[NetBehaviour] CONFLUX FESTIVAL 2008.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jul 18 18:29:44 CEST 2008
CONFLUX FESTIVAL 2008.
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE, NYC.
Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary
psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through
emerging artistic, technological and social practice. At Conflux, visual
and sound artists, writers, urban adventurers and the public gather for
four days to explore their urban environment.
People from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures come together at
the festival to re-imagine the city as a playground, a space for
positive change and an opportunity for civic engagement. The Village
Voice describes Conflux as a âEURoenetwork of maverick artists and
unorthodox urban investigatorsâEUR¦making fresh, if underground,
contributions to pedestrian life in New York City, and upping the ante
on todayâEUR(TM)s fight for the soul of high-density metropolises.
From architects to skateboarders, Conflux participants have an
enthusiasm for the city thatâEUR(TM)s contagious. Over the course of the
long weekend the sidewalks are literally transformed into a mobile
laboratory for creative action. With tools ranging from traditional
paper maps to high-tech mobile devices, artists present walking tours,
public installations and interactive performance, as well as bike and
subway expeditions, workshops, a lecture series, a film program and live
music performances at night.
Conflux is produced by Glowlab, an independent, Brooklyn-based
production and publishing studio with a gallery in Williamsburg and a
web-based magazine at glowlab.com. WeâEUR(TM)ve worked with arts
organizations including Eyebeam, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the
Van Alen Institute and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, as well as
local universities such as New York University, Hunter College and
Parsons. Conflux has been reviewed in publications including the New
York Times, the Village Voice Flash Art and Art Review Magazine and
covered on numerous arts blogs and cultural websites such as Flavorpill,
Nylon, Rhizome and Gothamist.
Conflux is an event attended by people of differing backgrounds who
share a common desire to understand, explore, and ultimately heighten
their enjoyment of the urban environment while learning how to sustain
and improve it. Conflux visitors are introduced to the ways cutting-edge
artists utilize performance, visual art and music to address topics
including the environment, sustainable development, the increased
presence of technology in cities, emerging trends in social/local
networking and ways we can humanize the urban experience by encouraging
dialogue amongst communities.
As a fiscally-sponsored project of the Brooklyn Arts Council, Conflux
has received support from the New York State Council on the Arts,
Artists Space, the Puffin Foundation and the Independence Community
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