Congress of Collectives Events

Below is a listing of events connected to Congress of Collectives, all are open to the public and most are free. Please note that event times and locations are subject to change. To learn more about the Congress of Collectives project click here.

In addition to the events, we will also have ongoing projects by Congress of Collectives participants in the Flux Factory gallery. 

  • Meow Wolf is creating the Hall of Congress, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 2.
  • The UrbanLayers project team will set up a workspace at the Congress, where they will create an issue of UrbanLayers investigating the spatial nature of collective practice at Congress of Collectives. Prior to the Congress, UrbanLayers will work with local participants to put together a “visitors guide” that will include information such as recommendations for food, art venues, sights/sites, etc. Throughout the course of the Congress, participants will be invited to submit spatial information in the form of pre-planned tours, textual reflections and articles, and galleries of images to be added to the issue.
  • Social Practices Art Network will present a listening station that will allow SPAN to capture stories about varied modalities of collective practice to produce an archive that explores collaborative practice.
  • In Fill in Your Own Story – Start Here: Raketa will accumulate answers to their questions about utopia on their traveling rug around New York City, at Congress events, and at Wall Street.
  • Jon Barraclough will host an ongoing drawing conversation for the next issue of Drawing Paper project

October 2, 7:00 pm – 9 pm
An evening with BROODWORK and Meow Wolf Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

BROODWORK is the ongoing art and design project founded by Iris Anna Regn and Rebecca Niederlander to investigate the interweaving of creative practice and family life. Regn will discuss BROODWORK’s multi-faceted approach of talking, blogging, designing, event-making, and curating exists to examine and illuminate, and also to foster an advantageous environment that will in itself stimulate innovation.

Our Santa Fe-based friends Meow Wolf are turning the Flux Factory gallery into the Hall of Congress–a flexible space suited for discussions, screenings, art work presentation, dining, and getting to know each other.

October 6, 7 pm
Crash Course on Collective Process Screening organized by Paper Tiger Television, Red Channels and Union Docs

Union Docs: 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Suggested donation: $10

This intensive workshop will focus on the collective process through the screening and discussion of collectively made film and video. Red Channels, Paper Tiger Television and Union Docs curated a selection of works that make the collective explicit—either visually, through showing the collective in action, or conceptually, through content and style. These videos will be the foundation for conversations, about the how, why, what, and what not of collective creation. Click here to go to the official page for this project.

PART 1: Documenting the Collective/Collective Documentation
In this multimedia talk, Dara Greenwald will discuss and show clips from several creative collective actions. These documents and actions came out of collective practices of creation both behind and in front of the camera. Dara will present projects she has been involved in creating and documenting, as well as historic projects that she has been researching. These historic examples have been under-explored in the histories of activist and documentary media and will contribute important examples to the contemporary explorations of Congress of Collectives.

Dara Greenwald is a media artist and researcher. She has participated in collaborative and collective cultural production for over a decade including the Pink Bloque, Ladyfest Midwest Chicago, Version Fest, Pilot TV, United Victorian Workers, Spectres of Liberty and other groupings that resist being named. She recently co-curated (with Josh MacPhee) a large-scale research project about the history of social movements entitled Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator. Her own experimental videos have screened widely on the festival and media arts circuit (including at Liverpool Biennial, Cinematexas, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, New York Underground Film Festival, etc).

PART 2: Presentation by Voina
Voina, a Russian collective known for their radical performance art, will screen and discuss the process of creating “Humiliation of Cop in His House (2010), “F*ck for the Heir – Medved`s Little Bear!” (2008) and “Banning of Clubs” (Voina 2008).

October 7, 7 pm – 10 pm
Pecha Kucha

Nurture Art: 910 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rapid fire presentations by Congress of Collectives participants and reception hosted by Nurture Art.

October 8, 11 am – 4 pm
Bench Press Redux
by BroLab
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101 & along the Q39 and B57 bus routes

BroLab’s Bench Press Redux project will link Flux Factory in Queens to Momenta Gallery in Brooklyn by constructing collapsible and functional commuter benches to be assembled along the Q39 and B57 MTA bus routes. The project consists of a bench-building session at Flux Factory on October 8 and continues with a single performance that will begin during early rush hour on October 14th. Volunteers from other collectives and the public are encouraged to take part in this urban intervention. The benches will be available for exhibit after the performance at venues determined by and in partnership with Flux Factory.

October 8, 3 pm
Collective Lock-in
with public panel discussions
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

An all day into the night program of open panel discussions, a workshop, and snacks that will reach critical mass at midnight to become the UBERCOLLECTIVE.

4 pm
The unveiling of our “Hall of Congress,” an immersive installation created by Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf.

5 pm – 6:30 pm – Who is this for?: Confronting Notions of Audience and Participation
A discussion about the many relationships to audience, including conventional passive consumption, collectives who demand engagement or production from their audience, and collectives who exploit or are exploited by their audiences. This discussion will result in strategies for developing a “3rd space” for engaging participants. Speakers: Laurids Sonne (Parfyme), Niki Russell & Dan Williamson (Reactor), Christopher Robbins (Ghana Think Tank).

7 pm – 8:30 pm – Collaborative Structures
A two-part panel discussion addressing the enormous variety of collaborative structures, the success and failures of group think and decision-making, and the successes and failures of consensus decision-making. Speakers, part 1: Meow Wolf, Jean Barberis & Christina Vassallo (Flux Factory); part 2: Kerry Downey (Action Club), AAS.

9 pm – Group dinner

10:30 pm – Openspace workshop with Gaengeviertel

Throughout the evening – SP Weather Station will transmit weather reports into the UBERCOLLECTIVE lock-in from weather stations located in the participating artists’ hometowns, in order to keep a connection to the outside world. Flux Factory artist-in-residence Jesper Aabille, CEO of Aabille Group, will cook breakfast for visitors and participants during his Fried Eggs on Lumber action. The project is sponsored by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts.

October 9, 4 pm
SP Weather Station presents EARTH / FUTURE
: Utopia—Dystopia—Ecotopia?
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

Why do artists imagine the future? Will we see Utopia? Dystopia? Ecotopia? The third in a series of events related to Air, Water, Earth and Fire, SP Weather Station presents EARTH / FUTURE, featuring a presentation by artist Judy Natal.

As a photographer and the first artist-in-residence at Biosphere 2 (and co-creator of its ongoing residency program), Natal has often been an observer of contained environments—artificial ecosystems and protected and designed wildernesses—in an uncertain relationship to alien terrain. She travels to extreme environments to capture images that suggest life “after nature,” or perhaps a new relationship between the Earth, the built environment, and our human-ness.

Her interest in the way landscapes are altered—by scientists, engineers, designers, and utopians—has recently opened a broader inquiry into the myriad sources of our collectively constructed futuristic visions. Mining fields such as science fiction, ecology, robotics, architecture, and art history for source material, Natal posits a relationship between a fantastical/imagined future and the peculiar ways the land is already technologized for research, tourism, and survival.

For EARTH / FUTURE, Natal will explore themes and questions raised by her latest body of work, Future Perfect, while surveying some of the artworks, images, and texts that contribute to our visions of futurity. Audience members will be invited to join the conversation and participate in compiling a visual bibliography for further reading on Utopian/Dystopian/Ecotopian themes. Please bring along visual representation (copies, drawings, paintings, collages, snaps, etc.) of your favorite books on this subject to add to our library installation.

Click here for more information.

This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

October 10 - 12
Actions by Reactor, AAS, and Gaengeviertel

Reactor, AAS and Gaengeviertelwill perform spontaneous actions in public spaces throughout the city, in collaboration with members of the public and other collectives. On Monday October 10 at noon, AAS will conduct a dérive from The New School of Social Research (6 E 16th Street, Manhattan, NY, 10003), where they will record the journey as participants drift, and in the evening AAS will divine a message from the documentation, setting up a séance in the gallery space at Flux Factory.

If you’d like to participate, please email congressofcollectives[@]gmail[dot]org with subject line “Congress Action.” These actions will be archived on Congress of Collectives tumblr site.

October 11, 7 pm – 9 pm
Hotel Bar Club
La Piscine rooftop pool bar at Hotel Americano: 518 W27th Street, NYC

 Hotel Bar Club visits bars in hotels as a club. Since January 2009, Linn Edwards, Katarina Jerinic, Naomi Miller, and their extended networks of friends have met monthly at hotel bars around New York, providing a reason to visit places they might otherwise not and an opportunity to experience their city as tourists. Hotel Bar Club is primarily a social gathering with the added boon of getting to know friends of friends, and many photographs documenting each meeting are taken and posted on the group’s Facebook page. During Congress of Collectives, the Hotel Bar Club hosts its October meeting at the newly opened Hotel Americano in West Chelsea, hovering above the Highline. The weather looks conducive to congressing and raising glasses on the rooftop bar, La Piscine.

October 12, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Struggle with Gentrification
panel
discussion
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

Reclaiming Space will speak to the international Right To The City/Squatter movements and how individuals and groups reclaim public space. Speakers include Frank Morales and o4oBandwagon, and Gaengeviertel.

October 13, 4 pm – 8 pm
Manifesto Bookstorm during Creative Time’s Living As Form

Essex Street Market: 120 Essex Street, NYC 10002

Congress of Collectives joins Creative Time’s Living As Form project space at the Essex Street Market for a 4-hour time slot to brainstorm, write, and edit a manifesto. The content will be collectively determined by all Congress of Collective participants and members of the public. The first hour and a half we will brainstorm, the second hour and a half we will write, and the forth hour we will compile and edit. There will be a moderator and several designated note takers. The process will be exhaustive and allow for both meaningful discussion and vigorous debate. The results will be included in the Congress of Collectives publication.

October 13, 8 pm
Flux Thursday
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

Join us for Flux Thursday, our monthly potluck dinner and art salon! Dinner starts at 8 in the kitchen, and then around 9:30 we’ll head to the gallery for artists’ presentations on recently completed projects or works-in-progress. Bring drinks or something delicious to share

October 14, 4 am – 9 pm
Bench Press Redux by BroLab

BroLab will install and deinstall benches in a staggered, leapfrogging, sequence along the Q39 and B57 MTA bus routes, linking Long Island City to Bushwick, and providing a seat for commuters to rest.  Traversing both directions, the performance begins during early morning rush hour at 4 am in front of the Flux Factory building, and continues over the course of the day until 9pm. BroLab’s location will be updated throughout the day via twitter http://twitter.com/BroLab.

October 14, 7 pm – 9 pm
Greatest Love of All: An Impromptu Collective
by Angela Beallor, Kerry Downey & Niknaz Tavakolian

Holiday Inn Skyline Suite: 39-05 29th Street, 17th Floor, Long Island City 11101

Greatest Love of All by Angela Beallor, Kerry Downey, and Niknaz Tavakolian harnesses the inspirational pop song as a meditative prompt for impromptu queer collectivity. The song was originally written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed for the film The Greatest, made famous by soul icon, George Benson, but most notably performed by pop star Whitney Houston. It has a complicated history, an ironic present, and, as with anything, an uncertain future. The lyrics lay out hope to and for the future barring shadows, and embracing self love. Parallels emerge within queer experience, both tragic and inspirational. This project uses the song as a site, i.e. as a space where an event/activity is occurring (or has occurred). In this regard, it occupies several types of time simultaneously. We are using these spaces to address issues around American identity, community, and collectivity and how histories are uplifted, distorted, hidden or erased. This performative event is a site-specific engagement with the song’s layered histories, using the liminal space of a hotel suite to engage with the contradictions between the song’s harmonies and its cultural discords.

October 15, 2 pm – 10 pm
Tactical Urbanism Salon hosted by DoTank:Brooklyn, Street Plans, and Tomorrow Lab

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens 11101

DoTank:Brooklyn, Street Plans, and Tomorrow Lab host an international forum on Tactical Urbanism with projects including infrastructure hacks that are open source and replicable, among other things. All projects presented will have a public interest component to them. The forum will be paired with a public space action in Long Island City that engages members of the Congress and urges them to give back to NYC public space in a meaningful way.

October 15 & 16
Lentils Beyond Control Restaurant by Makan

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

Makan’s restaurant experiment, Lentils Beyond Control!, is open for business on October 15th and 16th. They will be serving lunch and dinner for Congress participants and the public. There will be two servings on both days – guests can come, sit down, and enjoy the meal at any point between 1-3 pm (lunch) and 6-8 pm (dinner) on Saturday and 4 – 6 pm (dinner) on Sunday.

October 16, 10 am
Williamsburg Waterfront Walking Tour with Lacey Tauber and Gaengeviertel

Meet at East River State Park, Kent Avenue at North 8th Street

In 2005, New York City rezoned 175 blocks of North Brooklyn, ushering in an onslaught of new, luxury development along this formerly industrial waterfront. Six years later, what impacts has the rezoning had on affordable housing, open space, infrastructure, historic preservation, ethnic enclaves, and local artists? Explore the neighborhood with Lacey Tauber of NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth), a community-based organization that has advocated for North Brooklyn since 1994. To join the tour RSVP here: laceytauber@gmail.com.

October 16, 2 pm – 6 pm
The Confederation of Spaceships First Unconvention

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City 11101

The Confederation seeks to form a collaborative, international organization that acts as a cultural catalyst, focusing on projects that encourage and enable social and cultural change and exchange on both global and local scales. SHARING IS CARING, WE CARE. The conversation begins at 2 pm, please join us from the start.
To confirm participation, contact keremjh[at]gmail[dot]com.

October 17, 2 pm
Resistance Walk hosted by Frank Morales and Gaengeviertel

Thompkins Square Park, corner of Avenue A & 7th Street, NYC 11226

Squatting in NY and Hamburg – a History of Resistance
Tour and discussion about the past, present, and future of the squatting movement with Frank Morales and members of Hamburg’s squatted city block, Gaengeviertel. Meet at Thompkins Square Park, Avenue A & 7th Street. Interested participants should write to: reflow@gmx.de

October 19, 7 pm
Collaborative Means

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens 11101

Collaborative Means brings together a series of artists working both collaboratively and collectively, and who rely on cooperative strategies for the realization of ambitious projects. The included artists have practices that exist on the streets of densely populated cities, on Twitter, on boats, at factory parties, in video works and films, and in a variety of academic, DIY, and artistic institutions.

Viewers can expect to be a part of a reality show sermon, see collectively-produced video works and performance documentation from Flux Factory, learn about a combine that makes mechanical mischief machines, and much more. Despite the diversity of the projects and practices presented, they share a common thread: they could not exist without exchanges between individuals. A celebration of those who have abandoned or expanded traditional alone-in-the-studio artist practices, Collaborative Means presents talks, screenings, and live performances by collectives, artists, and cultural producers steeped in participatory practices and collaborations. Including Man Bartlett, Genevieve Belleveau aka gorgeousTaps, Flux Factory, Jaime Iglehart, Madagascar Institute, Oleg Mavromati and Boryana Rossa, Jeff Stark, and Angela Washko.

 

Congress of Collectives is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Materials for the Arts; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.