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 firstname.lastname@example.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.