Application deadline: April 27th, 2020

Announcement: TBD

- Please be aware that in order to respond to the unfolding COVID19 crisis, we have had to postpone this exhibition until mid 2021. Exact dates will be determined later in 2020. If you are currently submitting or have already submitted, we are still accepting applications until April 27, and these will be added to next year's submissions. Please reach out to the curators for further details or questions at pinkflamingo@fluxfactory.org.

Audio Open Calls: Introduction // Open Call Instructions // Curator Bios

INTRODUCTION

NYC nightclubs have always been a hotbed of creativity and have nurtured the early careers of talented musicians. These clubs have fostered powerful music scenes over the years, and many of them evolved into sacred spaces for dedicated local communities. However, all good things must come to an end, and as rapidly as nightclubs pop up in NYC they also shut their doors, due to gentrification, restrictive city laws and ordinances around nightlife, and the many other forces of a changing urban environment. As time passes, we begin to lose memories of theses spaces, so there is an urgent need for new ways to preserve and reactualize histories of club culture. Vivid multimedia archives of nightclub experiences can not only maintain memories of the past, but also provoke visions of future socio-cultural landscapes and inspire changes.

Please read the below guidelines thoroughly - Application Form below

If you have any questions or want to speak of other potential collaborations, please email the curators at pinkflamingo@fluxfactory.org

OPEN CALL

This open call is for artists who want to imagine their ideal temporary club space and design it in the Flux Factory gallery. What would your ideal club environment look like? Who would you invite into the space? What music would you feature, and how would people interact with the sounds they hear? What memories would you like to make in your very temporary club? Pink Flamingo: Clubs in Flux is made up of three successive club spaces, each culminating in a club event that fully utilizes the space you have designed. The exhibition will conclude in a “closing” that will include documentation and ephemera from each of the clubs. 

Accompanying these three installations will be an adjacent exhibition featuring multi-media archival materials that document the changing club culture in New York City over the decades.  Additionally, a 24/7 radio broadcast including relevant audio, will be transmitted for the duration of the exhibition. 

This open call is for multidisciplinary artists, musicians and collectives who have a knack for curating a multimedia show. We are looking for artists with a clear vision and plan for creating your dream club space by utilizing both visual and musical elements in a cohesive way. We define “music” very broadly and are just as excited about receiving proposals that feature more experimental forms of sound, as we are about proposals that feature traditional club music genres such as house and techno. Ideally, you will have a potential lineup in mind for your main event that fits well with your overarching club concept. 

Three installation proposals will be selected. Each installation will be given four days for installation, two days for deinstallation, and be required to host at least one main event. During the buildout of your club space, we hope to occasionally have “open studio” hours where visitors can come see your process as you are creating this space. Flux Factory will arrange for thorough documentation of each installation, which can be subsequently added to both the adjacent archival materials and radio broadcast. 

We are looking for artists/collectives who can evolve their ideas in four interconnected domains:

a) Physical (Using Flux Gallery to create a multimedia club installation)

b) Audio / Music (Sound that activates the space)

c) Performative (Organizing an event/party that utilizes your space to bring people together through music)

d) Radio (Using Flux Factory radio for 24/7 creative broadcasting) 

ACCESSIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

We especially welcome artists/musicians with disabilities and artists who will consider visitors with disabilities when creating their installation to apply. One proposal will be entirely funded by the DCLA Disability Forward Fund, therefore,  one exhibition slot will be reserved for an artist/group of artists who plan to direct address accessibility in their club space. All types of disability are eligible. 

In addition, preference will also be given to works that carve out space for communities of marginalized identities and experiences, especially those who are consistently at the forefront of underground music spaces, such as Black, Brown, transgender, queer, working-class, gay and lesbian communities.

Accessibility: Flux Factory gallery and ground floor bathroom is ADA Accessible. The closest subway stations with street level elevators is Queens Plaza (E, M, R trains), and 21st Street Queensbridge (F Train). MTA Elevator and Escalator Status

CLUB SPACE

Each week a different artist or group of artists will have access to the entire 1300 square foot gallery (minus the garage bay, which will house the archives). You will have full creative control to actualize your ideal club space, incorporating both visual and musical/sound elements into the installation. Each club space will be documented and archived, with “ephemera” (audio, photos, videos) being added to our archive section for future visitors to grasp the atmosphere of “lost club spaces” from previous weeks.

EVENTS

The life-cycle of each of the three club environments will culminate in a “Club Night” that incorporates both visual and musical elements. The visual elements could include art installations, live projections, party lighting, dance performances, or any other form of visual representation. The music elements could consist of DJs, bands, electronic hardware sets, sound experiments, or any other sonic interactions artists imagine would provide a profound collective experience. 

We are open to a variety of ideas, as long as the format and performance lineup fits in cohesively with the overarching club installation concept.

Also, we welcome public programming of any kind that would enrich conceptual framework of club space, such as lectures, screenings and workshops. 

RADIO TRANSMISSION/ BROADCAST:

Artists will have access to low-power FM radio transmitters which can be used by artists as another way to facilitate translation of their concept to visitors via 24/7 broadcasting which will cover the immediate area around Flux Factory’s gallery. The radio broadcast can be utilized in a number of ways, such as, for instance, a live on-air production with participation of artists/musicians/DJs, or broadcasting of a selection of tracks related to the club environment.

ARCHIVES

The curators will be developing an archive dedicated to the history of NYC nightclubs featuring vintage video, interview clips, DJ mixes/playlists and old flyer images that will be housed in the gallery’s garage bay for the duration of the exhibition. We will be collaborating with different individuals, institutions, and organizations who have been participating in and/or archiving revolving NYC club scenes over the years. This is also where the curators will be archiving each installation’s ephemera and documentation.

FUNDING

Each selected proposal will receive a budget of $1000 for artist stipends and materials. Additional materials can be acquired for free at Materials for the Arts.

ABOUT CURATORS

Jess “PlayPlay” Dilday (NYC) is a DJ, producer, writer, teacher and music scholar. They are a long-term artist-in-residence at Flux Factory, a resident DJ on Half Moon radio, and a teaching resident through Building Beats and through the Next Level US Hip Hop diplomacy program. They have previously taught “The Art and Culture of the DJ” through the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music. With a particular investment in mentoring women, gender non-conforming artists and others not traditionally represented in the DJ industry, PlayPlay has held DJ workshops at festivals, museums and universities worldwide. As a music scholar, Jess is particularly interested in local music scenes, queer theory, media studies, nostalgia, dance floor dynamics and creating safer spaces in collective environments. And as a DJ, their experience as a lifelong music nerd and mainstay at underground clubs for over 20 years is constantly informing their encyclopedic DJ sets, weaving together new underground club tracks with the classics.

Anton Lapov (Ukraine) is an artist, musician, independent curator and museologist. His practice follows a multidisciplinary approach based on his interest in new media, sound-art, creative coding, digital humanities and experimental museology. He is constantly in search of non-conventional forms of exhibitional representation and seeks to avoid the logic of instrumentalisation through the creation of procedural communicative situations. In addition to being involved in the sphere of artistic/curatorial production he also conducts research into the history of sound-art/electronic music and local artistic communities of Eastern Ukraine.

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