Dates: April 21, 22, 28, 29, 6pm – on
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
Flux Factory presents iSpy, a participatory conceptual game show that brings together live streaming video, consenting audiences, and unsuspecting participants for a rollicking good time through the misuse of surveillance.
The federal government has unrestricted access to your email, local police departments can track your phone’s location without a warrant, and we freely post our daily minutiae on Facebook anyway. Instead of lamenting that we’re sleepwalking into a surveillance state, iSpy repurposes these technologies for an interactive theatrical experience.
Come ready to team up and win subversive challenges involving live aerial surveillance, piñatas, World of Warcraft, and many more surprises. Each night, two featured players carry networked cameras in public space, beaming video back to the Flux gallery-turned-game show studio where they coordinate with the rest of their team to score more points. The team with the highest score wins a rare and special prize…
The show is totally free and runs only four times, beginning promptly at 6pm and followed by an after party each night.
iSpy includes games and concepts from Angela Washko, Clay Ewing, Eva Rose Cohen, Flux Factory, Matt Parker, Meg Keys, Mike Kelly, Mike Lacher & Mikala Bierma, Leif Percifield, and Liz Barry; emceed by Matt Levy and Keith Haskel; production design by Lena Hawkins, Christopher van Doren & Alison Nguyen; sound design by Collapsed Wave Media with Nick Cregor; tech design by Grant McDonald; produced by Jason Eppink & Mike Kelly.
This project is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Materials for the Arts, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.