IDEAS CITY announces 41 fellows and public programing

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(Courtesy Ideas City)

(Courtesy Ideas City)

IDEAS CITY has announced the names of 41 International Fellows to participate in an Intensive Studio Laboratory Program during the April 25-30 event in Detroit.

Selected from over 800 applicants, the Fellows will work in the Herman Kiefer Complex—a former hospital complex in Virginia Park. The five-day charrette will culminate in a day long public program of presentations and talks. The Fellows are made up of emerging practitioners who are working at the intersection of community activism, art, design, and technology.

Director of IDEAS CITY Joseph Grima stated in a press release, “IDEAS CITY Detroit will gather forty-one extraordinary individuals to tackle specific challenges facing the city. We’re incredibly excited to have the opportunity to learn from Detroit, to deploy a collective intelligence model based on arts and culture, and to further exchange with the community. The city is in the process of reinventing itself and, once again, is on the verge of transforming our understanding of the modern metropolis. Detroit is a laboratory for a new paradigm of urbanity.”

The Fellows named are Joe Ahearn, Taylor Renee Aldridge, Ava Ansari, Hallie Applebaum, Leonardo Aranda, Nick Axel, Merve Bedir, Francesca Berardi, Beverly Chou, Carolyn Concepcion, Gabriela Córdoba, Afaina de Jong, Pınar Demirdağ, Fataah Dihaan, Shaida Ghomashchi, Jon Gray, Kunal Gupta, Tommy Haddock, Jason Hilgefort, Ekene Ijeoma, Tamara Jafar, Stacy’e Jones, Toms Kokins, Cindy Lin, Monty Luke, Daanish Masood, Tiff Massey, Jose R. Mejia, Cara Michell, Marsha Music, Ryan Myers-Johnson, Claire Nowak-Boyd, Evelina Ozola, Paolo Patelli, Margarita Pournara, Jay Rayford, Unai Reglero, Alethea Rockwell, Ruhi Shamim,  Giuditta Vendrame, and Nikolas Ventourakis.

The April 30 public event will include the Fellows as well as talks by New York Magazine writer Rembert Browne, Chicago artist Theaster Gates, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs  Commissioner Michelle T. Boone, architect Walter Hood, and artist/architect Amanda Williams, and more. The event will be held at the Jam Handy, a former film studio for car commercials located at 2900 East Grand Boulevard.

IDEAS CITY is an international initiative to promote arts and culture as vital parts of healthy future cities. It was co-founded by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director, the New Museum, and is directed by Joseph Grima.

2016–17 Schedule

IDEAS CITY Detroit: April 25–30, 2016

IDEAS CITY Athens: September 19–25, 2016, in partnership with NEON Foundation

IDEAS CITY Arles: May 22–27, 2017, presented by the New Museum, LUMA Arles, and LUMA

IDEAS CITY New York: Fall 2017

IDEAS CITY Detroit Public Conference

Saturday April 30, 2016

The Jam Handy

2900 East Grand Boulevard

Detroit, MI 48202

11:15–11:30 AM:

Welcome Address by IDEAS CITY, Maurice Cox, and Rembert Browne

11:30 AM–1 PM: Session 1

Opening Keynote by Theaster Gates

Talk by Amanda Williams

Panel Discussion with Michelle T. Boone, Theaster Gates, Jenny Lee, and Amanda Williams

Presentations by Studio Laboratory Fellows

1:30–3 PM: Session 2

Opening Keynote by dream hampton

Panel Discussion with Rembert Browne, Halima Cassells, dream hampton, and Sonya S. Mays

Presentations by Studio Laboratory Fellows

3:30–7 PM: Session 3

Opening Keynote by Walter Hood

Talk by Bryan Boyer

Panel Discussion with Kunlé Adeyemi, Bryan Boyer, Ellie Abrons/T+E+A+M, and Walter Hood

Presentations by Studio Laboratory Fellows

Screening by Liam Young

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