The BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA will host TEDxChelsea on Friday, June 1 at 335 West 16 Street. The conference is organized by Phil Buehler (MFA 2003 Photography, Video and Related Media), an artist and branding strategist; Suzanne Anker, an artist, theorist and chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department; and Reven T.C. Wurman, a photographer and producer of the original TED conference.
TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, began as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago. It has since grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives including the annual TED Conference, TED.com, TEDTalks, TEDEd and the Open Translation Project. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events (where x = independently organized TED event) is designed to bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
“Although TED is one of the most inspiring online video programs, it has very few episodes about visual art,” said Anker. “Since, we are an art school in Chelsea, it seems pertinent to ask the question: is the true value of a work of art what someone is willing to pay for it?”
TEDxChelsea is the first independently produced TEDx event focusing on the art world, its unique economic structure, and its effects on society and sources of creativity. The conference will examine the complexities of cultural production with a specific focus on New York. Artists and thinkers will give 15-minute presentations about the art world in discussions ranging from business and science to culture and politics.
“For me, TED has always been about sharing knowledge, experiences, and learning,” said Wurman. “TEDxChelsea is a way for us all to explore an important part of our society—how we see and how we express ourselves. We all experience art, but what do we have to learn about those who create, distribute, and teach us about it? I am looking forward to the answer.”
For more info about TEDxChelsea and the full list of speakers, visit its website.