r.t.t.m.t.t.t.i.c.i.t.m.o.a. reviewed in new york press

opening night, rttmttticitmoa at flux factory

A playful approach to Tatlin’s Monument

When I heard the title of Flux Factory’s latest show, Response to Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International Conceived in the Mood of Ambivalence, or R.T.T.M.T.T.T.I.C.I.T.M.O.A. for short, I thought I was going off to see a ridiculous, pretentious show full of highfalutin communist propaganda.

I’m happy to report that I was completely wrong. […]

— Aileen Torres, New York Press

My photo (above) from opening night was used to illustrate the article.
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fluxbox in sculpture magazine

[…] The exterior appearance was plain– a sleek, seamless black wall that nearly spanned the entire lofty space. A silver crank handle and a small, clear, rectangular box encasing a pickle were the only ornaments. Clamped by wires on both sides, the pickle began to spark and light up as the handle was turned. Moments later, a halt­ing melody churned out from the other side of the wall.

A journey through the maze-like interior of the melody’s physical architecture began when you infil­trated the entrances to the box, tucked away on either side. The artists created a series of small musical chambers connected by sharp turns, stairs, and an orange slide, producing curious tex­tures of sound that played in sync, united in a single song. An old accordion hummed in a blue velvet room designed by Ranjit Bhatnagar. Draped with delicate strings of tiny white lights, it hung by a rope and pulley from the ceiling like a chan­delier, playing itself with each rota­tion. […]

— pp74-75, Sculpture 12/2006, International Sculpture Center

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artbots & misericordiam on wired.com

The sound of an accordion can be joyful or annoying, and artist Ranjit Bhatnagar has managed to add a dose of creepiness with his creation “Misericordiam.” Here, an accordion dangles in a black curtain-flanked booth, playing sinister sounds to no one in particular. White LEDs give it a festive air, but its intermittent noises and shakes make it seem like a prop escaped from a haunted house.

— Rachel Metz, Wired Blogs

fluxbox reviewed in Rail

There’s a nice review of the Fluxbox in the June issue of the Brooklyn Rail.

The FluxBox, which was on view at the Flux Factory in Queens from March 25 to April 29, triggered a greater feeling of suspense than your everyday automata. Not because it was a room-sized version of something that usually fits in your hand, but because the only visible part of the box from the entrance was the crank, and the crank was wired to a kosher pickle. more…
– Bethany Ryker