The 2015 IDEAS CITY Festival is comprised of a series of talks, panels, and discussions at Cooper Union on Thursday May 28; dance battles, poetry slams, urban-design pitches, sound and video environments, games, and mobile art spaces on Friday May 29; and a major street festival taking over the area surrounding the New Museum on Saturday May 30. See below for some highlights of this year’s festival:
THURSDAY MAY 28
Ticketed Event, RSVP Required
Panel: Maps for the Invisible City including Occupy Wall Street Co-Creator Micah White
What role can culture play in finding and engaging the invisible urban population?
Lecture: Seeing Through the Noise including artist Trevor Paglen, known for documenting the American surveillance state of the 21st century
How can networks, infrastructures, and processes be made more transparent and empowering?
NIGHT EVENTS ON FRIDAY MAY 29
Ticketed Event, RSVP Required
Municipal Art Society and Architizer: Pitching the City at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Vote for the next best design idea at this high-energy pitch event showcasing the newest city-building projects from urban entrepreneurs from around the world.
BattleFest at the Aula at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
The home for the most exciting dance competitions of Extreme Street Dancing around the nation, BattleFest will bring amazing one-on-one dance battles to IDEAS CITY.
NEW INC and Deep Lab at Studio 231
NEW INC and cyberfeminist research collective Deep Lab’s week-long residency will explore privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and data aggregation, and culminate in performances and workshops.
STREET FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS, SATURDAY MAY 30
100+ FREE EVENTS, No RSVP Required
• Huge blocks of recyclable EPS geofoam will furnish the entire length of the Bowery from Stanton to Rivington Streets, transforming the Bowery into an extraordinary and surreal spatial experience.
• Genspace citizen science biotech lab and scientist Christine Marizzi from the DNA Learning Center will offer a hands-on bacteria-printing workshop, making New York City’s microbiome visible and accessible.
• The Institute For Aesthletics’s Mayan Ball Game Tournament will mash the ancient Mesoamerican sport with New York City street basketball, pitting cultural institutions against each other to crown the 2015 Mayan Ball Game champ. No sacrifices will be performed.
• Artist Jordi Jorba presents Nomadic Place, repurposing inoperative hot air balloons to create colorful, temporary structures that house community events, performances, and workshops.
• Smog Tasting, organized by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy with Edible Geography, and presented by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, uses egg foams to harvest air pollution. They will serve smog meringues from different locations to allow urban atmospheres to be tasted and compared.
• A Pigeon’s Perspective, organized by the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, is a walking tour that will explain the presence of pigeons on the Lower East Side scientifically, historically, and culturally. Participants will visit a few keys points around the Lower East Side (including the last remaining coop in Alphabet City, feral pigeon nests, and pigeon feeder spots).
• Hester Street Fair, the IDEAS CITY mini food festival.
Visit ideas-city.org for tickets and more information.