Update 11/5: After the original October 3 date was postponed, Flux Night will now take place November 7.
Flux Night, the annual interactive art night, took last year off. “The event was growing faster than the organization,” says executive director Anne Dennington. “We needed time to plan [the next stage] thoughtfully.” That next stage arrives on October 3. Here’s what’s new this year:
Nato Thompson—chief curator for New York’s Creative Time, an arts organization that supports public exhibitions—selected everything from the location to the featured artists: Atlanta photographer Sheila Pree Bright, Chinese artist Jennifer Wen Ma, and Mexico City’s Pedro Reyes. This isn’t the first time Flux Night has used an outside curator; in 2013 the event was helmed by Londoner Helena Reckitt.
After four years in Castleberry Hill, Flux was looking to branch out when Dennington and Thompson took a serendipitous car ride through the Old Fourth Ward last year. “What’s really profound [about the area] is it’s a neighborhood and a historic site,” says Thompson.
Flux Night’s theme, Dream, was inspired by the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr., who was born in the Old Fourth Ward. Thompson wants attendees to “dream about present, dream about past, dream about what Atlanta could be,” he says.
This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue under the headline “Dream big.”