Sunday, August 1, 2010

Conflux Festival 2010

A member of the facebook group (thanks, Michael!) just posted this a few hours ago; it's a call for entries for the Conflux Festival, to be held in NYC from October 8-10.

From their website:

...Conflux will provide a platform for artists, urban geographers, technologists and others to organize and produce innovative activities dedicated to the examination, celebration and (re)construction of everyday urban life.

Conflux proposals must be submitted by August 15 ($10 administrative fee). All proposals will be judged based on artistic merit, originality, and feasibility. Check the FAQ for guidelines and details.

This year’s festival is based on themes of INVESTIGATION, ACTION and TRANSMISSION. Conflux participants will transform New York’s East Village into a laboratory for creative experimentation and civic action. Through public interventions, artist-facilitated walks and tours, interactive performances and installations, bike and subway expeditions, and more, Conflux artists will confront and rewrite the rules of urban public space...

I am reminded of "negative space," the brite collective's Park(ing) Day charrette from last year, that involved a walk around capitol hill and drawing mental maps to highlight memorable and easily forgotten spaces around the neighborhood (cf. Kevin Lynch's The Image of the City for a classic study of this sort.)

Entries for Conflux are due August 15th and the submission fee is just $10, so if you have a burning idea, I think it's worth submitting. I could easily be convinced to coauthor a proposal if someone out there has something in mind...

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