,  54th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Venice Bienale, on display at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti  and the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass on Murano. Public commissions include“The mark of the Chemist: A Dialogue with Primo Levi”, commissioned by the Fondazione Primo Levi in collaboration with the Theater Teatro Stabile, Turin (2010) and the installation “Memory to the Martyrs of the Fosse Ardeatine”, Rome (2006).

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Paul Kuniholm Pauper

Paul Kuniholm Pauper’s diverse artistic practice arises amidst issues such as consumerism, corporatocratic evolution, anthropological inquiry overlain popular culture, psychological therapeutic mechanisms, sound language, noise identity, compensatory behavior and durational Art, often in response to self-instigated antipathy toward social media and media distortion of identity. Paul Kuniholm Pauper’s studio process creates art embodying sculptural objects, wearable art intervention, location-categoric installation, video and as yet undefined time-based artwork that is exhibited in museums and other cultural venues internationally.

 

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Stephanie Griffin

Stephanie is a film photographer, organizer, curator and facilitator of people, music, vintage clothing and various desert plants, and is Flux Factory’s PR Director and Bookkeeper. She studied public relations at the University of New Mexico (but almost majored in forensic science instead). Stephanie is a member of the Silent Barn collective in Bushwick where she helps make DIY magic happen.

She has lived in New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Georgia and now New York where she takes ghostly photos that you’ll probably never see.

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Kathryn Sclavi

Kathryn Sclavi is an artist, educator, and art education consultant originally from Trenton, NJ and currently based in Philadelphia.   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.

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 Curriclum award from Fleisher Art Memorial, and is a featured Graduate Alumni from the Tyler School of Art.

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Kitchens & Capitalism

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Kitchens & Capitalism 
Opening Reception: December 11, 6-11 pm.
December 12-14: 1-8 pm daily. 
December 14: Brunch and performance by Athena Kokoronis at 2 pm. 

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

Economics began in Greece, as household management and later became the management of material resources. Contemporary economics is all too often lost in a fiction of financial instruments and abstractions. Economics without a kitchen is a cruelty, and for many this abstraction is as real as an empty stomach. Capitalism is domesticated by the kitchen, as our relationship to food and cooking has changed our desires have been rewritten over the stove and around the table. This project approaches kitchens with the fervor of a thinktank and foregrounds the economic matters at the kitchen’s heart.

December 14: 2pm: Introduction: A performance-work & brunch by Athena Kokoronis 
Choreographed by Athena Kokoronis in collaboration with performer, Nikima Jagadev, Introduction is a movement before the movement. It is the first iteration of a performance-work and brunch that proposes a Domestic Performance Agency. Domestic Performance Agency is a space where choreographic problems meet domestic strategy. It is in part informed by Kokoronis’ decade-long work as a domestic laborer. Introduction is in part, a dedication to three of her past clients; all of whom are mothers, acclaimed artists, and whose studio practice took place within their domestic setting.

Walker Tufts uses writing, art, and dialogue to explore collaboration, institutional forms, pedagogy, and landscape.

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

Kitchens & Capitalism is partially funded by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, with special thanks to The Land Institute.

 


 

 

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Flux 20th Anniversary Book & Boxed Set

Flux 20th Anniversary Book and Boxed Set
Limited Edition, letter-pressed and hand-assembled
Curated by Board Member and long-time Fluxer, Jason “Phunquey” Brown
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Who knew you could contain 20 years of Fluxiness inside one (shiny) box? Celebrate the adventure, artistic triumphs, epic failures, and historical narrative of Flux in honor of this 20th Anniversary milestone.

Featuring a book of original writing by Fluxers past and present, drawing and plans of a Flux that never came to be, a DVD of a short film by Jean Barberis and Pierre Alexis, a custom wearable patch from the Flux Arhus project, photos, artifacts and much more!




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Robert Levy

Robert Levy‘s present work encompasses electromechanical sculpture, installation, and photography, and draws inspiration from nonlinear dynamics and systems neuroscience. He is especially interested in oscillatory models of mental illness and social dysfunction, and in the investigation of  boundary states where scientific practice coexists with magic and folklore. Robert has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Neuroscience and PLoS Computational Biology. He lives and works in New York City.

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Deep Water Deep Water

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Deep Water, Deep Water
November 16 – 22: 3-6pm daily.
Opening Reception: November 15. Doors at 7pm, performance begins at 8:30pm

Deep Water, Deep Water employs images, objects, and words to process, examine, and experience ecstatic aloneness. 

I remember standing inside a chapel made of dead monks’ bones, so silent and clean, and marveling at its beauty, unaffected and unafraid. I know there was once a time when I could say that no one I loved had died, and it seems funny to remember, to think that such a time existed at all. When death did come for him, it wasn’t silent or clean. The end was loud, before and after. 

Deep Water, Deep Water is concerned with this process of becoming a lone thing, the person left to live behind and stay beyond, to outlast the other. Using remembered spaces and places as points of entry, the exhibition narrates this experience of a life holding loss in both visual and verbal modes. Alisha Monypenny is a painter, maker, storyteller, and collector. In conjunction with the exhibition, Monypenny will perform a reading from her catalog of images and prose, Shudder Hum, which will be made available for perusal and purchase.  

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Contemporary Criticism

 

Contemporary Criticism – a workshop at Flux Factory on critical practice and writing

November 9, 2014
3 to 7 p.m.

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How does contemporary art practices challenge the way of acting out the role as an art critic? What means does art criticism lack or have at hand when confronted by the system of representation and artistic formats anno 2014?

This workshop at Flux Factory will attempt to make these questions both transparent and challenged by introducing and discussing the state of critical theory and practice in the cultural curcuit. Thus, the workshop will vitalize the problems in cultural representation and the practical tasks of criticality today by presenting a group of central agents in the critical field and bringing this discussion to the public realm.

 

The question is simple but urgent: How do we critically represent and mediate contemporary art today?

 


 

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November Flux Thursday!

Thursday November 13th
Dinner at 8pm, Presentations begin at 9:30pm
The event is free, but do bring something delicious to share!

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Please join us on November 13th for our monthly potluck and art salon. Dinner starts at 8pm and artists presentations start at 9:30pm.

For the potluck, dinner artist-in-resident Will Owen will be preparing recipes he was given by hotel tenants and hotel workers during a brief art residency at the ACE hotel in October 2014. Collecting these recipes is part of a larger project he has been working on for the past 4 years, gathering recipes that others have memorized. Eventually these recipes will be presented as a free cookbook distributed throughout the US on Greyhound buses and Amtrak Train lines, further passing along the hospitality that was originally shown to him.

Menu (still bring food to share!)*:

Appetizer:

Rosemary toast with pimento cheese spread

Main:

Lemon Lentil Soup

Tortilla Española

Massaged Parsley Salad

Dessert:

Sweet Potato Pie With burnt marshmallow rice crispie treat crumble

Presentations by Flux Artists-In-Residence:

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Matthias Borello, resident curator at Flux Factory, will present the work of the Danish artist Kenneth Balfelt. In his practice social matters and structures are challenged by the inclusion of communities that commonly perceived as less than resourceful. Balfelt presents them as the producers and experts within the context of the projects.

Julia Carillo will show recent work and talk a little about her process. The work is developed from the relationship between geometry, physics, space and transformations between them.

Rodrigo Imaz will be presenting the documentary project Juan Perros:

In the ecological reservoir of Cuatro Ciénegas, a rare desert surrounded by endangered water ponds in Northern Mexico, Juan collects waste for survival and spends his days working in solitude in search of a better life for himself and his animals. In his community Juan de la Garza has been dismissively nicknamed Juan Perros.

Ayden LeRoux will share her recent explorations in making domestic labor visible, including a recent project made during a residency at the ACE Hotel.

Alisha Monypenny will share images that draw upon ecstatic aloneness and will explain how her studio practice relates to her training and experiences as a therapeutic arts facilitator.

Donald Daedalus

Donald Daedalus is an artist interested in architecture and urban design; critical and expanded cinema; epistemology and scientific method. He makes videos, sculptures, books and publishes other artists’ books under Lugubrious, New York, a liaising entity. He works with Critical Practices Inc., facilitating dialogues about cultural production.

 

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Valentina Medda

I’m interested in the idea of appropriation as a way to build a sense of belonging, while at the same time saving one’s individuality and identity.

Particularly, I’m concerned by one’s relationship with the urban environment, the possibility of feeling part of it, grasping its borders and reshaping it an way that reflects one’s desires and needs.

In doing so, I want to blur the line between private and public, body and architecture, self and object,  imposing an internal perception of time. I try to raise questions about freedom, accessibility and expectations, as well as about urban planning, local government and social organizations.

My body plays an important role in my work, as a tool to map the surrounding and to sense the situations I’m dealing with, so I personally consider my practice as somehow a performative one, although my pieces are rarely performances and are more likely pictures, maps, interventions and “writing”.

 

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Menu For Mars Supper Club (M4MSC)

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Menu For Mars Supper Club

organized by Heidi Neilson & Douglas Paulson

There is nothing to eat on Mars, unless you eat rock.  To augment government and private space programs, The Menu for Mars Supper Club will research and taste-test a menu for dinner tables en route to, and on, the Red Planet.

We are a dedicated crew of culinary explorers that meet at a different restaurant each month. Our mission is to eat and survey these restaurants; gathering recommendations, suggestions and opinions from restaurateurs about what food they would prepare on Mars.  Each dinner we are joined by an expert who has insight into related fields: spaceship permaculture, micro-horticulture, space nutrition, culinary anthropology, and more.  The series will culminate in a Martian cook-off.

The supper club’s collected and summarized dinner findings will be made available to NASA, the Chinese Space Program, the India Mars Mission, the Mars One endeavor, and other people engaged in planning Mars colonization.

At the end of the series, we will celebrate with a cook-off. In the Flux kitchen, guest chefs will cook meals suitable for Mars for a panel of outer space professionals.

We are gathering our data here: Menu4Mars.net

To join the M4MSC crew, write doug@fluxfactory.org, with the subject: “MAR.S.V.P.”


Cuisine: Indian.
Location: Long Island City.
Topic: While dining, we will be discussing the history of food in outer space.

Cuisine: Dim Sum + bugs.
Location: Chinatown.
Topic: While dining, Gil Lopez, of Smiling Hog’s Head Ranch, will launch the conversation with a crash course in growing and eating fungi, algae, bugs, and pickle-ables – on this world and the next.  He’ll bring an assortment of bugs to top off our Dim Sum mushrooms.

Cuisine: Meal Replacement Picnic.
Location: Central Park.
Topic: Meal replacement picnic in Central Park! We’ll gather a selection of meal replacements for a mouth watering taste test buffet in the grass.  We’ll discuss the role of, and considerations when making replacement meals for the menus on Mars.

Cuisine: Moonshine.
Location: Van Brunt Stillhouse.
Topic: We’ll be exploring the possibility of colonial Martian libations at Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook.  Afterwards, we’ll trod over to Brooklyn Ice House, since Mars is cold, for dinner and to speculate further about Martian pub culture.

Cuisine: Russian.
Location: Hell’s Kitchen
Topic: Arlin Crotts, Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University and author of The New Moon: Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation, will be joining us to talk about the nuts & bolts (and tastes & smells!) of living on Mars (and the Moon)

Cuisine: Ethiopian.
Location: Cobble Hill.
Topic: Jana Grcevich, Astrophysicist and member of the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, will be joining us to discuss how astronauts heat food in space, particularly what induction heating is and how it is used, and the advantages induction heating would have for on-Mars cooking. We’ll also discuss the physics behind why, even in artificially pressurized environments, we’ll have to use the “high altitude” version of a recipe on Mars.

Cuisine: farm-to-table.Location: Upper West Side.
Ann Nunziata, a certified Natural Foods Chef at NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute will discuss food energetics—the holistic study of how food is prepared and how it affects our lives and well-being, on Earth and on Mars.

Cuisine: it’s not cuisine anymore, it’s compost.
Location: Crown Heights.
We’ll visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to view their composting exhibit and speak to an expert about cultivating dirt, and food, on Mars. Repair afterward to the Way Station, a science-fiction themed based bar near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for brainstorming toward our final event in May.

 

 

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October Flux Thursday: October 9

Thursday October 9
Dinner at 8pm, Presentations begin at 9:30pm
The event is free, but do bring something to share!

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Please join us on October 9th for our monthly community potluck and art salon: an informal time to catch up with old friends, eat something delicious prepared by our artist-chefs, and learn more about projects by Fluxers old and new.

This month’s presentation will be a Utopia School takeover, an all-day learning, making, and eating event.

  • 12pm ‘Quality of Life’ Enforcement, a performative research process in collaboration with Art in Odd Places (AiOP). Concerned with how quality of life is interpreted and enforced by NYC authorities, this workshop will look at how the city allows or disallows human activity (including creativity) at different socio-economic levels, and depending on where one comes from.
  • 12pm Ad Hacking: Using art to improve our immediate environment.
  • 2-4pm Master Suppression Techniques: Almost everyone can turn to using suppression techniques unconsciously or consciously when we feel pressured or attacked in a conversation, or feel a justified need/ want to exercise power over someone else. An introduction to suppression techniques is meant to create awareness of ones own use of these and how we sometimes, without thinking about it, take part in subtle acts of domination.
  • 6-9pm Fixing Session: Fixers’ Collective NYC is a group of folks dedicated to working together to fix things – encouraging improvisational fixing and mending and fighting planned obsolescence. This will be a skill-sharing session where people will not only bring in their broken items, but they will also participate in the repair process and receive informal and casual training

Join us for the whole day of workshops, or come by in the evening for our 8pm potluck! If you’re curious to learn more about Utopia School, this is a great time to check it out! Full Utopia School Calendar of events is available here.

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Julia Carrillo Escalera

Julia Carrillo Escalera has a Master in Fine Arts and Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her artistic practice utilizes mathematics and physics in order to build an approach to natural phenomena, such as the transformation of space, the motion of light, and the forces that condition life on Earth. Scientific thought poses questions which art allows her to understand through sensitivity. Her creative endeavors allow her to bring together scientific and artistic techniques to represent the phenomena she researches in her surroundings; the use of such mathematical concepts as ‘boundaries’ and ‘infinite’ serve to analyze the imprecise nature of reality. In this way she seeks to call reality into question from the standpoint of science, while understanding it from the viewpoint of art.

Her creative processes involves the use of media such as photography, sculpture, drawing, and installation art. She has been part of numerous exhibitions, both in Mexico and abroad, among which ‘Collusion’ stands out and, which took place in contemporary art Galería Metropolitana in Santiago de Chile in 2014. Julia is currently a Fellow in the artistic residencies program at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York supported by the National Fond for the Culture and the Arts (FONCA).  and Fellow in the Program to Support Production and Research in Art supported by the Multimedia Center of the National Arts Centre (CNA).

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Amber Hickey

Amber is a cultural researcher and educator based in Santa Cruz, CA. She has taught at Scripps College Claremont, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and UC Santa Cruz and shared projects at the Tate Modern (London), Salon Populaire (Berlin), the white space (Zurich) and the Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin) among others. She is the editor of A Guidebook of Alternative Nows (Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2012) and is currently working on a project about non-human climate activism.

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Rodrigo Ímaz

Through poetical analogies of nature and anthropogenic events, Rodrigo Ímaz‘s practice emphasizes the inadequacies of instrumental reason, while critiquing contemporary society by exploring the violent nature of the relationship between life and cycles of nature. In his work, organic forms arise, threatening human pride and its arrogance and the course of progress, while poetry ennobles language and human creations.”

Ímaz (b. 1982, Mexico City) was in residency at Art Omi (2013). He has been awarded the scholarship for Master Studies from the National Fund for Arts (FONCA) and the Youth Award (INJUVE) – Colección Jumex. His work has been featured in many exhibitions around the world. He currently has a solo show at MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey. Solo shows in Mexico include “Haciendo Agua” (2012),”Proyecto Invisible” (2012),”Parvada” (2011), “Cefalópodo” (2010), “Ya no llueve” (2009), “Sombra de la sombra” (2007), “Ecos de Juana” (2007), “Especulaciones” (2006), “La incertidumbre también es un motivo” (2006).

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SofieRex

SofieRex is a queer-feminist political activist from Copenhagen-Denmark with loads of experience working with political community building, collective organizing and political events/protests, employing ideas of Utopia centered around non-hierarchical collective living and collective political organizing as both a personal and structural ideal. SofieRex has been part of the organizing and political development of the Copenhagen Women’s house – project, the Copenhagen queer festival as well as other collective political projects and processes.

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Seth Larson

Seth Larson is a performance artist and director living in San Antonio, Texas. He focuses on Futurist and Surrealist theater, which acted as the inspiration for the performance art collective he helped found in 2012, the Aesthetic of Waste. He is also a director of Habitable Spaces in Kingsbury, Tx. He primarily works on collaborative original theater and has acted as writer, director and performer on a number of projects, including an adaptation of Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, We Stole This (a weekly series that ran from 2012-2013), The Most Important Night of Theater You Will Ever Attend, and White.

 

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Lavinia Raccanello

Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an Italian artist and activist now based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work focuses on the relationship between human beings, society and social justice, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice, and the conflict between state power and personal autonomy and responsibility. She’s spending this October in residency with Flux Factory and the Utopia School.

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Stephen Polk

Stephen Polk is an educator, researcher, and community organizer from Denver, CO. He has been involved in numerous movements and projects, from anti-war organizing to 10 years of collective living, Occupy Denver to food justice and gardening. For his artist-residency with Utopia School and Flux Factory, he is spearheading a Participatory Action Research project that empowers participants to work towards positive change on issues that are important to the group.

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Walker Tufts

Walker Tufts uses writing, art, and dialogue to explore collaboration, institutional forms, pedagogy, and landscape. From 2004-2007, Walker worked with spurse, then helped design, build, and run a restaurant & venue from 2007-2009, and graduated from James Madison University with a Masters in Studio Art in 2011. During summers from 2007-2011, Walker worked at Mildred’s Lane. In 2012, Walker worked as Communications Curator at Elsewhere, a museum inside a former thrift store, and did freelance work at Salt & Cedar. He currently works with Camp Little Hope.

Walker comes to Flux as a Utopia School Fellow for October, and a Fluxer through the end of the 2014. The photo below has been heroically rescued from Myspace. For more information on Walker’s Myspace, please click here.
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September Flux Thursday

Thursday September 11
Dinner at 8pm, Presentations begin at 9:30pm
The event is free, but do bring something to share!

Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 10.01.22 AM Please join us on September 11th for our monthly community potluck and art salon: an informal time to catch up with old friends, eat something delicious prepared by our artist-chefs, and learn more about projects by Fluxers old and new.

This month, new artist-in-residence Matthias Borello will present a video piece by Danish artist Morten Dysgaard which examines a scene from the original Superman (1979) challenging the white, male, American figure of the superhero. Maura Brewer and her collaborator Abigail Glaum-Lathbury will present their Utopian Jumpsuits: non-gendered, and radically sized designs drawing on histories of radical fashion, Victorian dress reform, feminism and science fiction. Artist-in-residence Jaime Iglehart will screen a segment of her new documentary, Made Possible By Squatting, a video which chronicles a week in the life of a squatted social center in London. And to humbly honor the evening’s obvious anniversary, artist-in-residence Alex Nathanson will organize 9/11 jokes chronologically in an attempt to define the genre, explore what it means to evoke the event, and debunk “too soonism.” 

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We’re Hiring: Development Officer

Join Flux’s Administrative Team! We’re hiring a part-time Development Officer
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Development Officer

Flux Factory is seeking a part-time Development Officer. This position works with the Executive Director and the administrative team to maintain and develop Flux’s relationships with state and federal funders, foundations, corporate philanthropies, and private donors

Flux Factory is a prolific 20 year old collective and a unique, participatory 501c3, which has a rigorous commitment to cultivating a strong and enduring creative community. “Fluxers” are an expansive and diverse group of cultural producers who work together to realize our programs: collaborative exhibitions, educational initiatives, and our international Artist-in-Residence program. All members of the collective – staff, residents, and community members – work together to shape the future of the collective and organization.

Responsibilities include:
Grant Writing and Management (Primary):

  • Research and identify funding opportunities
  • Write grant proposals to secure funding for our exhibitions, international residency program, and educational  initiatives
  • Articulate Flux’s unique contribution to the NYC and global art world in grant language, ensuring that funding opportunities support Flux’s mission
  • Cultivate substantive relationships with foundations and corporate philanthropies on behalf of Flux Factory, and maintaining detailed records of this correspondence (ie. invitations to exhibitions and committees, inquiries made, LOIs submitted, etc)
  • Maintain a grant calendar and ensure adherence to deadlines
  • Complete grant reports with support from with Executive Director and other Administrative staff

Special Events Management (Secondary)

  • Identify and pursue in-kind sponsorships and donations for annual fundraising events
  • Work in collaboration with Executive Director and other Administrative staff to assist in producing our annual auction fundraiser event
  • Introduce and implement new fundraising methods that work within our current structures (i.e. membership programs, smaller fundraisers, matching campaigns)
  • Activate Flux’s large volunteer network of artists-in-residence, past residents, and local supporters to produce fundraising events

Ideal candidate has:

  • 2+ years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations in a similar capacity
  • Proven innovative and entrepreneurial spirit; outstanding organizational skills with many logistical details
  • Knowledge of and passion for the arts, non-profits, DIY, and collaborative sectors specifically in NYC
  • Evidence of having creatively and strategically pursued funding and/or sponsorship in past roles
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with the administrative staff and artists in residence.
  • Self-starter with creative vision, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to serving others who depend on her/him while prioritizing most important tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • 2+ years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations in a similar capacity
  • Graduate degree in development, arts administration or the equivalent preferred; undergraduate degree required

Hours:  Schedule is approximately 8-16 hours/week, including regular meetings with Executive Director and staff in our Long Island City, Queens office. The role involves significant independent work and some of it may be completed remotely.

Send a resume, cover letter and any relevant supplementary materials to jobs@fluxfactory.org, with “Development Manager Applicant” in the subject. This role will start during October 2014. Priority will be given to applications submitted before September 22, 2014.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY STATEMENT
Flux Factory is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply. Flux Factory does not discriminate based on age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status, disability, or previous incarceration.

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Matthias Borello

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

 

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Reverie of Ginger City – A Dialogue between Two Cities

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Opening:  Wednesday, Aug 27, 7 pm
Special performance by Dylan Neely:  Thursday, Aug 28, 7pm
Artist-in-Residence Amela Parcic presents her project of double-exposure photographs of Santiago, Chile and New York City in a two-night event. Using only analog photography, several rolls of film have been doubly exposed in both cities over this past month with the assistance of Sergio Zárate, her collaborator in Santiago.
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“Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plentitude of the soul.”            – Gaston Bachelard

Imagine descending into the New York subway and emerging in the South American city of Santiago, Chile. Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Cities is a point of departure for this exhibition’s “poetry of the invisible.” Amela Parcic, currently an artist-in-residence, describes this as the feeling she has when she is walking through a city: “Sometimes I find myself in the city of Belgrade or Zagreb or Paris, although I am physically still in New York. A yellow subway platform in NYC invokes the feeling of standing on a bridge someplace else.” The dislocation makes for a unique urban split-reality: past experiences resurface and become rearranged, and new experiences take a side-step to the mind’s capacity to form associations with familiar surroundings. To an immigrant who has moved multiple times, the action of wandering also invokes a hint of nostalgia.

In “Reverie of Ginger City,” Amela has created an imaginary city composed of double exposure photographs of places in New York and Santiago. Using only analog photography, the film has been doubly exposed in both cities over this past month with the assistance of a collaborator in Santiago. There is a poetry that is created through the interaction of the displaced places.

Amela attempts to create an expandable city experience by presenting the result of this project in two different settings. The opening of this two-night event is on August 27th, where the photographs will be presented in an environment set to the soundtrack of a Spanish and English reading of Invisible Cities. The two languages blur to form a continuous humming. On the second night, August 28th, composer Dylan Neely will play an experimental sound piece to accompany the environment of Ginger City.

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GALLOWS HUMOR

5 films on the line between comedy and video art
Saturday, August 23rd
8pm, $5 suggested donation for the filmmakers
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Featuring:

Josh and Zak Sandler
Zhe Zhe
Soda Jerk
Lena Hawkins & Michael DiPietro
Alex Nathanson & Dylan Neely
Organized by Alex Nathanson

DAWN OF REMIX, Soda Jerk (2004, 2:30)
EPISODE 4: ZHEMALE TROUBLE, Zhe Zhe (2014, 15:54)
PERVERSE FEAR, Michael DiPietro and Lena Hawkins (2014, 18:00)
BASEBALLS: FAMILY OUTING, Josh and Zak Sandler (2012, 6:06)
LETTERS TO JOHN GRISHAM, Alex Nathanson & Dylan Neely (2014, 17:17)

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