Living Arts City: Art and Urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York

When 6 Apr 2013 - 7 Apr 2013
Where Parsons The New School for Design
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
United States

April 6 – 7, 2013

As part of Season of Cambodia, a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place this spring in New York City, The New School will present a two-day colloquium on April 6 and 7 that will bring together artists, performers, curators, arts managers, scholars and students in a series of facilitated workshops and discussions on how to make the arts central to a sustainable future in Cambodia, in the face of rapid growth and urban development. In addition, the university will present two exhibitions that address these issues.

Season of Cambodia brings more than 125 artists to New York City for a major celebration of Cambodian arts, culture, and humanities. The festival celebrates Cambodia’s artistic renaissance just one generation after the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979), a dark period in Cambodia’s history when nearly 90 percent of the nation’s artists and intellectuals were tragically eliminated in an effort to devastate a flourishing artistic community. Season of Cambodia serves as an international platform that not only highlights the extraordinary resilience of the Cambodian nation and its artists, but also helps pave the way for other post-conflict nations seeking renewal through artistic expression.

The festival’s lead partner and sponsor, Cambodian Living Arts, and The New School share a vision of art and design as transformative social agents for a sustainable urban future. In connection with the Season of Cambodia festival, The New School has aligned its activities this year to explore the current vibrancy of the arts in Cambodia, but also its vulnerability in the face of rapid urban development. These activities build upon a history of exchange among faculty and students across the university with colleagues in Cambodia. Parsons faculty members have collaborated with Cambodian Living Arts for over three years of reciprocal visits between Phnom Penh and New York, while Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts conducts an ongoing summer program in Siem Reap.

For the full schedule of events please click here.