N train to FLUX FACTORY opening April 1st at 6pm


The Typhoon Continues and So Do You

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Soldiers Resting, 2011

Opening reception: April 1, from 6 pm on
Exhibition dates: Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, May 1
Hours: open weekends, 12 – 6 pm or by appointment (closed Easter Sunday)
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens

Flux Factory is pleased to announce The Typhoon Continues and So Do You, an exhibition of new works through which artists contemplate four specific “artifacts” of war and how their original purposes are transformed through integration into larger society.

Armed conflict leads to unique forms of expression that pervade contemporary culture in myriad ways both visible and invisible, tangible and abstract. Deciding on objects and images that were originally intended for use by various institutions or political movements and that later experienced a re-appropriation by larger society, we considered how they came to occupy a different meaning in daily life. They are: (1) Transcript of the Milosevic war crimes trial at The Hague, (2) Balaclava face mask, adopted as a symbol of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, (3) US Army recruitment video game, and (4) North Korean Hell March video and the ensuing discussion posted on YouTube.

Artists’ responses include a video featuring a repentant Milosevic, an eerily playful floor installation that will illustrate America’s involvement in armed conflicts around the world, competing recruitment videos in the style of Civil War reenactments, and a series of plays that reinterpret Subcomandante Marcos’ actions through the text of Japanese revolutionary Yukio Mishima. The exhibition will be accompanied by a reader with commissioned texts that also respond to the “artifacts” of war.

Participating artists include Vahap Avsar, Hector Canonge, Joseph DeLappe, Patrick Dintino, Nick Fevelo, Yevgeniy Fiks, Gregory Green, Harvey Loves Harvey, Pablo Helguera & Colectivo Mishima, Yael Kanarek, Kristian Kozul, Julia Kul, Elizabeth Larison, Brian Leo, Paolo Pedercini, Public Studio, Ryan Roa, Christopher Robbins, Sayeh Sarfaraz, Aida Sehovic, and Matthew Sleeth.

Reader contributions by Rodney Dickson, Pauline Julier, Biko Koenig, Nick Kolakowski, Carin Kuoni, Morgan Meis, Catherine McMahon, Gregory B. Moynahan, Oliver Ressler, A.E. Souzis, and Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor.

Curated by Elizabeth Larison, Douglas Paulson, Ginger Shulick, Chen Tamir, and Christina Vassallo.

Related presentations, screenings and performances:
Saturday, April 9th, 6pm. Objects of War and Their Reappropriations. Performance by Pablo Helguera & Colectivo Mishima and presentation by Anya E.V. Liftig.

Thursday, April 14th, 8pm. Geographical and Social Landscapes of Conflict, Both Real and Perceived. Short film by Owen Mundy and documentary by Jayce Salloum, to occur in conjunction with Flux Thursday, Flux Factory’s monthly potluck dinner and arts salon.

Sunday, May 1, 3:30pm. Knowledge Creation and Propagation: Justifying Choices in War and Reparation. Short film by Nadia Awad and presentation by Maxwell Neely-Cohen.
Preparations for Existing in and Surviving through Zones of Conflict. Short film by Alana Kakoyiannis and a short film by Oliver Ressler.

The Typhoon Continues and So Do You is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Materials for the Arts; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.

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