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Off-Site Project: Signup Announcement! “Welfare Island Speculation Platform” by Alex Young

Only two days until Conflux 2012! Along with our jam-packed schedule of talks, workshops, and screenings – we are excited that a few artists have also decided to do projects in public space that coincide with Conflux.  Alex Young has decided to launch the Center for Utopian Socialist Studies Taxi Service and Academy during the Conflux Festival on Sunday, October 21st.  Read Young’s text below to find out how to reserve your seat!

Join the Welfare Island Speculation Platform (W.I.S.P) on Sunday, October 21st coinciding with the Conflux Festival 2012. The Welfare Island Speculation Platform is a mobile research facility in the form of a taxi circling Roosevelt Island (formerly known as Welfare Island) in the vicinity of the Coler-Goldwater medical center. The center is slated to be demolished to make way for the new Cornell NYC Tech campus; a flagship institution in the resurgent attempt to establish a viable technological sector in New York City.  Before the first girder is laid and before the first wrecking-ball is swung, the Center for Utopian Socialist Studies (C.U.S.S.) will pre-inaugurate the future site of this campus in the commons with the launch of the C.U.S.S. taxi service/academy.  Passengers will consider the state of the city from within- exploring inevitable change, both technical and social and addressing not what now is, but what will soon be.

Time: Sunday, October 21.  RSVP to reserve your spot in the taxi. To reserve your seat and receive the pickup location, email  info@worldshaving.info Select pickups will occur on Sunday at 9AM, NOON, 3PM, and 6PM near Queens Plaza in Long Island City. You can also seek out the C.U.S.S. taxi on Roosevelt Island throughout the day.  As seating is limited, locations for  pickups will be provided in a confirmation email.

For project background information and texts, check out the project’s website here: http://www.worldshaving.info/welfare-island-speculation-platform/

Off-Site Project: Signup Announcement! Yoni Brook’s Mailman Walks

Yoni Brook is conducting an off-site project at the same time as Conflux this year! We are pleased to announce that 13 individuals will have the opportunity to join the artist on an intimate walk at a currently undisclosed location. How do you participate? Here are the details from Yoni Brook:

Mailman Walks is a live documentary workshop. The audience will walk with a mailman delivering mail and explore his route through personal stories. Therefore RSVPs for the 13 audience slots are required.

To RSVP, email mailman@yonibrook.com
Time: Saturday, October 20. 11AM in Richmond Hill, Queens. Workshop ends at ~1:30pm.
Precise subway-accessible meeting location will be provided in confirmation email.

Upcoming Performance by Art404 at Conflux!

As we count down to the opening of the Conflux Festival 2012, we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be presenting a project this year happening simultaneously offsite in Miami and inside our base at NYU’s Barney Building Gallery in New York City!

As part of the 2012 Conflux Festival, the new media duo Art404 will be performing 1 Man 1 Phone, an ongoing performance set to begin with the start of the Festival on Saturday, October 20th. As the festival launches, Manuel Palou of Art404 will begin a new life as partner Moises Sanabria curates how it is received by the audience at NYU.  Palou will be activating a new smart phone with a new number and charging it to 100%, at which point he will leave his home in Miami with nothing but the clothes on his back and a phone charger. Using a new Twitter account, he will attempt to receive meals, housing and entertainment strictly by contacting local people in the Miami area through the social media service. Palou will not contact any previously known contacts except his partner in New York until the end of the performance. The performance will continue until Palou’s battery dies naturally, or he chooses to let his battery die.

We hope that you’ll follow the performance starting 12pm October 20th at https://twitter.com/1man1phone

8 days until Conflux!!

PARTICIPANT INTERVIEWS: Man Bartlett

What are you working on now and how does the piece in Conflux relate?

Right now I’m arranging and re-arranging the furniture in my studio at the VCCA where I’m in residency. I’ve been creating installations and documenting them, then sometimes making animated gifs from them. Kind of mashing up ideas of “domestic” and “artistic” production. Not sure if any of them will ever be shown/posted/etc. In a lot of ways that’s the exact opposite of my piece for Conflux. But I suppose they both deal with different kinds of spaces. Inner personal space vs. public/internet space. And the time I’m spending here is a necessary respite; which will then undoubtedly reverse when I re-enter the city. In that regard they feed off each other: Get quiet to then go public, go public to then get quiet again.

What interests you in working in public space? what are some of the challenges you face making public work?

Access, really. So many different types of people are likely to encounter a public work than they are in a gallery or even museum. Because most of my public work is online there are few challenges. One is the relative newness of the medium, another is creating work that challenges me yet remains accessible to as large an audience as possible. But I suspect these are issues that every artist faces to some degree.

Anything else you’d like to share about your recent work or involvement in Conflux?

I am really excited about the other artists included in the festival! Their work has inspired and challenged mine in many ways. It was also really fun to revisit the work I’m contributing, and to think about how to present it. It actually inspired me to create a series of four-minute walks here in Virginia. I did four over four days, starting at 4pm each day (and ending at 4:04). Every day I walked from my bedroom to my studio, which, incidentally, takes four minutes. I’m playing around with the audio now and it may end up as a sound installation eventually. Something about hearing four days at once…

Any great adventures you’ve been on recently?

Today I went on a short hike on part of the Appalachian trail! It was beyond beautiful. I also opened this door..

Check out more here: www.manbartlett.com