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Flux Death Match: Operation Wall Street vs. Art

Mar 31, 2012: 7pm - 9pm
Flux Factory

3838 43rd St. | Long Island City, Queens, NY

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Flux Factory presents Flux Death Match, a new initiative that takes online debates into real-space at the Flux Factory gallery. Conceived as lively discussions between influential members of the art, tech, and political communities, panelists will illustrate their points with slides, web references, and other materials in a rapid-fire way that will challenge convictions on critical issues. free103point9 Online Radio and WGXC air this first Flux Death Match, recorded March 21 at Flux Factory, Long Island City, Queens. In this first Flux Death Match, art critics Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City and Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic and artists John Powers and William Powhida will face off in a heated debate. The panelists will argue over the strategies artists use to engage with the Occupy Wall Street movement and confront the concentration of wealth and power within the art world. Johnson and Powers have a history of online skirmishes, most recently a Twitter debate that resulted in an 18-part discussion posted to YouTube on the merits of the recent ArtPrize city-wide competition in Grand Rapids, MI. Vartanian and Powhida have traded barbs publicly, both in person and through various online platforms; their epic disagreements have undoubtedly shaped the discourse surrounding the NYC art scene. The debate is followed by a Q&A session, after which the audience will determine the winner. Flux Death Match: Art & OWS is organized and moderated by Douglas Paulson & Christina Vassallo.