Self Storage NYC
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
October 6th - October 28th
September 15th, 2017
Queens art show legally occupies self storage units to highlight displacement
Self Storage NYC is a site-specific exhibition-event taking place in select self storage facilities in Long Island City and Flux Factory’s gallery. The project is a major Flux Factory show occurring throughout October, organized by a team of international curators.
Taking full advantage of the “1 month 1 dollar” offers provided by self storage facilities around Flux Factory, Self Storage NYC provides 9 currently displaced artist or activist-run spaces and projects with the opportunity to freely curate a storage unit for a month.
At the same time, Flux Factory’s gallery will function as co-working space for these artists and activists. A program of talks and activities (TBA) will take place for both the participants and the public, addressing topics related to the social responsibility of city development, the sustainability of non-traditional spaces and the phenomenon of storage.
Visitors will experience Self Storage NYC independently through a downloadable map with instructions to locate and access each storage unit. Visitors can also access an audio description of each presentation when they are in a unit.
· Title: Self Storage NYC
· Opening event at Flux Factory: October 6th from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
· The self storage units will be accessible from October 6th to October 27th
· Passcodes and map with addresses and further logistics will be available as auto-generated reply starting on the 4th of October by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Events and Workshops TBA
· Self Storage NYC is curated by Julie Bitsch (DK), Will Owen (US), Erik Duckert (DK), Sean Naftel (US) and Melinda Lauw (SG).
“Space is at a premium in New York City – so much so that in a city with no room for new graveyards, the battle for space even follows us into the afterlife. The space we need for our belongings is, of course, just another extension of the endless gridding of the city into saleable space and rooms.” Erica Lyle from the Self Storage project You Can’t Take it With You.
“The essentially unregulated New York City real estate market is driving prices up, driving artists out of the city – by hacking the one dollar offer we play along on marked terms.” --Erik Duckert, Self Storage Curator
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