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Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York (April 7 FULL DAY COLLOQUIUM)

Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York

Full-day Colloquium in Three Acts:
·       Icebreaking workshop:
Geo-body of the Living Arts City
·       Film screening and panel discussion: The Production of Space in the Living Arts City
·       Living arts district workshop: Arts Production and Community Development
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arhnold Hall, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, New York

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Scholars, researchers, students, arts organizers, artists, policymakers, urbanists and designers from both New York and Cambodia will participate in a series of workshops and dialogues focused on such topics as how creativity fuels cities and how development and commodification dampens art production; including conversations on the role of public art, festivals, cultural district formation, distribution of arts and of artists in cities and towns and issues such as design, media, ecology, and youth development.

Welcome
David Lewis, Interim Dean, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School for Design

10:00 AM Workshop: Geo-body of the Living Arts City

This three-act colloquium begins with Cambodian Visual Artists and Living Arts Fellows presenting themselves, their work and their ideas about art practice and organizations to colleagues in New York.

Cambodian Living Arts Fellows
Song Seng, Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Khun Chanreaksmey, Phare Ponleu Selepak, Battambang, Cambodia
Chea Sopheap, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hannah Stevens, Fellows Program Manager

Cambodian Visual Artists:
Khvyay Samnang, Leang Seckon, Lim Sokchanlina, Pete Pin, Amy Lee Sanford, Svay Sareth, Than Sok, Tith Kanitha, Vandy Rattana, Vuth Lyno, Anida Yeou Ali .

Asian Cultural Council Fellows
Kong Vollak, Sereypagna Pen

Cambodian community in New York
Pete Pin, Brooklyn based photographer
Chhaya Chhoum, Mekong NYC Community Organization, The Bronx, Co-Chair, Season of Cambodia Community Council
Sarah Eisinger, Co-Chair, Season of Cambodia Community Council

1:00 PM Panel Discussion: The Production of Space in the Living Arts City

Moderated by Radhika Subramaniam, Director Sheila Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design
Screening of Rescue Archeology: Documents Of Performance Art From Phnom Penh
Presented by Leeza Ahmady, Season of Cambodia IN RESIDENCE Visual Art Program Director, and Co-Curator and Erin Gleeson, Visual Art Program Co-Curator
Artists depicted in film: Khvay Samnang, Leang Seckon, Lim Sokchanlina, Amy Lee Sanford, Svay Sareth, Than, Sok, Tith Kanitha, Anida Yoeu Ali and others
Presentation by Shelby Doyle Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities

This panel presents two perspectives on “space production” in response to urban change in Cambodia. Rescue Archeology: Documents of Performance Art from Phnom Penh features a selection of videos of performance art works by seven Cambodian contemporary artists. While extensive resources are invested to rescue the ancient cities associated with Angkor, it is today’s artists who seek to rescue the physical psychological and personal memories of their present capitol city as it changes. Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities looks at the process of developing a flexible and collaborative platform that creates a dialogical space through visual arts, architecture, and performances. Since 2008, Our City Festival hosted over 80 projects in 60 sites in 2 cities, involving over 500 artists, cultural activists, youth ambassadors, and community members.

3:00 PM Workshop: Re-envisioning the city through art and urban community

Speakers:
Stiev Selapak: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, and Vuth Lyno

Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno, co-founders of art collective Stiev Selapak, will present Phnom Penh’s historic White Building and the community-based experimental initiative Sa Sa Art Projects.  Built in the 1960s, the White Building (originally known as Bassac Municipal Apartments) was one of the city’s first examples of low-cost multi-storey housing, and was specifically intended to house artists, cultural workers and municipal staff.  Today, the White Building is one of the city’s most vibrant communities, hosting more than 2,500 residents, including classical dancers, master musicians, skilled craftspeople, cultural workers, civil servants, and street vendors.  Located in the White Building and initiated by Stiev Selapak, Sa Sa Art Projects is an experimental space and residency program, creating opportunities for realizing new ideas.  Sa Sa Art Projects also hosts occasional exhibitions designed by and for residents in the community, and offers regular classes in contemporary art to the residents and nearby students.

The presentation is followed by a workshop facilitated by the faculty and students from The New School, with a goal of projecting the vibrancy of the living arts community in the White Building into a plan for a Living Arts Hub for Phnom Penh. East 4th Street Arts Block and Long Island City Civic Action, as well as other spaces in New York provides a model for the discussion.  

Invited New School Participants:
William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons The New School for Design
Irene Leung, Part-time Faculty, The New School
Stephanie Bower, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Studies
Neil Greenberg, Chair of Arts Program, Eugene Lang College
Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Anthropology, Co-chair of Education Studies, Director of Lang in Cambodia
Jonathan Bach, Director of Global Studies, The New School for Public Engagement
Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Radhika Subramaniam, Director Shelia Johnson Design Center
Lydia Matthews, Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology
Adam Brent, Parsons School of Design Strategies
Alison Mears, Dean of School of Design Strategies
Alfred Zollinger, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Alan Wexler, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Simone Douglas, Director, Parsons MFA in Fine Arts
Anthony Aziz, Director, Parsons BFA in Fine Arts
Long Island City Civic Action team: David Leven, Andrew Bernheimer, Astrid Lipka and Claire Weisz, Parsons School of Constructed Environments faculty
Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School for Design
Victoria Marshall, Parsons School of Design Strategies
Adam Brent, Parsons School of Design Strategies
Alan Bruton, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
Shelby Doyle, Parsons School of Design Strategies
Sereypagna Pen, Asia Cultural Council Fellow, Visiting Scholar, Parsons School of Constructed Environments

Parsons Graduate Student Facilitators:
Janet Lobberecht, Rashid Owoyele, Bridget Sheerin, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Andres Gonzalez-Bode, M. Arch/MFA Lighting Design, Jenny Werbell, MFA Interior and Lighting Design Joshua Brandt and Jonathan LaPalme, MS Design and Urban Ecologies

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Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arhnold Hall, The New School,
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)


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