IdeasCity Radio NYC – Clocktower

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 by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director, the New Museum.


Ideas City New York, free and open to the public, took place September 16, 2017, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, one block from the New Museum.

Highlights of IdeasCity New York included David Byrne’s “Reasons to be Cheerful,” a conversation with Kemi Ilesanmi on community building, a livestream from SpacebusterTrevor Paglen’s research on surveillance, Rasmus Nielsen of Superflex, and Mel Chin’s presentation of his most recent work. Additional speakers included Alexandra Bell, Tatiana BilbaoMajora CarterCezanne CharlesNadina ChristopoulouTeddy Cruz and Fonna FormanEva Franch I GilabertJulien FrydmanJustin Garrett MooreRosanne Haggertydream hamptonLeslie KochEric LiuMil M2MTL+Paul Ramírez JonasJonathan Rose, and Henriette Waal, as well as a panel of mayors including Ras Baraka of Newark, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, andMaurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA, moderated by Majora Carter.

In conjunction with programming on the Forum Stage, a series of workshops, debates, and panel discussions were held on-site, including a workshop by Decolonize This Place; a panel discussion on cooperative real estate with NYC REIC, Dahkil Hausif of Ecovillagers Cooperative, and Nat Roe of Flux Factory, organized by Fei Liu; Black Gotham walking tours led by Kamau Ware; a collective publication compiled by Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos; Streetmix by Lou Hang presented by NEW INC; a conversation on the future of food organized by Ghetto Gastro, with Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese, Tanya Fields of the BLK ProjeK, Chef JJ Johnson of Ingrained Hospitality, and LinYee Yuan of MOLD Magazine, moderated by Jeff Gordinier; a talk on art as defiance with Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels of We Buy Gold, Hawa Jaan of Browntourage, Ja’Tovia Gary of New Negress Film Society, and Tsige Tafesse of BUFU, organized by Sasha Bonet, Danielle Roasles, and Adeola Naomi Aderemi of Distiguished Diva; a workshop on how to run for mayor by Ingrid LaFleur; a dialogue between Joe Ahearn ofClocktower Radio, Ryan Watson and Carrie Salter of North Brooklyn Farms, Francois Vaxelaire of the Lot Radio; a conversation on Chinatown between Robert Lee and Mei Lum, and a performance by Paolo Patelli and Giuditta Vendrame. Benedict Clouette, Justin Garrett Moore, Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, Marcelo López-Dinardi, Alejandra Navarrete, Gabby Printz, Violet Whitney, Lindsey Wikstrom, Bika Rebek, and Dong-Ping Wong participated in Columbia University’s GSAPP debates.