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Conflux Festival is this weekend!
Posted By Moe Beitiks On September 19, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Green Design Events,New York City | No Comments
It’s remix-the-city-time: the Conflux Festival is back. This annual NYC-based festival of psychogeography  promises some great urban tinkering, featuring the work of several artists we’ve featured here on Inhabitat. From Eve Mosher  to Swimming Cities  to Reverend Billy , the artists of Conflux use technology to explore public space in the city — re-defining the city and its proper use and maintenance.
Friday and Saturday include all-day presentations and workshops in NYU Steinhardt’s Barney Building . A few questions addressed in the workshops over the weekend: How can we use new tools and technologies to organize and connect with audiences? How do you make and ride a beautiful junk from Koper to Venice with many dirty people, put on a show, and then take it all apart again? How do you put on a performance in the subway?
Above all, the festival provides a toolkit for participants taking apart the city and putting it back together again. The artists transform urban space from the concrete blah we walk past every day to a thriving, liquid character in our everyday lives. Like your mom. But don’t do this kind of deconstructing on your mom.
You might recall artist Eve Mosher’s  piece Insert_Here (pictured above) from last year’s CitySol: it involves the playful suggestions of sustainable additions to urban space — which Mosher then digitally enhances. This year she’s invited people to “rethink” their neighborhoods in her Friday afternoon workshop. 
On Sunday, the city will explode with ConfluxCity , a “user-generated” event in the spirit of Burning Man  or PARK(ing) Day , with performances, parades, workshops and projects all day. Fans of The Yes Men  can witness their Survivaballs  out in full force! There’s a google map  of scheduled events provided for more precise wandering.
Whether you love messing with space, hate urban re-development, are a performance junkie or just love important outside playtime, Conflux promises to be an inspiration, yet again, to the perpetual improvement and analysis of our increasingly urban lives.
+ Conflux 2008 
+ Conflux 2007 
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 the Conflux Festival : http://confluxfestival.org/2009/
 psychogeography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychogeography
 Eve Mosher: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/28/citysol-music-art-and-solar-fest-this-weekend/
 Swimming Cities : http://confluxfestival.org/2009/events/workshops/tianna-kennedy/
 Reverend Billy: http://confluxfestival.org/2009/2009/08/25/conflux-workshop-breaking-in-to-public-space/
 Barney Building: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/art/facilities/
 Eve Mosher’s: http://www.mudandsticks.com/gallery2/main.php
 Friday afternoon workshop. : http://http://confluxfestival.org/2009/events/workshops/eve-mosher/
 text messaging the fish in the East River : http://confluxfestival.org/2009/events/workshops/natalie-jeremijenko/
 Urban Disorientation Game: http://confluxfestival.org/2009/events/workshops/kurt-braunohler-anya-khait-micilin-odonaghue/
 ConfluxCity: http://confluxfestival.org/2009/events/conflux-city/
 Burning Man: http://www.burningman.com
 PARK(ing) Day: http://www.parkingday.org
 The Yes Men: http://www.theyesmen.org/
 Survivaballs: http://survivaball.com/
 google map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=108137396141670559105.00046a49a0d707c65055f&z=13
 + Conflux 2009 Schedule: http://confluxfestival.org/2009/wp-content/themes/conflux/gridlock/images/conflux_schedule_2009.pdf
 + Conflux 2008: Street Spinning: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/13/conflux-urban-nets-and-street-spinning/
 + Conflux 2008: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/13/conflux-2008-festival/
 + Conflux 2007: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/16/conflux-brooklyns-urban-festival-for-change/
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