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“Athens is facing unprecedented challenges in the recent history of Western civilization, yet the city also represents a destination, a centre of hope and survival, and a place where one can conceive new realities.”

Forty International Fellows, Selected from over 1,400 Applicants, Will Participate in a Five-Day Residency Program in Athens Leading up to the IdeasCity Athens’s Public Conference (September 24, 2016) which will feature acclaimed speakers from the fields of art, architecture, policymaking, and urbanism including John Akomfrah, Sophia Al-Maria, Tania Bruguera, dream hampton, George Prevelakis, Thomas Doxiadis, Nadine Christopoulou, Nick Srnicek, and Hito Steyerl, among others. IdeasCity Fellows will live and work in the Athens Conservatory and will transform the space into a multifunctional hub of cultural activity. The conference will be free and open to the public.

IdeasCity is a collaborative, civic, and creative platform of the New Museum in new York 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. Past IdeasCity programs have taken place in New York (2011, 2013, and 2015), Istanbul (2012), São Paulo (2013), and Detroit (2016).

Building upon discussions and collaborations initiated at the program’s Detroit conference, IdeasCity will observe Athens from the perspective of two key forces that are defining cities today: the flow of humanity and the flow of capital. IdeasCity Athens will be held in partnership with NEON, a nonprofit contemporary art organization based in Athens, Greece. 

Read more: Conference Agenda; Listen: IdeasCity Radio

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