Remember Flux?

"World Stage" performace at Flux 12, Downtown Pittsburgh, summer 2005.

“World Stage” performance at Flux 12, Downtown Pittsburgh, summer 2005.  Photo by L. Rippel.

Detail of work in progress, World Stage.  L. Rippel

Detail of work in progress, World Stage. L. Rippel

The FLUX series of late-night art parties in massive vacant industrial buildings were a major part of the Pittsburgh art scene ten years ago.  Developed by Traci Jackson, the one-day events featured a mix of visual arts, films, bands, theatrical performances and lots of beer.  For FLUX 12 (held in the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh facilities, Penn Avenue, Downtown) I created a junk model of the world, decorating it with illustrations of polemical issues.  As I jumped from one end of the sculpture to the other, I touched on destruction of the Amazon rain forest, pre-emptive missile strikes and other current issues involving U.S. consumption and policy (and resulting ripple effects throughout the world).  As I completed one side, visitors moved in to view new developments.

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