Date: June 1st, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Innovation Square,  Polytechnic Institute of NYU, MetroTech Plaza
Event Type: Light Installation, Exhibition, Performance
Entry: Free and Open to Public


About the World Science Festival

The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science that launched in 2008. Hailed a “new cultural institution,” by The New York Times, the Festival has featured such luminaries as: Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, Sir Paul Nurse, Harold Varmus, James Watson, Anna Deavere Smith, Francis Collins,  Bobby McFerrin, David Baltimore, Chuck Close, Saul Perlmutter, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Dennett, John Hockenberry, Eric Lander,  Philip Glass,  Maggie Gyllenhaal, Charlie Kaufman, Sylvia Earle, Yo-Yo Ma, Oliver Sacks, Mary-Claire King, William Phillips, Paul Davies, Elizabeth Vargas, Sir Roger Penrose, Charlie Rose, Lisa P. Jackson, John Lithgow, Vinton Cerf, Glenn Close, Jeffrey Eugenides, Bill T. Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Elaine Fuchs, and Walter Isaacson. The first five Festivals have attracted almost one million visitors, and millions more have viewed the programs online. The World Science Festival also produces year-round live programming in New York City, nationally and internationally.

Date: May 4, 8:30pm-10:30pm
Location: East 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd street (Fourth Arts Block- FABnyc)
Event Type: Exhibition, Performance, Party
Entry: Free and Open to Public

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Led by Professor Lydia Kallipoliti in collaboration with Martha Giannakopoulou and Katerina Kourkoula, a group of engineering, architecture and art students from the Cooper Union will present an off-grid lighting installation at the East 4th Street Cultural District. The installation will be powered by alternative energy generation techniques including solar cells, bioluminescent pods and a dance performance choreographed to interact with the installation and illuminate the streetscape. A series of illuminated chambers of tonic water and energy drinks will be incorporated in the lighting installation, creating a public nonalcoholic suspended bar providing drinks to visitors. This installation is part of FAB and CUISD’s SUSTAIN project and supported by Cooper Union’s Feltman Lighting Fund and the Benjamin Menschel Faculty Fellowship. Student Team: Alyssa Davis, Laura Quan, Natalia Zawisny, Stephanie Borchers, Shiori Sasaki, Simon Khuvis, WooJong Kim, Glory Day Correw, Anna Kramer.

Ideas City Festival | Organized by the New Museum |

The Ideas City Festival is a major new collaborative initiative between scores of downtown organizations, from large universities to arts groups and community organizations, working together to affect change. The Idea City Festival for New City is a biennial event which will take place during the weekend of May 4-6 2013 and will demonstrate the power of the creative community to imagine the city of the future. The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, architects, designers, and other thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, create new problems, and invite the public to participate in improving urban life. The Idea City Festival will include panels, roundtables, symposia, and workshops; an innovative outdoor “street fair”; and dozens of projects, performances, and events, opening simultaneously at multiple downtown venues. The Bowery will serve as the spine of the Festival, with Cooper Union and the New Museum acting as anchors and hubs for conversation, discussion, learning, and action.


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