The Science Fair

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TWO NOTORIOUS ARTIST COLLECTIVES UNITE TO ALIGN CONCEPTUAL SCIENCE & EMPIRICAL ART DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF JUNE

June 5–6 and 12-13, 2010
Open Hours: 12-6pm

Special Flux Thursday Award Ceremony: June 10, 8 pm

May 26, 2010, New York, New York: Long Island City’s well- known Flux Factory, and Brooklyn-based art collective The Metric System, are proud to present Science Fair – an exhibition of works by artist-scientists and scientist-artists.

Inspired by grade-school education fairs, and the similarity between the creative and scientific processes, Science Fair will showcase nearly two dozen projects including an artist-run weather station, robots that draw, urban meteorites, a cabinet of curiosities, and electro-magnetic field mapping.

Artists will create their own presentation booths and interactive experiments and will be present to greet the public Saturdays and Sundays, June 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th at the Flux Factory gallery space. The exhibition explores the potential for science as a breeding ground for art: a way to inform and inspire art as a springboard for creative thought. “The best advice I’ve ever received,” says the Metric System’s Andrew Gori, “is that nothing inspires a medium more than what’s outside of it.”

Participating artists include Robin Brehm, Daupo, Lisa Glauer & Kaethe Wenzel, Fred Forest, Samwell Freeman, Hope Ginsburg & Colablablab, Kate Hartman, Jay Henderson, Jaime Iglehart, Scott Kildall, Rafael Hidalgo Múgica, Julia Oldham, James Rouvelle & Lili Maya, SP Weather Station and Daniel Robie, Chad Stayrook, Studio AND, Flint Weisser, Elizabeth Whalley, Daniel Schludi, and Jing Yu.

In addition, Flux Factory’s monthly Flux Thursday series will feature Scott Beiben’s performance of the Scientists Are The New Rock Stars series and The World’s Longest DIY Slideshow by Nick Normal on Thursday, June 10th, followed by a Science Fair awards ceremony.

Science Fair is curated by Lisa Clair, Andrew Gori, Ambre Kelly, Dumaine Williams, and Christina Vassallo.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Whalley.

The Metric System is a New York-based collective that encourages cross-disciplinary collaborations between artists, thinkers, scientists, and political activists. Flux Factory is a not-for-profit arts organization supporting innovation in things.

Location: Flux Factory Space, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or press inquiries, please contact they@thetheyco.com.

Science Fair is made possible in part through generous support from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Carnegie Corporation.

Science Fair is part of the Queens Art Express, a celebration of arts along the 7 train line in Queens from June 10-13.