Living Arts City Colloquium – Art and Urbanism in Phnom Phen and New York

As part of the Season of Cambodia and Parsons the New School for Design Living Arts City initiative I have the opportunity to present some of the work from the Our City Festival. See below:



As part of Season of Cambodia, a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York City, the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design presents a two-day colloquiumexploring the interconnectedness of creativity, urban ecology and community. The event provides a window into an ongoing exchange between designers, curators, architects, planners, and social researchers from Phnom Penh and New York.


April 6

6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Keynote Lecture and Panel Discussion
Free registration here
Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Introduction to Cambodian Living Arts:
Arn Chorn-Pond, Founder, Cambodian Living Arts
John Burt, Founding Board Chair Emeritus, Cambodian Living Arts, and Chairman, Season of CambodiaIntroduction to Season of Cambodia:
Phloeun Prim, CEO, Season of Cambodia, Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts
Elena ParkSeason of Cambodia, Senior Festival Advisor

Keynote Address:
Refuge, Diaspora and Return: Cosmopolitan Phnom Penh
William Greaves, Director of Vann Molyvann Project

Panel Discussion:
Arts and Urban Development in New York and Phnom Penh

William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons The New School for Design
Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School for Design
Fred Frumberg, Cambodia Line Producer, Executive Director, Amrita Performing Arts
Erin GleesonSeason of Cambodia Visual Art Program Co-Curator, and Artistic Director, SaSa Bassac

Full event info here: 

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center – Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York

April 7

10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Full-day Colloquium in Three Acts
Free registration hereScholars, 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 how creativity fuels cities and how development and commodification dampens art production. This will include conversations on the role of public art, festivals, cultural district formation, and the distribution of arts and of artists in cities and towns; and will address such issues such as design, media, ecology, and youth development.

10:00 AM – Act 1:
Geo-body of the Living Arts City 

Icebreaking Workshop
Moderated by WIlliam Morrish and Irene Leung

1:00 PM – Act  2:
The Production of Space in the Living Arts City
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Radhika Subramaniam
Rescue Archeology: Documents of Performance Art from Phnom Penh

Film screening Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson
Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities
Presentation Shelby Doyle3:00 PM – Act 3:
Re-envisioning the City through Art and Urban Community

Living Arts District Workshop

Speakers: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, andVuth Lyno
Moderated by Brian McGrathFull event info here: 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall – The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York

Photo credit: Sareth Svay, Mon Boulet, 2011, Performance, Courtesy the artist

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