AS-AP

Survey: Fluxhouse Cooperative

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1967
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
cooperative live/work building for artists
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
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1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Other
Part 2.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Several people, including some artists connected with the Fluxus art movement, bought a loft building in NY City’s Soho area in 1967 and formed a cooperative where artists could purchase a space to live and work. It was a cooperative in the sense of NY’s legal system, that is, a purchaser bought shares in the corporation which owned the building and the shares carried with them a proprietary lease to a particular space. Corporate by-laws and NY City zzoning law stated that purchasers had to be artists needing large spaces in which to work. Fluxhouse imposed no artistic criteria (one did not have to be a follower of the Fluxus movement to purchase).
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Various individuals held performances or exhibitions in their particular space, but Fluxhouse was merely the entity which owned the buiilding and did not sponsor exhibitions, etc.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
George Macunias deceased
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Bob Watts deceased
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jonas Mekas unknown
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
For-Profit
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
For-Profit
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The rise in real estate values makes it almost impossible for working artists to buy into the building, although the majority of residents are still artists.
Part 7.
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?: 
Our archive is already in place
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
Yes
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Unknown
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.: 
No
survey_field_49: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Yes
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
Our archives relate only to the business of running the building and are of no interest or value to any art historical research. If someone were interested in the history of small cooperative residences or a real estate-oriented history of Soho, we would consider limited access, although we would be prohibited by law from giving out lot of corporated papers.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Correspondence
Board Minutes
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
Other:: 
Other Artwork
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1970-1979
1980-1989
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
None
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
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14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
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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: 
1 - 10
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
16b. Paper-based:: 
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
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.)?: 
We do not have any electronic files
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
no one
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
Part 19.
Other: 
standard heated space, not air-conditioned
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
none, these are just corporate records, purged as needed
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
n/a
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
n/a
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
n/a
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
n/a
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Unknown
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Unknown
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?: 
No
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
This survey does not really apply to this organization, which is simply a residential building primarily for artists, but which has no artistic goals of its own.
Finish
survey_field_149: 
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes