IdeasCity Arles

LUMA Foundation’s Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France
22 May 2017 - 27 May 2017

IdeasCity Arles. Photo: Victor Picon

IdeasCity Arles. Photo: Victor Picon

IdeasCity—the New Museum’s platform to explore the future of cities—will work 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 will address 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, 21st 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.

Led by IdeasCity Director, Joseph Grima, IdeasCity Arles will take place from May 22 to 27, 2017, and will feature an intensive five-day residency program with 42 Fellows and international speakers including Kunlé Adeyemi, Amale Andraos, Michel Bauwens, Raphaële Bidault-Waddington, Bouchra Khalili, Ben Vickers,and Amanda Williams, among others. The public conference, which will be free and open to the public, will feature a keynote lecture by Rem Koolhaas and will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers in Arles.

Teju Adisa-Farrar, Bruno de Almeida, Salome Asega, David Ayala-Alfonso, Christina Badal, Olivier Bedu, Amina Belghiti, Hicham Bouzid, Hamed Bukhamseen, Eduardo Cassina, Olivia Erlanger, Thibault Franc, Gabriele Garavaglia, Luis Javier Ortega Govela, Ciel Grommen, Felipe Guerra, Amira Hanafi, Rory Hyde, Rasu Jilani, Anisha Jogani, Sara Kamalvand, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Jessica Kwok, Julie Lafforgue, Natasha Marie Llorens, Marcelo López-Dinardi, Federico Martelli​, Tiff Massey, William Massey, Juliana Sánchez, María Elena Ortiz, Jonathan Ouanounou, Djnina Ouharzoune, Abdel Oustad, Clément Périssé, Alejandra Sarria, Malkit Shoshan, Jeremy Alain Siegel, Amira Solh, Wesley Taylor, Marc Troulier, Natsuko Uchino.

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).

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.


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