The New Museum is pleased to announce the program and featured participants of IdeasCity Arles, held in partnership with LUMA Arles and the LUMA Foundation, extending a collaboration that began at IdeasCity Detroit and continued at IdeasCity Athens.
Led by IdeasCity Director, Joseph Grima, IdeasCity Arles will took place from May 22 to 27, 2017, and featured an intensive five-day residency program with forty-two Fellows, culminating in a public conference featuring Kunlé Adeyemi, Amale Andraos, Michel Bauwens, Raphaële Bidault-Waddington, Bouchra Khalili, Rem Koolhaas, Ben Vickers, and Amanda Williams, among others. The public conference, which will be free and open to the public, featured a keynote lecture by Rem Koolhaas and will took place on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers in Arles.
IdeasCity—the New Museum’s platform to explore the future of cities—worked in partnership with local community organizations in Arles to tackle key issues specific to the region. Building upon discussions initiated in Detroit and Athens, IdeasCity Arles addressed the future city, looking at key forces that shape Arles and the Camargue region today. Working alongside local stakeholders in Arles to investigate the countryside as a place where urban change is accelerating, IdeasCity will develop “scenarios for a City in a Bioregion” through the following themes: City of Culture & Agriculture, Twenty-First-Century Factory Town, City as Campus, UNESCO City 3.0, and Global Village. In the coming years, these themes will be followed up by Atelier LUMA and LUMA Days, a three day-long scenario planning workshop led by LUMA Arles focused on the future of Arles and the Camargue region.
IdeasCity is a collaborative, civic, and creative platform that starts from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality of cities. This international initiative provides a forum for designers, artists, technologists, and policymakers to exchange ideas, identify challenges, propose solutions, and engage the public’s participation. The initiative was cofounded at the New Museum by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director. Past IdeasCity programs have taken place in New York (2011, 2013, and 2015), Istanbul (2012), São Paulo (2013), Detroit (2016), and Athens (2016).
About LUMA Foundation
In 2004, Maja Hoffmann created the LUMA Foundation to support the activities of artists, independent trailblazers, and organizations working in the visual arts, photography, publishing, documentary filmmaking, and multimedia. Originally based in Switzerland and envisioned as a production tool for Hoffmann’s multi- faceted ventures, the LUMA Foundation produces, supports, and enables challenging art projects committed to an expansive understanding of environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture. In 2013, Hoffmann launched LUMA Arles to plan, develop, and manage the Parc des Ateliers, an expansive former industrial site located in Arles, France. Situated adjacent to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Parc des Ateliers serves as the major programmatic and cultural center for LUMA Foundation’s diverse activities. The site is composed of renovated industrial heritage buildings and a new construction by Frank Gehry, and operates as a creative and cross-disciplinary platform for production.