Survey: Flux Factory

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Flux Factory, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) arts and education not-for-profit organization created in 1994 and incorporated in 1998. The Flux Factory’s mission is to support, promote, and produce innovative art while fostering growth within the community through creative exchange. Flux Factory encourages new artistic productions and collaborations, provides a public forum for artists, and promotes diversity and multicultural exchanges. The Flux Factory is a well-known venue for both emerging and established artists working in a wide range of media—visual art, sound & music, performance, new media and writing. With a year round schedule of creative workshops, weekly salons, and provocative, cutting-edge exhibitions, the Flux Factory offers a unique environment for artistic innovation, experimentation, and exchange. Central to this mission is the Flux Factory’s commitment to serving as an artistic nexus and experimental lab in the Queens community, providing an exhibition space, performance area, computer center, silk-screening facilities, musical recording facility, and library. As a fully artist-run organization and artistic collective, Flux Factory is unique in both the Queens and greater New York art world.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Flux Factory began as a collective living space in 1994, in an old spice factory in Williamsburg, New York City. Its original members were undergraduates at the New School For Social Research (now New School University). About four years later, with a new stage built and twice as many members, the Flux Factory living room evolved into a site for art events and performances of all kinds. Flux became an official nonprofit in 1998 and moved to its present location in Long Island City, Queens in 2002. Flux Factory is constantly changing and growing, with new ideas and new participants every year. It is like a factory of flux. Thus the name Flux Factory.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:,
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Morgan Meis
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Stefany Anne Golberg
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jean Barberis
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
End of lease for your space resulting in a move to a smaller location
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
All of the above
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Props for Performances
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
11 - 20
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I can’t access the material to determine this
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
Flat Files
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
would like to have archive materials not a complete mess by end of 2006
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
all of the above
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Would like them properly archived and available to the public
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
See above
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
We produce a lot of crap for our shows and have begun a process of digitally documenting this crap, putting it on our website, and throwing the stuff away...
Flux Factory
Who executed this survey.: 
Stefany Anne Golberg
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: