Reckitt (at left) is no stranger to Atlanta, having lived here from 1998 to 2005 and worked at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. More importantly, she was one of three curators of Toronto’s 2012 Nuit Blanche, an event that has served as a model for Flux Night, and has had a wide range of curatorial and program experiences at such institutions as the Power Plant Toronto and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Now senior lecturer in curating at London’s Goldsmiths College, Reckitt has worked with Yael Bartana, Keren Cytter, Harrell Fletcher, Joachim Koester, Ryan Trecartin, Paul Shambroom, Carey Young and others.
“Flux Night has become a vital event in the Atlanta arts calendar, and I am honored to be joining the organization as its first external curator for the 2013 edition,” she says. “My curatorial theme, ‘Free Association,’ evokes the pleasure of mixing and mingling at street level that is central to Flux Night, and that car-centric Atlanta does not always afford.
“It also points to the strong history of digital art and collective activity within the city. . . . I am looking forward to reconnecting with the artists and arts community, and to introducing artists from elsewhere whose work will, I hope, resonate within this context.”
A grant from the LUBO Fund and sponsorship from MailChimp enabled Flux Projects to hire Reckitt; it plans to hire guest curators as a regular practice.
“By working with respected curators from around the world, we hope to attract new artists and enhance the event’s profile in Atlanta and beyond,” says Executive Director Anne Dennington. “We have had three very successful years, but it’s time to raise the bar.”
Flux Night 2013 will consist of Reckitt commissions and projects selected from an open call for proposals chosen by a committee composed of Flux Projects staff and board members and Reckitt. The call will be released in the coming week, and artists will apply through CaFÉ (“Call For Entry”) at www.callforentry.org.