IdeasCity, September 16, 2017 (New York)
Ideas City New York took place at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A collaborative of the New Museum, it was an event that highlighted various social movements being undertaken by various agents through art and culture.
The programmed showcased social initiatives by a host of artists and activists from across the US. The event attracted many students, artists and activists interested in mobilizing social initiatives through conventional and unconventional methodologies. The event attracted several international visitors as well.
Amongst a catalog of workshops, debates and presentations that took place throughout the day, I was particularly interested in the presentation by the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative presented by founders, artists and architects Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman of the UCSD Center on Global Justice – an Organized Research Unit at the University of California, San Diego devoted to community-engaged interdisciplinary research on poverty.
Established in 2012, the USCD Cross-Border initiative aimed to promote interdisciplinary poverty research and practice in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The presenters emphasized their organisation’s commitment to debunking narratives that frame borders as sites of crimes and victimization that overlook agency of people living under present conditions of scarcity. They highlighted the importance of translating and facilitating a bottom up creativity and knowledge through experimental forms of civic participation, education and research.