The 2017 IdeasCity New York, took place Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Chrystie Street, one block away from the New Museum.This free and public event, themed around “100 Actions for the Future City,” was a daylong investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organizations, performances, workshops, and a panel of mayors including Ras Baraka of Newark, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA.
IdeasCity New York encompassed three separate arenas for presentations, discussions, and exchanges, composed of modular structures designed by Thomas Lommée and Christiane Hoegner/OpenStructures. The main arena was the Forum Stage, where a distinguished roster of participating artists, architects, activists, and community builders presented an array of innovative ideas. Highlights of the 100 Actions for the Future City included a presentation by Tania Bruguera on migration as civic intervention, David Byrne’s “Reasons to be Cheerful,” a conversation between Rick Lowe and Kemi Ilesanmi on community building, Trevor Paglen’s research on surveillance, a screening by Superflex, and Mel Chin’s presentation of his most recent work.
In conjunction with programming on the Forum Stage, a series of workshops and panel discussions were held on-site, including a conversation on food and social justice with Ghetto Gastro; workshops on urban activism led by MTL+; Black Gotham walking tours led by Kamau Ware; workshops by the Drawing Center; Crossroads Conversations by Van Alen Institute; Columbia University’s GSAPP debates; a presentation by North Brooklyn Farms and Clocktower Radio; and projects by The Rockefeller Foundation Fellows at IdeasCity. Additionally, an array of food trucks helmed by Hester Street Collaborative and Ghetto Gastro were stationed along Rivington Street, one block from the festival.