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Flux Projects Announces Open Call Projects for Flux Night 2013

June 3,2013

Flux Projects announces its second group of artists for Flux Night 2013.  Their works were selected by a committee from an open call for proposals.  They join an additional six projects that were selected by curator Helena Reckitt, who also participated with Flux Projects staff and board on the selection committee.

Artists submitting to the Open Call responded to this year’s theme, Free Association.  Random encounters, chance discoveries, and sensory overload are the hallmarks of Flux Night, now in its fourth year. The 2013 edition, Free Association, builds on this spirit of unexpected juxtapositions and patterns of call-and-response.  Free Association explores the ways in which images, information, and identities proliferate and mutate, online and off.  It also looks beyond the visual, to senses and experiences that catch us unaware.

“This is the first year that Flux Night has a theme.  It was established by Reckitt for the six projects that she curated, and we extended it to the open call,” explained Anne Dennington, Flux Projects Executive Director.  “It was exciting to see the variety of ways in which artists responded and the diversity of works that were selected as a result.”

Flux Night will again return to the Castleberry Hill Arts District, this year on Saturday, October 5.  Updates will be posed regularly to the Flux Projects website (fluxprojects.org ) and Facebook page.

Early sponsors of Flux Night 2013 include MailChimp, the LUBO Fund, Turner Broadcasting Company, Inc., Creative Loafing, and Heineken USA.

Artists and Projects

Virginia Byers and Aria Finkelstein (Atlanta), Phototaxis.  An unmanned aircraft hovers between toy and tool of observation, and explores the way our increasing acquiescence to surveillance changes the meaning of public spaces. 

Benita Carr and Bill Orisich with Evan Levy, Lance Haugen and additional musicians (Atlanta), Horse Drawn Piano.  In a nod to Castleberry’s past from red light district to Atlanta’s first horse-drawn trolley, a horse and rider pull a modified grand piano through the streets.  A player seated at the piano responds with keyboard and rap vocals, and musicians stationed on street corners improvise with its sounds as it passes along the streets.

CORE Performance Company (Atlanta), [TITLETBA].  Through printed instructions, personal guides, and voice announcements, CORE dancers facilitate the audience’s evolution to become performers themselves and to become witnesses to each other’s movements and discoveries.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (Los Angeles), Half Empty. Treating the interior and exterior areas—both negative and positive spaces—along the Castleberry Hill Arts District as a container, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's HALF EMPTY explores the chance discoveries that occur as contrasting bodies move.

Pablo Gnecco (Atlanta), Array. This interactive video-based sculpture creates non-linear stories that include portraits captured from the audience.

Sasha Krieger (Vancouver, Canada), Soliloquy.  Combining film scenes in which lone figures call out for a response but only get their own voice in return, the video presents an endless internal dialogue.

Éric Marty and Kai Riedl (Athens, Georgia), Detritus. The sounds of cars and windblown debris waft down the street collecting voices along the way in this interactive sound and light installation.

Meko Michi (Atlanta), The job of the resurrectors is to wake up the dead. A sound theater of Negro prison work songs is played to wake up the souls of Negro men that were forced to lay the tracks in and around Atlanta as the re-enslavement of Black Americans increased during the Civil War and up to World War II.

Fahamu Pecou (Atlanta), OVEREXPOS(d). This experimental short combines traditional animation techniques with digital video in order to challenge pervasive stereotypes about Black masculinity in popular culture.

Kathleen Ritter (Paris, France), The revolution is not a party. Ritter creates a roaming series of performances, an auditory event, an incidental composition of protest slogans, song lyrics, and manifestos from past to present…a revolution in potential.

Sophie Farewell collective (Calgary, Canada), However you do it… consider the stars. Artist collective Sophie Farewell (Shawn Dicey, Eric Moschopedis, Mia Rushton, and Heather Kai Smith) brings together elements of craft, performance, and civic participation to create a durational performance and interactive installation that creates the opportunity for audience members to have their social, political, and/or personal messages hollered into the night air and to the assemblage of individuals on the street.

Micah and Whitney Stansell (Atlanta), Colossi. This series of large scale projections features people interacting with architecture, utilizing the physical dimensions of the buildings as the boundaries of their environment.

Justin Randolph Thompson in collaboration with Stefanie Nelson, Bradly Dever Treadaway, and Jason Thompson, and with the participation of Frog and Toad's Dixie Quartet (Florence, Italy), Traveling Shoes. This performative sound work employs a mobile two-chair shoeshine stand with a built in sound system, dancers, a marching band, and shoe shiners engaged in gold leafing the public’s shoes as a metaphor for ascension.

Ion Yamazaki (Atlanta), A Mundane Affair. The artist assumes the role of his grandmother in a durational performance that illustrates dementia’s impact on memory.