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