I enjoyed Flux Night 2015: Dream. It wasn't like the others. It was smaller "acts" in a more legible place. More legible than Castleberry Flux Nights. You know what I mean about Castleberry? It's kind of a mystery to itself even if you are familiar with it. There was no disorienting mystery in the straightforward grid of Edgewood and Auburn Avenue. There was no squeezing together at Castleberry bottlenecks. I like it both ways.
And I've always complained about Flux, I couldn't see everything,
sometimes I couldn't even take in a single "act," not in total. I didn't
mind the 2014 hiatus. We tend to overdo everything. I was a bit wary abut the theme. I'm resistant to art with a message. I was worried about the rain too. And there was some good football on the tube.
The last thing I saw was "The Dream Lives" by Stephon Ferguson, excerpts from seven speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it was drizzling but I don't think we cared.
So I didn't find any "huge" acts. The location itself wasn't a mystery. It was easy to get there and get around.
Kind of a let down at first. But I stayed with it, just hanging out. I saw everything twice, some three times. I ran into at least 50 people I know.
After about 90 minutes Flux had absorbed me. I found myself in a crowd of young ladies in choir robes. "What's going on?" "We're singing in 10 minutes." I walked with the choir.
The Parable is a performance in which a local African-American choir sings a new composition by Malik Gaines.
I was worn out by 11:30 but didn't want to leave so I didn't get to see everything or all of anything.
All the Flux's were running though my head and I was feeling good.
And I'm wondering about next year.
Here's a 15 minute video. You are probably in it. Music starts at about the 10 second mark.
The first thing you see is "Passage of Sankofa & Nkonsonkonson (a two-part installation)" by Jessica Scott-Felder. You can just spot Jessica in the blue jacket about 01:40.
See you next year.
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