FLUX 2011

On Friday night at the Annual Business Meeting this week, this is the activity we'll be joining:

http://www.fluxprojects.org/flux/index.html

Below is a message from one of FLUX's leaders:

Please join us for FLUX 2011, a night of art + experimentation, this Friday, September 30th from 8pm to midnight in Castleberry Hill. I recommend that you arrive early. Like last year, part of Walker Street will be closed to traffic. There will also be moving closures of Peters Street throughout the night to accommodate parades and dancers.

The evening begins at 8pm with a bicycle lantern parade led by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. gloATL’s hour-long migratory piece “Livers” launches immediately thereafter at 8:30 from the Peters St. bridge (second performance at 10:30.)

There are another 30+ projects to see during the main part of the night, including wonderful projection pieces, some of which are interactive. There’s puppetry, light and sound installations, roving theatre, dance, a beatboxing contest, street preaching, and other multimedia projects throughout the neighborhood. Between the food trucks and local bars and restaurants, you should find plenty of places to grab food and drinks.

All projects will end by midnight so that everyone can join us outside the Elliott Street Pub for spectacular molten iron throw fireworks. Practitioners of this ancient Chinese art say it’s easy to do as long as you don’t mind dying. Thankfully, the fire department is next to the pub.

This year’s 34 projects involve 224 artists, which speaks to the ambitious, collaborative nature of these projects. We also have a broad constituency of Atlanta artists, including current faculty and either current students or recent grads from GSU, SCAD, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw St.

Several artists this year present innovative projections dealing with something like post-apocalyptic visions of nature: Eric Corriel (NY), Kim Anno (CA), and Jeff Demetriou/Fake Love (Atlanta/NY).  

Other artists consider the animal aspects of human nature. SCAD grad Monica Cook, one of my personal favorite artists, returns from NYC and her Guggenheim/YouTube Play video award triumph with her first interactive stop motion animation, a work that explores the uninhibited behavior of primates. This bold project is supported by Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

“Livers” will present gloATL as you’ve never seen them before, revealing the animal qualities of migration as also deeply human. This may be the first time that art inspired by Guy Debord ended up on all-fours and literally on the pavement (“Under the paving stones, the beach”).

FLUX’s dance card is particularly appealing, with Zoetic Dance returning from last year’s amazing performance to animate the point at Castleberry Point and with wonderful aerial dance by D’Air behind Marcia Wood Gallery.

Craig Drennen, hot off a glowing Artforum review, promises an “Awful” performance as he continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens in a piece that would make Courtney Love turn over in her grave -- if she weren’t still alive.

Nancy Floyd, one of the few contemporary artists featured in this year’s major historical survey Heroines at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, offers a raw personal examination of time rapidly passing in a video projection that compresses the last 29 years of her life.

FLUX also features a number of promising young Atlanta artists. Jane Garver, recent recipient of a Leap Year award from MINT, returns  to Castleberry with a multi-part sound exploration of Atlanta that will be installed at points along Walker Street. I’m also looking forward to being surprised by interactive, roaming works by Dodekapus and The Collective Project, two exciting young collectives.

And that’s just a taste. For more on the featured artists and recommendations for getting to or parking at FLUX 2011, please check out our website: http://www.fluxprojects.org/flux/index.html. Hope to see you all there. And please tell your friends. FLUX 2011 is totally free.