Monday, March 3, 2014

Flux Night to skip 2014, return in 2015

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Micah and Whitney Stansells installation at Flux Night 2013
  • JAMES CAMP
  • Micah and Whitney Stansell's installation at Flux Night 2013

Flux Night, the massively popular annual public art event in Castleberry Hill, is taking a break in 2014. This is the first year since 2008, when Le Flash was founded, that a one-night public art event will not occur in the neighborhood. Last year's Flux Night drew an estimated 25,000 people.

In an email on Friday, Flux Projects announced that they were already in the planning stages for 2015. When asked if the event will be biennial in the future, executive director Anne Dennington responded with a lengthy look at the future of Flux Night.

After each Flux Night we sit down and ask ourselves how we can improve the event. As we evaluated last year, we determined that site visits should be mandatory in the future. Time and budget have not always allowed for these in the past. We also concluded that we needed to give artists a longer lead time to create work and to allow additional time for production of the event. As our crowds grow, so do the logistics for presenting Flux Night. As we dropped it all into a calendar, the answer was pretty obvious.

As for whether Flux Night will permanently become a biennial, we are not certain. To bring in artists with international careers and have them create original works, we will have to give them more lead time than has previously been possible. It may be that getting ahead of the curve this year allows us to begin working on 2016 next year. We could also find that the additional time for workshops, lectures, and internships makes a biennial much more rewarding for our audience and our artists. We think Flux Night 2015 will feel much more like a community event.

When Flux Projects began, we never wanted to do only a one-night event; we were committed to producing projects throughout the year as well. We are still a small organization. A year without a Flux Night could allow us to channel resources into some really special year-round projects.

So right now there are so many possibilities... including the option of having it be more than just one night. Atlanta's response to Flux Night has been amazing, and it is pushing us to do more and do it better. We're excited, and we hope you are, too.

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