Flux Factory: Most of a Year in Most of a Day
or Going Places, Doing Stuff (All the Stuff)
aka Collective Insanity
Organized by Christina Freeman, Flux Factory Artist-in-Residence
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10035
In August 1993, seven artists rented part of the second floor of a former spice factory next to the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 1,800 square-foot space, for which they paid $1,000 per month, had no dividing walls and the only source of running water was a slop sink. The group came together as an informal artist collective to create an alternative platform to the commercial gallery scene. Twenty-four years later, Flux Factory lives on in its third location, an 8,000-square-foot, former greeting-card factory in Long Island City, providing studios for twenty local and international artists.
Temporarily relocating to the Hunter East Harlem Gallery for this one-day event, Flux Factory will publicly perform a year’s worth of collective practices in 8 hours: 52 Monday Meetings, 30 Fluxhibitions,12 Flux Thursdays, 10 Fluxakutchas, 1 Fluxgiving, and 1 Fluxmas. Cameos by WFLX Flux Factory Radio, Cinema Flux, and Friends of Flux.
By making otherwise internal practices public, this performance will propose the following questions: In a capitalist system, is working collectively an inherently political gesture? Can twenty artists from different parts of the world agree on anything? Why is fun important? What does it mean to be Fluxie? What exactly is a shituation? Why is a flamingo such a great mascot?
Flux Factory’s Founder, Jean Barberis’ 5 keys to a successful art exhibit
1 Don’t think about it—do it.
2 It takes will to coordinate people and resources.
3 You need to use your social skills and be flexible.
4 Always have your friends and family help you.
5 Art can be displayed anywhere
Inspired by the location in Queens, NY, Tongue Tide invites creative practitioners, artists, performers, researchers, and educators to submit proposals for new artworks, workshops, and performances with the subject matter of language. Artists will receive stipends to participate.
Deadline is March 30th
I'm looking forward to hosting the annual New Media Caucus Showcase on Thursday night in Hunter College's Lang Auditorium.
Lang Auditorium, Hunter College, Main Campus, 695 Park Ave at 68th Street, New York, NY 10065
2017 NMC Showcase Presenters
Reut Asimini, MFA student at Hunter College of the City University of New York
Annie Berman, IMA/MFA alumni, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Allison Berkoy, Pratt Institute
Dickie Cox, Monmouth University
Carrie Ida Edinger, Independent Artist
Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jennifer Gradecki, Michigan State University
Stephen Hilyard, University of Wisconsin Madison
Billi London-Gray, MFA student at the University of Texas at Arlington
Katy McCarthy, MFA student at Hunter College of the City University of New York
Rachel Stevens, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Simone Paterson, Virginia Tech University
Martin Zeilinger, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge/UK)
Creative inspiration is often described as a spark, but Christina Freeman ’05 recalls one of her most inspiring moments as an artist happening in the dark. “I remember working in the darkroom and feeling like everything I was interested in, everything I cared about, could be explored through photography,” she says, recalling the epiphany that came during her sophomore year at Haverford. “I was interested in so many subjects; photography was the first thing I discovered where I didn’t feel like I was narrowing down by committing to it.”
Since that illuminating moment, Freeman, 33, has been an interdisciplinary artist, using various visual media and performance to explore ideas of community, collaboration, and conversation.
The Alternative Art School Fair
November 19-20, 2016
I'll be participating in the group critiques organized by SOMA at the Alternative Art School Fair this weekend at Pioneer Works.
Friday November 18th, 7pm
Opening Reception / Cassette Release Party for Ivaylo Gueorgiev & Eric Pitra’s work:
12 (Twelve reactions to silence by twelve gallery attendants working for twelve Gagosian galleries) 2014, cassette – limited edition of 100.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate the addition of a new audio work to the Flux Factory doorbell created by artist, John Roach.
Conceptualized curation and organizational programmatic coordination by Christina Freeman
Over the course of a 5-month residency at Flux Factory in Long Island City, New York, Christina Freeman is recording a series of studio visits with other artists-in-residence (aka Fluxers), as well as outside artists collaborating with Flux for its various public programs. Through its studio residency program, Flux Factory supports approximately 30 emerging artists each year from a range of creative disciplines and international locations. Flux commissions new work through quarterly exhibitions, and residents produce public events at a prolific pace.
For this interview, Christina invited Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich to talk about their ongoing project, Total Jump. Artspace in New Haven, CT commissioned Foley and Rabinovich to presentTotal Jump for Game On! on view at the Goffe Street Armory, October 15 and 16 from 12-6pm.
The full interview can be found here: http://onerooph.com/onerooph-presents-fermenting-at-flux-live-and-active-cultures-2/
An installation by Christina Freeman at Flux Factory
Opening October 1, 2016 1-6 pm
Closing October 2, 2016 1-6 pm
Performances by Michelle Freeman Anderson & Joshua Moton
"A Precipice, Abandon, A Dotted Line" presents a labyrinthine video installation, inviting the viewer to experience darkness as a space for embracing the uncertain. Playing with the language of surrealism and concepts of the Baroque, the nonlinear structure asks for both physical and mental wandering.
Sunday, August 21, 1-5pm
Christina Freeman will introduce a short history of the artists’ book and present contemporary examples. Following a demonstration of two pamphlet stitch methods, participants will have an opportunity to create their own book works. Bringing your own materials is encouraged, but not required.
Thanks to Creative Capital and BAM for providing such a great program for emerging artists. We were so lucky to work with Dread Scott, Brian Tate, and Matthew Deleget among others. I've never given an artist talk on such an enormous screen before!
In exchange for a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, I invited gallery visitors to fill out surveys responding to prompts on symbolic value. By using the platform of the infamous “Lemonade Stand” to discuss non-monetary value, I subvert the capitalist tradition held within a familiar space of youth entrepreneurship. The performance happened first over Skype with gallery visitors in London at Tom's Etching Studio and again in the gallery at Flux Factory in Long Island City, New York.
Over the course of a 5-month residency at Flux Factory in Queens,Christina Freeman is recording a series of studio visits with other artists-in-residence (aka Fluxers), as well as outside artists collaborating with Flux for its various public programs. Through its studio residency program, Flux Factory supports approximately 30 emerging artists each year from a range of creative disciplines and international locations. Flux commissions new work through quarterly exhibitions, and residents produce public events at a prolific pace.
For this interview, Christina invited Maya Jeffereis to talk about her current project, Fallout Shelter which stages a moral values exercise developed by the US Navy. Maya invited visitors to participate in the exercise at Flux Factory on July 14, as one of the featured collaborators for Interdependence Day. Fallout Shelter is on view at the New Britain Museum of American Art through September 11.
The full interview can be found here on the New Media Caucus blog:
Over the course of my 5-month residency at Flux Factory I will be recording a series of studio visits with other artists-in-residence (aka Fluxers). Through its studio residency program in Long Island City, NY, Flux Factory supports approximately 30 emerging artists each year from a range of creative disciplines and international locations. Flux commissions new work through quarterly exhibitions, and residents produce public events at a prolific pace. The next exhibition opening on July 20th in Flux's gallery is "Thinking Like a Machine," by Niki Passath.
"In case you didn’t devour enough hot dogs on July 4, check out a quirky event that Long Island City’s Flux Factory calls a “reverse July 4th” potluck BYOBBQ. Attendees are encouraged to bring vegetarian eats to sizzle on the grill, a side dish for guests to nosh on at the event, and their dancing shoes. Titled “Interdependence Day,” a riff on the traditional American Independence Day BBQ, the event invites discussion on the interdependent relationship between art and politics. Curated by Flux Factory’s artist in residence Christina Freeman, the BBQ will also include miscellaneous contributions from the ceramics collective Fpoafm, Nomadic Studios, food ethics writer Chris Schlottmann, The Mayday Collective (a community space, bar and cafe) and the performance artist Maya Jeffereis. Based in New York, Jeffereis’ work has appeared at NARS Foundation, New Britain Museum of American Art and New Art Dealers Alliance. She will host a thought experiment about “ethics, morality, identity politics and nation-building.”
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, N.Y., 11101. July 14, 8pm-10pm. RSVP required.