PVDFest Kicks Off With Cyborg Cities Conference
One-day ideas conference features discussions about technology, rising sea levels, and cybersecurity
For the second year in a row, PVDFest will begin with a daylong ideas conference at Providence Public Library. The theme of PVDFest Ideas 2018 is Cyborg Cities: Humans, Technology, and Urban Spaces, a frame that brings together artists, scholars, designers and practitioners to consider what might be gained, and lost, as cities integrate new technologies to become smarter. The keynote address will be delivered by author and architecture critic Dr. Sarah Williams Goldhagen, author of Welcome To Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives.
PVDFest Ideas runs from 8:30AM-5:00PM on Thursday, June 7 at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street). PVDFest Ideas is powered by Cox Business and presented by the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and gold sponsor KITE Architects. This event is made possible through collaboration with program partners the Providence Public Library and DESIGNxRI with support from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
Boosters of the smart cities movement promise that their visions for standardized, rational, and finely tuned urban spaces will help people adapt to today’s greatest challenges. They often fail to consider the ways that new networked technologies are highly susceptible to misuse and manipulation.
The keynote address, Human-Centered Smart Cities, features Dr. Sarah Williams Goldhagen in conversation with Christine West, AIA, principal at KITE Architects. The keynote will be followed by two panel discussions.
The Rising Tides and Responsive Technologies panel is moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Francis from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and includes Kevin Essington (Trust for Public Land), Julia Gold (Rhode Island Department of Transportation), Manuel Cordero (Rhode Island Department of Education/DownCity Design/Rhode Island School of Design), and artist Kate Schapira.
Big Data and Artist Activism will be moderated by AS220 Artistic Director Shey Rivera and features Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT) Dr. Alexandrina Agloro(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and artist K. Funmilayo Aileru.
Information on individual panelists can be found here.
Only 75 tickets are available. Tickets are now available here for $15.