Flux Night 2015: Dream in Atlanta
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 7pmmidnight
Old Fourth Ward
Curated by Nato Thompson
Flux Projects, the Atlanta-based public art organization, is excited to present Flux Night 2015: Dream, a one-night event that will bring site-specific visual and performance art to Atlantas Old Fourth Ward on Saturday, October 3 from 7pm until midnight.
This years Flux Night will be curated by Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson. There is something fascinating, compelling, and deeply urgent in the landscape of Old Fourth Ward, says Thompson. It is not only the historic birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., but this neighborhood speaks volumes about the potentialities and struggles throughout time at the confluence of urban space, race relations and dreams.
Thompson has selected a diverse, provocative and accomplished group of local, national and international artists to create a collection of temporary public art projects for this years Flux Night audience. The line-up includes: Elissa Blount Moorhead (Baltimore) + Rashida Bumbray (New York) + Arthur Jafa (Tupelo, MS); Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta); Center for Tactical Magic (San Francisco); Courtesy the Artists (New York); Stephon Ferguson (Atlanta); Chris Johnson (Oakland, CA) + Hank Willis Thomas (Brooklyn, NY) + Bayeté Ross Smith (Harlem, NY) + Kamal Sinclair (Los Angeles); Jennifer Wen Ma (New York & Beijing); Yoko Ono (Nutopia); Otabenga Jones & Associates (Houston, TX); Pedro Reyes (Mexico City); and Jessica Scott-Felder (Atlanta).
The artists this year have been commissioned to create works inspired by Dr. Kings dream, and they will be showing these works in the very neighborhood where he was born, preached, and buried, says Anne Dennington, executive director of Flux Projects. This could only happen in Atlanta.
While the historic neighborhood provides a unique context for this years audience to consider the artworks, Flux Night 2015 is not about the past, but rather an event inspired by one of the 20th centurys most germane leaders, whose call to action still rings true today. Indeed, given the current social and political climate in the US, Flux Night is, more than ever, art for now.
This fall, join Flux Projects and Nato Thompson on Edgewood and Auburn Avenues where, for one night only, art, technology and (a little bit of) magic will intersect to transform the historic Old Fourth Ward into Atlantas largest outdoor public art gallery.
Flux Night 2015: Dream, a night of fantasy and fact, past and future, questions, answers, reason and the imagination. Saturday October 3 from sunset to midnight.
About Nato Thompson
Nato Thompson is the chief curator for Creative Time, a leader in producing temporary public art for over four decades in New York City, across the United States, and around the world. Since joining Creative Time in 2007, Thompson has organized such major projects as the annual Creative Time Summit; Kara Walkers A Subtlety (2014); the group show Living as Form (2011); Paul Ramirez Jonass Key to the City (2010); Jeremy Dellers It Is What It Is (with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie, 2009); Democracy in America: The National Campaign (multiple artists, 2008); and Paul Chans acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007).
About Flux Projects & Flux Night
Flux Projects produces stand-alone temporary public art projects, free for the Atlanta community, with the highlight of the organizations calendar being the annual one-night event, Flux Night. Modeled on Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Paris, Flux Night has included projections, dance, performance, sound and light installations, parades, and other interactive art projects.
Flux Projects is supported in part by MailChimp, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts (a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts), the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, the City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs, Ponce City Market, the LUBO Fund, Braden Fellman, Nelson Mullins, 755 North, Telephone Factory Lofts, Proper Medium, Iris-Worldwide, and other private individuals.