The New Museum’s Biennial ‘Ideas City Festival’ Begins Tomorrow

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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The New Museum is once again bringing the biennial IDEAS CITY Festival back to the Bowery. This time the theme is “The Invisible City,” in which the festival will explore hot topics such as surveillance, citizenship, expression and suppression, and the basic, never-ending desire to be seen in the city. It’s a way of paying tribute to Italo Calvino’s 1972 postmodern literary work Invisible Cities, popular among artists and architects who seek to expand on the power of imagination related to cities and the potential they offer.

“The intangible, seething energy that the legendary Bowery neighborhood is steeped in will once again become visible as we peel back the surface of the streets to take a closer look at the lives that surround us every day, in our own neighborhood and beyond, to expose, examine, and question the numerous cultural, social, political, and technological transformations we are undergoing as a society,” said Joseph Grima, Director of IDEAS CITY.

This collaborative undertaking will span three days, and in addition to the plethora of engaging workshops and talks, the festival will also highlight creative panels with science fiction writers and architects, a hundred foot table for discussions stretching the length of Rivington Street, a hot air balloon act, hands-on bacteria printing workshops, and a drone painting performance, which we assume isn’t put on by KATSU.

So basically, something for everyone.

The festival runs May 28-30, with an assortment of both free and ticketed events. Full schedule can be found here.

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