The Cooper Union | 7 E 7th St.
This year’s IDEAS CITY Festival will take place May 28–30 and centers on the theme of The Invisible City. Dozens of artists, one hundred organizations, and tens of thousands of visitors will come together to explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and the enduring quest for visibility in the city.
The Festival will kick off with a series of talks, panels, discussions, and short films at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. Speakers will include some of the world’s most forward-thinking visionaries, who will discuss key civic issues and formulate action for the city of tomorrow. Panelists will address the following pressing questions, among many others:
• The designers shaping the cities of the future must engage with an increasingly challenging set of hypothetical conditions—scenarios that often remain invisible to their inhabitants. How do urbanists, architects, and activists create habitats that anticipate drastic future change such as overcrowding and climate change?
• A vast proportion of our lives exists as an invisible online record of our identities, interests, and affiliations. What role do data and privacy play in the perpetuation of democracy in the twenty-first century?
• We are increasingly dependent on global-network infrastructures that are as invisible as they are vast. How can networks and processes be made more transparent, accessible, and empowering? How can they guarantee accountability? Can art be the connective membrane in this process?
• Within the city, an increasing number of people—such as the homeless, the elderly, and undocumented immigrants—are disappearing from sight. Is there a cartography to identify those who have wandered or been driven from the center?
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