This event is part of the program for Must They Also Be Gods, a Flux Factory…
Friday July 11, 8pm +
coinciding with Ben Seretan’s all-night musical performance: A Sun with Sunglasses On
Exquisite Contraption continues to run flawlessly after 5 months! It has definitely never failed at all. We’ll run the machine several times an hour to celebrate its enduring success, and it will be perfect every time because it’s always perfect. Why would you expect anything different? Come see how the machine has evolved and the photographic record it is producing, which will include you if you come!
Exquisite Contraption, a collaboratively conceived and constructed machine that spans the entire building has facilitated a weekly “family photograph” since the official opening in February. Over the current year, the Flux community will exist inside the machine, activating it at the beginning of weekly Monday meetings to set into motion a series of automated steps that move throughout the building to announce, instruct, prepare, and photograph those gathered. At the end of its life, Exquisite Contraption will have produced a year-long record of residents and guests who have gathered inside the machine.
Exquisite Contraption is both an interactive, building-wide engineering spectacle and a long-term experiment in creating a community ritual. The work will evolve over time as residents elaborate on the weekly tradition, respond to mechanical failures, and integrate (or not) the machine into their daily lives. Since Exquisite Contraption can be activated at any time, it will be available to the public throughout its year-long run by appointment and during select public events.
Created by Stephanie Avery, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Eppink, Justin Lange, Adrian Owen, Amelia Marzec, Alex Nathanson, Nick Normal, Eric Petersen