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Proposals for exhibitions / performance / events in self-storage units

This open call is specifically addressed to NYC art spaces / collectives and activist / community centers that have lost their physical locations

Taking full advantage of the "First Month Free" promotional offers used by the storage facilities in Long Island City, Queens, Self-storage NYC will help venueless spaces ‘legally occupy’ storage units to create a context driven exhibition addressing topics of gentrification, consumption, community, resilience, displacement – and storage.

Applicants are invited to send proposals of how they would curate/utilize a storage space for a one month period as if it were a meeting space / gallery. Each show will have its own (sub)title and will freely apply its own desired thematic angle to the overall concept and the surroundings.

The presentation of the Self-storage NYC show will be a fully automated experience, granting the individual audience access through the Self Storage show's website. During the route to the storage units the audience choose from a selection of accompanying audio walks / soundscapes accessed via the phone line.

Important Logistics:
  • Open call Deadline: August 11th 2017
  • Show Opening: Friday October 6th 
  • Install: October 1 - 5, 2017
  • Deinstall: October 29 - October 31,2017
  • Storage Rental Period: October 1st, 2017 – November 1st, 2017
  • The ‘first month free’ offer must be taken on by 1 person from the group in order to register, i.e. you cannot sign up for a storage unit as a group. The required insurance and padlock will be payed by the Self-storage NYC show, but will remain under the group representative's name.
  • There is one significant uncertainty to be incorporated in the proposal: since market terms dictate the type of space available for the ‘appealing offer’ the participants can’t be totally certain of the size of the space they will be working with until they get the keys.
    The most common size spaces in the offer are 5” x 5” x 4(height) but they range from that to 10” x 15” x 8”(height).
  • The spaces have unrestricted audience access through the website and no insurance against theft.
The Self-storage NYC show is a FLUX FACTORY major exhibition and during the exhibition period the FLUX FACTORY gallery space will host a series of talks and a fully functional co-working space for the participating organizations.

For more information contact: selfstorage@fluxfactory.org
Self-storage NYC is a Flux Factory funded exhibition curated by current Flux Factory and Queens based artists: Julie Bitsch (DK), Erik Duckert (DK), Melinda Lauw (SG), Sean Naftel (US), and Will Owen (US)
Deadline September 15th 2018 at 11:59 PM

Flux Factory is a 23 year old non-­profit arts organization, artist collective and international residency program committed to building a sustainable community for diverse cultural producers, including visual artists, builders, curators, community organizers, chefs, activists, musicians, writers…

We’re looking for cultural producers of all kinds to join the Flux community for 3, 6, 9 or 12 month residencies.

Flux Factory cultivates a spirit of openness and generosity through a unique collaborative and participatory approach to realizing its residency and public programs. Fluxers benefit from an immersive and prolific environment that encourages experimentation and peer to peer resource sharing. Residents work together to shape and realize Flux’s expansive programming, proposing and leading exhibitions and educational events. Flux Factory nurtures individual practices by offering professional development opportunities, including one-on-one studio visits, group field trips, and monthly salons.

Our labyrinthine building includes 16 studios, a gallery, silkscreen studio, wood-shop, co-working office, communal kitchen, library, and rooftop garden. 

Please see the Residency page for more information and photos.

There is a monthly cost involved in participating in the Flux Factory Residency program, depending on the studio that you are assigned. Each resident is responsible for their own funding, though Flux Factory can help with this process.


Flux Factory es una organización artística de fines sin lucro, se trata de una comunidad de artistas y residencias ubicado en Nueva York. Estamos comprometidos a construir una comunidad sostenible para los productores culturales, incluyendo a artistas, constructores, organizadores del comunidad, chefs, activistas, curadores, músicos, escritores…

Buscamos productores culturales de todo tipo para integrarse a la comunidad de Flux para residencias de 3, 6, 9 o 12 meses.

Flux Factory cultiva a un espíritu de generosidad a partir de la colaboración y participación enfocada a la realización de residencias y programas públicos. Los Fluxers se benefician del inmerso y prolífico ambiente que alienta la experimentación y comparte recursos entre todos. Los residentes trabajan en conjunto para formar y realizar la expansiva programación de Flux; son los promotores de exposiciones y eventos educacionales. Flux Factory educa de forma individual y práctica ofreciendo oportunidades de desarrollo profesional, incluyendo visitas de estudio uno-a-uno, grupos de viajes, y eventos artísticos cada mes.

Nuestro edificio cuenta con 16 estudios, una galería, estudio de pantalla de seda, una carpintería, co-funcionamento de la oficina, cocina comunal, una librería, y una terraza. Revisa la página de la residencia para más información y fotos.

Cada residente es responsable de sus propios fondos, Flux Factory les puede ayudar con este proceso.

Si tienes algunas preguntas, por favor comunícanos a residency@fluxfactory.org