Capital Knowledge: IDEAS City Festival Touches Down in NYC
Celebrating all things theoretical (and possible), the 2013 IDEAS City conference kicked off at the New Museum in New York this past Wednesday with a keynote address by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito. Speaking to the unlimited potential of the internet as it continues to transform society in substantial and positive ways, Ito was the perfect figure to usher in this massive consciousness-raising event.
Announcing a line-up as diverse as it is intriguing, IDEAS City is a four-day festival and meeting of the minds that hopes to explore the future of cities around the globe, and the role art and culture play in the innovation of urban centers. This year’s IDEAS City has been dedicated to the exploration of "Untapped Capital," and the ways cities can use what’s already at their disposal to create and renew.
By focusing on four main areas where Untapped Capital can be found and put to productive use, Ad Hoc Strategies, Waste, Play, and Youth, the festival looks through a series of workshops, panels, and discussions to get the public to think about ways they can rejuvenate their ailing or stagnated public spaces. Featuring such curious events as “Arlin Austin in collaboration with human and puppet colleagues presents: Art-Pedagogy Fun-Time Alternative-Economies Discourse-Adventure”, IDEAS City hopes to act as a city-wide catalyst and open platform to help urban dwellers re-consider the way they view art, design, the urban center, and the way we interact.