Where are You Growing?
of Urban Agriculture
Over three weekends, Farm City celebrates Urban Agriculture and explores the possibilities of a new agrarian future within the current urban reality. Components include:
- Farm City Fair 9/12/10
- Farm City Film 9/12 +14/10
- Farm City Tour 9/18 + 19/10
- Farm City Forum 9/25/10
These events spotlight the work of artists, farmers, activists, planners, architects, chefs, and foodies, all devoting themselves to feeding the city both culturally and agriculturally. Farm City is co-curated with Lili Chopra, FIAF, and Simon Dove, University of Arizona.
Crossing the Line is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new artistic practices. The festival engages with widely diverse traditions, perspectives and ideas in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions. Now entering its fourth edition, Crossing the Line enables FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) to actively invest in the support and development of key New York and French-based artists through an extensive commissioning program. New works are created on both sides of the Atlantic for Crossing the Line, moving the festival beyond a mere showcase and into an incubator for exciting and critical original works.
Crossing the Line is in the best sense a contemporary manifestation of the French notion of the ‘avant-garde’. Although that concept is an historical one, the pioneering spirit it defines is at the heart of Crossing the Line, a festival that by definition promotes a forward thinking and globally engaged cultural perspective. Picked as a highlight of 2009 by the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York and the New York Times, Crossing the Line has become the flagship cultural program for FIAF.
Placing the Voice of Artists at the Center of Public Discourse
For Crossing the Line 2010, co-curators Lili Chopra, Artistic Director at FIAF and Simon Dove, Director, Herberger Institute School of Dance at Arizona State University, have focused on key artists whose work is driven by social concerns and an engagement with the policies and practices that affect our lives. The programming seeks to strengthen the vital role of artists as critically important thinkers and commentators in the world today.