Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York A Colloquium in Three Acts

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York
A Colloquium in Three Acts
Presented in collaboration with IN RESIDENCE, the Visual Art program of Season of Cambodia.
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 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.

Welcome:
David Lewis, Interim Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design
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, Executive Director, Mekong NYC Community Organization, and Co-Chair, Season of Cambodia Community Council
Sarah Eisinger, Co-Chair, Season of Cambodia Community Council

1:00 PM The Production of Space in the Living Arts City
Screening: Rescue Archeology: Documents Of Performance Art From Phnom Penh
Presented by Leeza Ahmady, Season of Cambodia IN RESIDENCE Visual Art Program Director, and Season of Cambodia Visual Art Program Co-Curator, and Erin Gleeson, Season of Cambodia Visual Art Program Co-Curator

Presentation: Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities
Shelby Doyle, faculty member, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design and 2011-2012 Fulbright research fellow based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Moderator, Radhika Subramaniam, Director, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design

Rescue Archeology: Documents of Performance Art from Phnom Penh is a selection of videos of performance art by seven Cambodian contemporary artists, including: Khvay Samnang, Leang Seckon, Lim Sokchanlina, Amy Lee Sanford, Svay Sareth, Than, Sok, Tith Kanitha, and Anida Yoeu Ali. These works demonstrate that while extensive resources are invested in Cambodia to rescue the ancient cities associated with Angkor Wat, it is contemporary artists who seek to rescue the physical, psychological and personal memories of their present capital city, Phenom Penh. Our City Festival: Cultivating Communities takes a look at the role that festivals play in creating a dialogue about the arts and art production, with a specific focus on Our City Festival, an organization that since 2008 has hosted over 80 projects in 60 sites in Phnom Penh, involving over 500 artists, cultural activists, youth ambassadors, and community members.

3:00 PM Living Arts District Workshop: Arts Production and Community Development
Speakers: Stiev Selepak: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, and Vuth Lyno

Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno, co-founders of art collective Stiev Selepak, 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-story 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 community residents, 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. Such New York projects as East 4th Street Arts Block and Long Island City Civic Action provide 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 Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Neil Greenberg, Chair of Arts Program, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Anthropology and Director of Lang in Cambodia, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Jonathan Bach, Director of Global Studies, The New School for Public Engagement
Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School
Radhika Subramaniam, Director, Shelia C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons
Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Culture, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons
Adam Brent, Director, BFA Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Alison Mears, Dean, School of Design Strategies Parsons
Alfred Zollinger, Director, Parsons Design Workshop, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons
Alan Wexler, Part-Time Faculty, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons
Simone Douglas, Director, MFA Fine Arts, School of Art, Media, Technology, Parsons
Anthony Aziz, Director, BFA Fine Arts, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons
Long Island City Civic Action team: David Leven, Andrew Bernheimer, Astrid Lipka and Claire Weisz, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons
Brian McGrath, Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School for Design
Victoria Marshall, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Alan Bruton, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons
Shelby Doyle, Part-Time Faculty, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Sereypagna Pen, Asia Cultural Council Fellow, Visiting Scholar, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

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

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