Fung Wah Biennial Open Call

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In March 2016, Flux Factory will serve as a work and rehearsal space to create, perform, and install works in 3 separate Chinatown bus trips to 3 cities in the North Eastern U.S.

During each weekend in March 2016, a bus will leave NYC to venture to a new city and back. Artists are invited to create works to be presented specifically on the bus while en route traveling to their respective destinations. The audience will become a mixture of those who have knowingly signed up for the Fung Wah Biennial and those who are simply traveling by bus (i.e. innocent bystanders).

In each city we will partner with local artist-run spaces for lectures and tours to get to know better our neighboring city centers and their creative output. Each trip will be co-organized by Matthias Borello, Will Owen, or Sally Szwed.

The last week of the month will culminate in an exhibition held in the Flux Factory gallery, showing both documentation and replication of works from the month’s travels.

The impetus for this exhibition is three-fold:

-The possible, impending migration of many art spaces in New York City due to increasing cost of living

-The increase of global migration and asylum-seeking due to shifting climate / armed conflicts / globalized economies

-The incredible network of buses between Chinatowns in the Northeastern U.S. and beyond and honoring the closure of the original company, Fung Wah.

 

Additional events will occur at the MET Museum of Art’s MediaLab (info forthcoming).


We are interested in performance, social practice, lecture, food, sound, new media, innovative technology, objects, and video art. All media and concepts are encouraged to apply, however we are especially interested in work that explores migration, transitions, empathy of strangers, and exploration based sciences.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

  • Submit as one or multiple PDFs- whichever you prefer!
  • You may apply as an individual or a group
  • You MUST be available each weekend in March, 2016
  • Please email your submissions in PDF format to FungWah@fluxfactory.org and include:
    • A description of your proposed project for Fung Wah Biennial, no more than 500 words
    • CV
    • Artist statement or bio (no more than 200 words)
    • Up to 10 examples of your work: images submitted as a single PDF or no more than 3 videos submitted as public links
    • Image List, including brief descriptions (max 50 words per work) submitted as a single PDF (preferably included in the 10 examples of work PDF)
    • What is your wildest transportation story? (No word limit, attached as part of PDF)

Open Call deadline extended to January 1st, 2016.