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FEATURED PARTICIPANT: Emily Bunker

Analogous mappings of movement and scale are taken to incredibly unusual and personal realms in works by Emily Bunker.  Conflux is excited to be including documentation of a mapping project Bunker completed in 2009 in this year’s festival.  During a residency in Troy, NY – Emily Bunker left her studio to conduct experiments in abandoned baseball fields nearby.  She followed the travel patterns of insects by employing bright yarn to signify their movements.

During the same time period she mapped her own movements in her studio using the same strategies – ultimately making her workspace practically unusable.

In a field that is often dominated by slick, impeccably engineered, high-tech data visualization projects, Bunker focuses on human perception of movement in space and the physicality of the seemingly futile gesture of attempting to document it ephemerally. Also in line with her desire to create analogous, personal ways of mapping data – Emily Bunker previously covered herself in red clay slip  while sleeping on a bed of white clay overnight creating what she calls “a tactile cartography of sleep.”

FEATURED PARTICIPANT: Alex Young

Alex Young has recently moved back to NYC from post-industrial upstate New York towns Troy and Buffalo. In conjunction with the Conflux Festival 2012, Young will be creating a site-specific project (which we learn more about in a couple of weeks). Beforehand, I wanted to highlight his practice and a few of his recent works. Alex Young is an artist, curator and writer exploring the built environment and experimental historiography.

His 2011 project, The Center for Utopian Socialist Studies (C.U.S.S.) is a floating headquarters on the base of a waterfall on the Wyantskill River in Troy- the same river which once fueled the Burden Iron Works’ waterwheel. Young also states that the waterwheel was the world’s largest of its time and was the primary influence on the invention of the Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel was also the main influence for King Gillette’s 1984 conception of Metropolis, another huge focus of Young’s work and research.  C.U.S.S. serves as both an avatar for his Worldshaving project and also as a functional reading room containing literature related to the formation of utopian social communities. This small, hidden base looks at narratives that create a sense of place, city, and industry.

In addition to highlighting Alex Young’s off-site project happening during the weekend of Conflux, we are excited to be exhibiting documentation from his Site of Metropolis: Past/ Future, Present/ Future project completed in Buffalo, NY in 2010. The vinyl mesh banners shown below were installed along chain link fences throughout Buffalo- implying the future construction of King Camp Gillette’s 1984 vision of a single-world-city grid of towering apartment buildings powered by Niagara Falls.  Looking forward to checking them out at Conflux 2012!