IDEAS CITY Q&A Tumblr Series
What is your organization and organized event?
When and where can we see your project at IDEAS CITY?
We’ll be at 279 Bowery, just south of Houston, from 12 PM - 6 PM on Saturday May 30. Look for the big studio on wheels!
Why did you want to be a part of IDEAS CITY?
IDEAS CITY seemed like a perfect match for us - a place where people interested in bold solutions for the challenges facing our cities could learn about the work we’re doing: supporting artists, social-service organizations and micro-business entrepreneurs with a new kind of working space, helping them thrive in a real-estate environment where they’d otherwise struggle for a foothold.
How does your project address the theme of The Invisible City?
So much of the conversation around real estate - especially in a city like NYC - is hidden. Clearly, a city is made up of real estate - but how that real estate serves (or doesn’t serve) the people who live there, how that equation could be re-imagined, how we could use space differently to build a more vibrant, fairer city - all this tends to get eclipsed by the dollars and cents. We’re taking a vital piece of that hidden conversation - how do we serve and preserve the creative, social and small-entrepreneurial activity that makes NYC great - and making it concrete, visible, and physical - parked on the street outside the New Museum!
Where can we find your work outside of IDEAS CITY?
real world, our prototype studio will be traveling to Flushing Meadows Corona
Park for a summer-long artist-in-residency program hosted by the Queens Museum. Come
check it out, from June 15th onward! And in September, we’ll be
moving the studio to our mobile studios partner, The Village of Arts
& Humanities in Philadelphia, as part of their amazing SPACES
socially-engaged art residency program.
What change would you like to see happen in New York City?
We’d like to see a change in the way New York imagines its relationship to space. Instead of being the prize in a survival-of-the-fittest (or richest) battle, we’d like New Yorkers to see the city’s spaces - particularly the unused and under-used ones- as a realm of possibility, as a place where the sorts of activity the city needs to stay livable - arts, culture, social services, risk-taking micro-entrepreneurship - can thrive, without having to defeat all comers in the real-estate wars. We see our mobile studios - and the infrastructure that would integrate them into our streetscapes - as a big step toward that change.