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Conference: Curating Cities

Curating Cities conference 2011
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Professor Jill Bennett, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and conference participants

Conference: Curating Cities

Event dates

Tuesday, 22 November, 2011

Event times

9am - 6.30pm

A conference organized by the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW in association with the City of Sydney, the Danish Arts Agency and the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association in conjunction with the exhibition Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen, Customs House, 17 November – 18 December.

What is the role of public art in urban ecology–and how do the tactical interventions and guerilla actions of artists extend, augment or counter the master-plans of visionary architects and urban designers?

What are the demands on the cultural sector in the face of climate change and the need to develop sustainable cities? How can we rethink resources and public space in terms of a “commons” accessible to all.

These are some of the questions examined in the conference Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen, accompanying the exhibition of the same name.  Artists, designers, curators, educators and creative thinkers will address the fundamentals of urban sustainability–energy, food and resource consumption–and propose strategies for change.


9:00-9:30 am
Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Sydney
Lord Mayor Frank Jensen, Copenhagen

9:30-9.50 am
Curating Cities: public art and urban ecology
Professor Jill Bennett (NIEA)

9:50-11.00 am
Sustainable Cities: big visions and master-plans vs. tactical interventions
Professor Jan Gehl and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
Chair: Dr Blair French (Artspace Sydney)
Discussants: Jennifer Turpin (Turpin Crawford Studio), Professor David Cross (Massey University)

11:00-11:30 am
Morning Tea Break

11:30-12:30 pm
The Commons
Professor Adrian Parr (University of Cincinnati)
Author: Hijacking Sustainability, MIT Press

12:30-1.30 pm
Lunch Break (food not provided)

1:30-2:00 pm
Cultivating Urban Ecologies: new art and design strategies for engagement of schools and communities
Dr Kerry Thomas (NIEA) and Melinda Hodges (IGS), Karen Profilio (North Sydney Girls’ HS), Nicole de Losa (Hornsby Girls' HS), Megan Booth (Hornsby Girls' HS) and Amy Yongsiri (Burwood Girls' HS)

2:00-2:50 pm
Urban experiments and school/community Engagement 
Slow Art Collective (Melbourne) and Rosan Bosch (Copenhagen)
Chair: Margaret Farmer (NIEA)

2:50-3:50 pm
Artists activating urban solutions for agriculture and biodiversity
Panel discussion: Professor Natalie Jeremijenko (NYU) and Jodi Newcombe, (Carbon Arts) with Professor Elspeth Probyn (University of Sydney)

3:50-4:15 pm
Afternoon Tea Break

4:15-4:45 pm
Co2penhagen: the world’s first Co2 neutral festival
Katrine Vejby (Co2penhagen Festival)
Chair: Carli Leimbach (Carbon Arts)
Discussant: Marcus Westbury (festival director)

4:45-5:15 pm
Atmosphere: carbon monitoring via networked public art
Tobias Ebsen (Center for Digital Urban Living, Aarhus University)
Chair/discussant: Professor Ross Harley (NIEA)

5:15-6:30 pm
Cross(x) Species Adventure Club with edible cocktails and recipes
On the balcony with artist Natalie Jeremijenko, presented by Carbon Arts


Customs House, Barnet Long Room




Speakers include: 
Jan Gehl, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Adrian Parr, Natalie Jeremijenko, Jill Bennett, Jodi Newcombe, Rosan Bosch, Slow Art Collective, Katrine Vejby, Tobias Ebsen, Kerry Thomas.