ABC No Rio and Flux Factory are proud to collaborate on the process-based exhibition, Against Competition/Towards Mutual Aid. Seeking an alternative to the competitive atmosphere of art production and exhibition.
July 10th to August 15th, 2004 at The New Museum (details here)
THE CLIENT: NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Profile: Founded in 1977. Erecting new headquarters in the Bowery district, Manhattan, New York. Has hired Flux Factory to infiltrate and profile immediate environs for future operations.
THE AGENCY: FLUX FACTORY, INC.
Profile: Information architects and idle masterminds. Artist-types. Have developed missions to be carried out by people, people not themselves. Compile and assess data from completed missions, then return to New Museum. Instrument of choice: Faux-tech.
THE INFILTRATORS: JOHN Q. PUBLIC
Profile: Contracted out by Flux Factory to complete important missions. Scouts, Moles, Patsies. Individuals will receive mission dossiers at Bowery Martial Arts and proceed incognito from there.
The Flux Factory command center is located in an undisclosed recess of the Bowery Martial Arts store. Agents pick a difficulty level, easy, intermediate, difficult, or impossible. Instructions are relayed by telescreen, and any equipment needed to complete the mission is provided in a mission pack. Agents are advised to choose wisely and carry out their mission€” whatever the cost.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: EASY
For the spy on the go.
Pedestrian infiltrators are tasked to perform simple acts of derring-do such as: make a confidential delivery in the neighborhood, deposit an object in a vital location, initiate a sequence, or post a secret message to a contact . Even small or seemingly inconsequential acts provide key links in the command network.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
Agents will gather information by means of an elaborate audio sequence retrieved from public payphones, or orchestrate a photographic composition replete with hidden meaning. Forethought and follow-through required from can-do specialists.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: DIFFICULT
Caution: For dedicated individuals only. Agents will be asked to delve deeper, uncovering, for example, a riddle wrapped inside an enigma behind a veil of secrets sitting in a pool of inky shadows. Once the process starts there can be no turning back.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: IMPOSSIBLE
Secret missions which cannot be publicly revealed.