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Events
OPEN HOUSE NOVEMBER 12, 2012

We would like to invite you to an Open House at the New Museum on Monday November 12, 2012, from 6–8 p.m., to hear presentations on IDEAS CITY projects and meet the other participants. Welcome remarks and participant presentations will begin at 6:15 p.m. and we hope to see you there.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP to IDEASCITY@newmuseum.org.

Click here to submit your proposal for IDEAS CITY 2013,
taking place May 1-4.

Click here for more information about IDEAS CITY.

IDEAS CITY 2013 is a unique biennial event in New York City including a conference with visionaries and leaders, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and hundreds of independent projects. Formerly known as the Festival of Ideas for the New City, the 2011 event brought together over 200 organizations and attracted 70,000 visitors. This ambitious initiative is built upon the core belief that arts and culture constitute a driving force behind the vitality of urban centers worldwide.

The theme for IDEAS CITY 2013 is Untapped Capital. As the world’s resources continue to be endangered, depleted, and destroyed, we all need to imagine new solutions and develop innovative approaches and practices. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013 will encourage intensive examination of surplus resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized: Untapped Capital. There are many ways of thinking about what might define “untapped capital,” ranging from people and raw materials, to ideas, networks, varied resources, and modes of communication. The topic of Untapped Capital provides a touchstone for alternative thinking about new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.

This is an open application; please feel free to share it with other downtown NYC organizations.

Discussion

33 thoughts on “Events

  1. Housing Forum: Foreclosure and Fixing the Problem
    (in Kimmel 405)

    As a part of our Evict Chase campaign, NYU Students for Economic Justice is hosting a forum on the housing crisis and how we can fix it! Guest speakers include Rene Poitevin, a professor in our very own Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Willie Baptist and Crystal Hall from the Poverty Initiative; a member of New York Communities for Change who has seen the effects of the foreclosure crisis first-hand; and last but not least Ellen Walsh representing SEJ.

    In addition to all of this wonderful talk about economics, we will be enjoying poetry from some of our very own as well as an important call to action at the end. It’s gonna be pretty great, so come out if you can!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/171923542953587/

    Posted by Sara Bissen | December 11, 2012, 5:37 pm
  2. Cooper Union Citywide Action

    Students for a Free Cooper Union is calling for statements of solidarity, which can be from groups or individuals.

    Their list of demands and principles are here.

    http://www.cusos.org/students-for-a-free-cooper-union-call-for-signed-documents-of-solidarity/

    Free Cooper Union @FreeCooperUnion
    @gmthorn @StrikeDebt 

    http://www.cusos.org/students-for-a-free-cooper-union-lock-in-to-cooper-unions-foundation-building-to-preserve-free-education-2/

    Posted by Sara Bissen | December 6, 2012, 6:04 pm
  3. Today, December 6 @ 8pm in Rm 1009 of 6 E 16th St Somos OLA is hosting a film screening of Even the Rain (Tambien la Lluvia). 

    Directed by Icíar Bollaín, Even the Rain depicts the story of a Mexican director (Gael García Bernal) who brings his film crew to Cochabamba, Bolivia to shoot a controversial movie about Christopher Columbus, when they encounter a local uprising against the plans to privatize the water supply. The film raises issues of the struggle for basic needs and Spanish imperialism.  This is Somos OLA’s last event of the semester and we want to send you off for the holidays with a thought provoking and informative film. There will be food and refreshments served! 

    In addition, we will be discussing the progress and launch of our Latin America database that we are in the midst of setting up to open for submissions in the new year. We look forward to hearing about your interest and ways in which you may want to contribute. 

    Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter below to continue to receive additional updates about our activities and events. We look forward to seeing you at the film screening, and feel free to let your friends know about the event! 

    Posted by Sara Bissen | December 6, 2012, 3:35 pm
  4. The Center on Global Legal Transformation, in collaboration with Professor Olivier De Schutter (University of Leuven, Belgium and Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School; UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food), will hold a conference on “Governing Access to Scarce, Essential Resources” in New York on 20-21 June 2013. The conference, sponsored by a grant from the NSF Law & Social Sciences Program, will explore alternative governance regimes for “essential goods” – i.e. goods on which humans depend for their survival. See below to view the call for papers for junior researchers to participate in the conference. In anticipation of this conference, Professors Pistor and De Schutter will also chair a panel discussion on “Triangulating Property Rights” at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on 28 November 2012.

    http://www.law.columbia.edu/global-legal-transformation/globalizing_property_rights

    Posted by aangelini | November 14, 2012, 3:12 pm
  5. Envisioning Student Unionism in NYC Part Deux

    Saturday November 10, 2-5p

    Join students and educators in the SECOND brainstorming session on what a New York City-wide Student Union could look like. We plan to discuss and debate the various possible infrastructures needed to actualize a unionism that addresses our different struggles–from racial profiling and brutality to LGBTQI issues, from undocumented youth struggles to the deep crisis of our education–while building a “beautiful, noble, effective movement.”

    Once again, the Saturday conversation will *not* result in the constitution of a NYC Student Union, but rather the potential foundations for a campaign to create one in the future. Bring snacks and collaborative energy to share.

    Before Saturday, all are invited to send specific ideas/talking points/concerns/agenda items to bcstudentunion.outreach@gmail.com

    Endorsed by Adjunct Project, Students United for a Free CUNY, All in the Red, Brooklyn College Student Union, CUNY Graduate Center General Assembly, Free University, and New York Students Rising

    MCs will be Sharmin Hossain (Hunter College) and Sara Bissen (New School).

    November 10th agenda to be posted ASAP. Notes from previous meeting still to come!

    Please bring your friends, students and classmates!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/299635273474929/?fref=ts

    Posted by Sara Bissen | November 1, 2012, 2:38 pm
  6. The Right to Housing with UN Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik

    Friday, October 26, 1-3pm
    CUNY Graduate Center
    Elebash Recital Hall

    UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik will present her report on the Financialization of Housing

    The program will begin with a tribute to Neil Smith by Peter Marcuse (Columbia) and Marnie Brady (CUNY Graduate Center)

    Alessandro will (by surprise, shhh) introduce Rolnik, with whom he worked as an intern over a decade ago in São Paulo-based urban research center Instituto Pólis.

    The presentation of the report will be followed by a panel discussion, including Tom Angotti.

    http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/events/the-right-to-housing-with-un-rapporteur-raquel-rolnik/

    Posted by aangelini | October 23, 2012, 12:22 am
  7. Dr. Richard Wolff discussing Democracy and the Ailing Capitalist Economy
    November 6, 2012 – 19:30 – 20:30
    Location: Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY

    http://www.rdwolff.com/content/book-talk-and-signing-democracy-work

    Posted by citybug7 | October 22, 2012, 12:21 am
  8. Spirits of the Dead Return to Sunset Park for Dia de los Muertos Nov. 2

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121019/sunset-park/spirits-of-dead-return-sunset-park-for-dia-de-los-muertos-nov-2

    Posted by aangelini | October 20, 2012, 10:33 am
  9. Parsons Japan Travel Orientation Meeting: Japanese Design and Urban Culture on Thursday 10/11/12

    Could Architecture Exist Without Trees?

    October 1, 2012

    Opening this week in Montreal, the exhibition “First, the Forests” explores the relationship between forestry and architecture. According to a statement, the show “proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.” The exhibition, curated by Dan Handel, is a product of the inaugural Young Curator program launched by the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Read more!

    The exhibition will highlight four modes of managing forests in the past few centuries: bureaucratic forestry, scientific forestry, tropical forestry, and economic forestry. Throughout the show, contemporary projects are paired with historical material, with experimental sound narration provided by Montreal-based Audiotopie. Featured works include Herzog and de Meuron’s master plan for 2000 Hannover Expo and the SOM headquarters in Tacoma, Washington.

    The exhibition runs from October 4 to January 6, 2013.

    Posted by aangelini | October 20, 2012, 10:28 am
  10. NYU Institute for Public Knowledge – City Talks series
    http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/events/series.php?id=11

    Upcoming Events

    Hip Hop and the Elections of 2012 in Senegal: The Arts of Citizenship of Dakarois Youth | Rosalind Fredericks
    Oct 22, 2012 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Benefits and Costs of Historic Preservation Districts | Vicki Been and Ingrid Gould Ellen
    Nov 5, 2012 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Ecological Urbanism in Near Future Cities | Mitchell Joachim
    Nov 12, 2012 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    The Future of Cities and the Schools We Will Need | Pedro Noguera
    Dec 3, 2012 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Jonathan Zimmerman | Cities at War: Urban Teachers and the Limits of Freedom in American Schools
    Feb 11, 2013 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Posted by aangelini | October 17, 2012, 4:51 pm
  11. wbai.org or 99.5 fm NY from 6:30 to 7pm. This week’s think tank show will be on housing.
    Issues: what it means to have a safe and secure place to live. How it is that “safe and secure housing” translates into practical terms for people living in NYC and America. How the concept of ownership and private property factors into secure housing. And also that state of housing and homelessness in America is today. Please feel free to offer suggestions and If you would like to be a part of the show, either in the studio or as a call in guest, please let us know.

    Organizer- U.R.I. NYC Group
    Urban Rebuilding Initiative
    Twitter: @URINYC
    http://www.uripeoplesinitiative.org/

    Posted by Themistoklis | October 17, 2012, 12:26 pm
  12. Briefing: Organizing for Occupation (O4O)_ General Meeting Mon 10/15 at the Catholic Worker

    O4O seeks to evolve & thus has already started re-organizing itself.
    That means it needs people.
    As it was mentioned, “O4O does not exist without people fighting for themselves”.
    This phrase encompasses the intention of O4O not to be about joining an one-sided dependence relationship of heteronomy.

    From now on meetings will be held twice a month & interim steering committees will be formed to work on how O4O’s activities can be further developed.

    One of Monday’s updates included the case of Sunset Park Rent Strikers (more details at a previous post). “Things are happening”, as repairs at the buildings (545, 553 & 557 46th St) have started. The court of Dennis Flores has been moved at Red Hook on Oct. 30.

    The core of the meeting was the group discussions around the Values (guiding/foundational beliefs) and Principles (guiding/baseline standards/rules/models of operation) that O4O introduced for the first time in order to start clearing out how it bridges its theory with its practice.

    An interesting point made after discussing a current successful occupation; The aforementioned bridge between theory & practice should not be defined beforehand but to be derived through the local stories of people that have taken up on themselves the development and maintenance of an occupied space. A need for adequate documentation was acknowledged in order to open up to the public the fascinating stories of these people.

    There are also weekly workshops happening, such as
    “Homeowner intake with Anthony Newby an organizer with Occupy Homes MN”
    Concerns addressed in this space include:
    Overview of the foreclosure process
    Review of relevant Mortgage terms
    Communications strategy
    Tools and resources necessary to gather pertinent info
    Condensing interview material into a “1 pager”

    _____________________________________________________________________

    The main structure of O4O till now has included,
    – an offense team (taking over spaces)
    – a defense team (foreclosure blockades)
    * two supporting teams, one for legal issues & one for media outreach

    http://www.o4onyc.org/category/o4o/

    Posted by Themistoklis | October 17, 2012, 3:02 am
  13. THEATRUM MUNDI/ GLOBAL STREET
    Two-day conference at Columbia U. on a range of urban issues with panels filled with interesting thinkers and practitioners. Look at the list of events and panelists below:

    http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/?wpmlmethod=newsletter&id=12&mailinglist_id=1&subscriber_id=1393&authkey=72da7fd6d1302c0a159f6436d01e9eb0

    Posted by aangelini | October 12, 2012, 8:20 am
  14. Workshop: Amy Starecheski, Oral History in NYC’s Squatting Communities, 10/18 at 6PM

    Amy Starecheski is the Associate Director of the Oral History MA (OHMA) program at Columbia University. She is also a former squatter, and is completing a PhD in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, working with squatters to study the roles of history and property in their lives. She consults and lectures widely on oral history education and methods, and is co-author of the Telling Lives Oral History Curriculum Guide. Amy was a lead interviewer on the Oral History Research Office’s September 11, 2001 Narrative and Memory Project, for which she interviewed Afghans, Muslims, Sikhs, activists, low-income people, and the unemployed.

    https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/ohro/2012/10/11/workshop-amy-starecheski-oral-history-in-nycs-squatting-communities-1018-at-6pm/

    Posted by aangelini | October 12, 2012, 8:11 am
  15. Sunset Park Tenant Strikers, Occupy Sunset Park & Supporters to Demand that
    all Charges Against Activist Dennis Flores be Dismissed

    WHAT: Press conference and rally to support Dennis Flores

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    WHERE: Brooklyn Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, Courtroom
    AP4

    On Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am at the Brooklyn Criminal Court,
    Sunset Park Rent Strikers, members of Occupy Sunset Park, and other
    supporters will rally and demand the immediate dismissal of all charges
    against Sunset Park activist Dennis Flores.

    Sunset Park Rent Strikers, OSP, and supporters will rally and plan to fill
    up courtroom and demand that the Brooklyn D.A’s office dismiss all charges
    against OSP activist Dennis Flores. Flores came to the aide of tenant
    Francisca Ixtilico who was assaulted by building super,Israel Espinoza, who
    sent her to the hospital with cerebral bleeding. Officers from the 72nd
    precinct arrested both OSP organizer, Dennis Flores and super, Israel
    Espinoza, and charged them with 3rd degree assault, a misdemeanor for
    fighting each other, and the super was also charged for assault on tenant
    striker, Francisca.

    Espinoza walked away from the 72nd precinct with just a desk appearance
    ticket before police had even begun their investigation of Francisca’s
    assault, and before they had contacted hospital officials to learn of the
    extent of her injuries. Police officers were more focused on arresting
    long-time organizer Dennis Flores, who had come to the defense of Francisca
    by taking Espinoza off of her. Fransisca spent a week in the hospital with
    cerebral bleeding.

    Sunset Park tenants on 46th Street have been on strike for several months.
    They have complained to numerous elected officials, government agencies and
    others about the inhumane living conditions. Frustrated with the lack of
    support from these officials and agencies they turned to OSP, and others to
    fix and eventually take ownership of the three buildings.

    Background:For years residents at three adjacent buildings in Sunset
    Park,Brooklyn (545, 553, and 557 on 46th St) have been living in fear of
    fires and electrical blackouts. Despite numerous complaints made to city
    agencies and politicians’ offices, documented housing violations (including
    unsafe electrical wiring, a broken boiler, and disease-triggering agents
    like mold, cockroaches, rats, and bed bugs) continue to threaten the lives
    of dozens of residents.

    While many of these violations have persisted for years, the situation
    became more dire in recent months as the buildings underwent foreclosure.
    The buildings’ owner, Orazio Petito, has refused to do necessary repairs
    and continues to insist that tenants pay their rent.In the meantime, a
    cheap plastic fan is being used to keep the basement’s electrical box from
    overheating and catching fire.

    In apartments that include a pregnant woman with two children,disabled
    tenants, and individuals with chronic conditions, residents went without
    heat and hot water during the winter months. Today, they face the threat of
    more blackouts and fear an electrical fire if they use much-needed air
    conditioning. For many residents, waiting weeks for a court order poses an
    intolerable risk to their lives. “Do wehave to wait for a tragedy before we
    see action?” asked tenant leader Sara Lopez.

    Posted by Themistoklis | October 9, 2012, 10:15 am
    • Hi Themis,
      If you attend, could you post an update? About half of us have a methods class tomorrow at 9, but I would really like to hear how this goes. Thank you for the information. This is very helpful.

      Posted by thecityzens | October 9, 2012, 3:39 pm
  16. I’ve attended events in the past for the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space; and, they are finishing up an exhibition space soon. More importantly, they are doing tours on the weekend in accordance with Open House New York in the East Village about community gardens and squats. I am thinking of going to the Sunday event tour – depending on the workload for Monday.

    Official Site:
    http://www.morusnyc.org/

    Ticketing for Tours this Weekend:
    http://ohnyopenhouse.org/site-programs/weekend/programs/museum-reclaimed-urban-space-tours

    Posted by citybug7 | October 2, 2012, 11:09 pm
  17. Charles and I are looking to go to this event. It is the 2012 Municipal Art Society (MAS) Summit for New York City. The tagline for the two day event (Oct 18-19) is the “Voice for the Future of Our City.” A simple statement, yes… but there is a lot packed into the two day agenda.

    Please take a look. Definitely worth the time!
    http://mas.org/summit-2012-schedule/

    Posted by bonnienetel | October 2, 2012, 10:52 pm
  18. For you!

    Vera List Center for Art & Politics
    (2012-2013) Call for Entries Writing Award
    http://www.veralistcenter.org/writingawards/?p=3866

    Topic of “Thingness,” and inquiry into the nature of our material world.

    Posted by Sara Bissen | September 26, 2012, 2:18 pm
  19. Event tomorrow at The Observatory on Latin America that ties into last week’s studio discussion + questioning as to if and how structural reform can take shape: http://www.observatorylatinamerica.org/en/activities/future-activities/la-on-the-move-future-activities/293-structural-change-for-equality-public-lecture-by-alicia-barcena-eclac

    I know you may have class around this time, but if you can make it I will be there! First questions asked belong to students!

    Posted by Sara Bissen | September 26, 2012, 2:14 pm
  20. Hi everyone! Since we are coming up on October, there are a TON of different events happening in the architectural world known as “Archtober.” Some of the events look interesting! Here’s one:

    Archtober & CNU New York: Principles of Urban Design

    http://www.cnunewyork.org/blog/2012/09/archtober-cnu-new-york-principles-of-urban-design.html

    “CNU New York is the Jane Jacobs chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, promoting the creation and preservation of walkable, sustainable and beautiful neighborhoods, towns and cities.” As described by the website: This is “a walking tour that uses the streets of New York City to illustrate the principles of urbanism and urban design.”

    Could be interesting to visually get another perspective on the built from that is shaped by the many policies and structures that we have been discussing!

    For the whole list of events (there’s about 5 every day)… go here!
    http://www.archtober.org/calendar

    Enjoy!
    Bonnie

    Posted by citybug7 | September 24, 2012, 4:47 pm
  21. DETROPIA (now screening in NYC)

    Detroit’s story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.

    – by Caroline Libresco
    http://detropiathefilm.com/

    Posted by aangelini | September 24, 2012, 12:25 am
  22. BETWEEN ART AND ARCHITECTURE: OSCAR TUAZON

    September 26, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    This event has been rescheduled and will now be held on Wednesday, November 28. All tickets for September 26 will be honored. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    The built environment has long been a source of inspiration to contemporary artists. From Gordon Matta-Clark’s abandoned building “cuts” to Doris Salcedo’s site-specific interventions and Dan Graham’s Pavilions, artists have utilized architecture as a means to engage the public. This fall, Public Art Fund presents a series of talks by a new generation of artists whose work engages the built environment as both a point of departure and source of inspiration. Drawing on elements of architectural and design history-including Modernism, Brutalism, and even DIY construction-these artists address the psychological, social, and cultural significance of the urban landscape.

    Oscar Tuazon’s large-scale sculptures and architectural interventions address architecture, minimalism, and utilitarian constructions of outsider communities. Comprised of a combination of natural and industrial elements, his structures deal with the structural limits of materials, creating tension with the spaces they inhabit. His new Public Art Fund exhibition, People, is on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park from July 18, 2012 to April 2013. The exhibition features three sculptures that respond to the park’s physical landscape and incorporate concrete and tree trunks.

    * * *

    Oscar Tuazon was born in 1975 in Seattle, Washington and currently lives and works in Paris. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art and attended the Whitney Museum of America Art Independent Study Program, New York. In 2011, he presented his work at the 54th Venice Biennale, and most recently, his work was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include The Power Station, Dallas (2011); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2010); Künsthalle Bern (2010); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010); Seattle Art Museum (2008); and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007).

    * Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2011-2013 focus theme “Thingness.”

    Image caption:

    Oscar Tuason, People, 2012. Sugar maple tree, concrete, metal basketball, backboard and
    hoop. Photographed by Jason Wyche.

    LOCATION:
    Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street
    ADMISSION:
    $10 single talk; $20 series (3 talks); free to all students with valid ID Tickets may be purchased on the day of each talk but we recommend purchasing in advance

    BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
    Single event purchases can be made online at any time at the New School Box Office. Series and discounted tickets must still be made in person or over the phone at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor, Monday-Thursday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Friday 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The box office opens the first day of classes and closes after the last paid event of each semester. Reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing boxoffice@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5488.

    Posted by aangelini | September 24, 2012, 12:11 am
  23. 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design

    September 12, 2012–March 25, 2013
    Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

    The political potential of architecture was one of the founding credos of the avant-garde in the early 20th century. Yet today it is commonly believed that this potential has been overwhelmed by economic realities and by the sense that architecture, by its very nature, is symbiotic with existing power structures. Such a perception, however, is belied both by the rise of a neo-avant-garde in the 1960s and 70s, and by emerging practices that bear witness to a rebirth of social and political engagement as an assertion of architecture’s relevance. This installation of architectural works from MoMA’s collection offers a series of fresh perspectives on the ways in which, over the last half century, architects have responded actively to the ever-evolving conditions of the polis. The display engages a range of media in MoMA’s collection, putting architectural stances in dialogue with the works of other urban practitioners: artists, photographers, and designers. Divided into nine sections, plus a special performance piece by Andrés Jaque Arquitectos (at MoMA PS1 on September 16 and 23), the exhibition presents a variety of critiques, from radicalism, institutional critique, and iconoclasm, to the blurring of social borders and the examination of public space.

    http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1313

    Posted by joelpstein | September 18, 2012, 11:28 am
    • I saw this a couple weeks back. Very good condensation of movements in urbanism, although the categories and periodizations could be debated. It’s too bad there’s no catalog of this exhibit…

      Posted by aangelini | September 24, 2012, 12:07 am
  24. Free University NY
    Transforming Land Relationships by Robert Robinson of Take Back the Land
    Wednesday, September 19
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: 6:00 pm
    Location: Madison Square Park: Flagpole

    Posted by Themistoklis | September 17, 2012, 12:51 pm
  25. Picnic Festival 2012 | The New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up

    Picnic Festival 2012 starts today! This year’s theme: the New Ownership. The program will focus on seven main areas: fundamentals, governance, business, sustainability, education, health/life sciences and media. Unfortunately, it’s in Amsterdam… But check out the videos of the conferences and the discussions on Twitter (#PICNIC12). There could be some interesting insights for this studio.

    This is how they describe this year’s theme: “Connected technology is empowering people, businesses and organizations to drive change on a local and global scale. The Internet has increased awareness of issues and social media is providing a stronger ability to take action. A new notion of ownership has emerged: people are taking matters back into their own hands as they realize that everyone can potentially fulfil a role regardless of their position or location. Everyone has the power to do things for themselves on an even greater scale.”

    Posted by jolapalme | September 17, 2012, 7:13 am
  26. WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF CREATIVITY?
    Posted on September 16, 2012 by GREENSPACEUNION Leave a comment

    Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London;
    Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
    Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken – The Source
    15 September 2012–13 January 2013

    Tate Liverpool
    Albert Dock
    Liverpool
    Free admission
    Hours: daily 10–18h (10–17h from 29 October)
    External projections operate from close to 22h every evening

    T 0151 702 7400

    http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
    Twitter / Facebook

    What is the source of a creative idea? Where does it start and what is its journey to the finished creation? Doug Aitken explores the creative drive behind many of the cultural pioneers who are shaping our creative future in Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken – The Source. Presented as a series of filmed conversations between Aitken and celebrated cultural figures from diverse media including visual art, architecture, film, new media and music, The Source leads us to new frontiers of contemporary culture.

    Posted by miguelroblesduran | September 16, 2012, 8:05 pm
  27. Learning Cities | Smarter Regions — Urban Design Program lecture series
    Posted on September 16, 2012 by GREENSPACEUNION Leave a comment
    Lecture
    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:30pm
    Studio-X NYC
    Learning Cities | Smarter Regions — Urban Design Program lecture series
    Tim Carter and Bill Taft will be sharing some of Indianapolis’ recent efforts to
    strengthen its existing resources in policy, community, ecology and economy.

    Posted by miguelroblesduran | September 16, 2012, 8:04 pm
  28. A conference organized by Carlos Motta (CO/USA) and Oliver Ressler (A) for steirischer herbst in the framework of the 24/7 marathon camp “Truth is Concrete” in Graz
    September 26, 2012 — 8 pm – midnight

    Participants: Manuela Bojadzijev, Janna Graham & Dont Rhine/Ultra-red (D/UK/US), Mariam Ghani (US), Nicoline van Harskamp (NL), Jennifer Gonzalez (US), Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan (F/UK), Miguel López (PE), Sofía Olascoaga (MX), Nikolay Oleinikov (RU), and Marco Scotini (I).

    The idea of an “absolute democracy“ suggests the need for the redistribution of wealth and power and the radical transformation of systems of rule. It denounces the effects of capitalism and in that way challenges normative understandings of class, race, gender and sexuality. “Absolute Democracy“ convenes an international group of cultural producers to discuss the construction of a plural, heterogeneous, inclusive and “absolute“ democracy. The conference is composed of two sessions: “Forms of Democracy: Activism, Art and Cultural Production“, which features presentations by artists and theoreticians that question past and existing forms of democratic participation, revise historical accounts and interpret forms of artistic production and documentation; and “Thinking Politics Freed From the State“, a session devoted to presentations that imagine new democratic models independent from the State and that envision new understandings of governability and of self-determination.

    Posted by miguelroblesduran | September 16, 2012, 8:02 pm

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