2015 Live Ideas: Where Are We Going?
New York Live Arts
Opening discussion for Live Ideas festival, S K Y – Force and Wisdom in America Today, April 15 – 19, 2015.
Curator Laurie Anderson and Live Arts’ Artistic Director Bill T. Jones discuss Live Ideas 2015’s overarching theme: force and change in America today. The sky, “a multidimensional symbol of aspiration, vastness, change, threat and now information storage” (Jones) is a jumping-off point for this opening conversation. It will question the direction and ethics of a country that has “traditionally valued freedom, social justice and a special kind of exuberant confidence” but that is currently faced with “a society that is deeply divided, unjust and often toxic” (Anderson).
The 2015 Live Ideas festival combines the arts and social issues in synergistic ways, activating the New York City community to creatively question the direction of modern culture. Presenting no fewer than 25 events via an array of music, dance, newly commissioned poetry, film, discussion and a late-night lounge, S K Y – Force and Wisdom in America Today features such artists as Laurie Anderson, Deborah Hay, Hal Willner, Vito Acconci, Pauline Oliveros and IONE, Reverend Billy, John Zorn, Anne Carson and Master Ren as well as the work of renowned artists including Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, John Cage and Arvo Pärt.