Our City Festival 2012 | Urban Currents

Our City Festival 2012 | Urban Currents
Art, architecture and ideas
28 SEPT – OCT 7
Phnom Penh | Battambang

Website: www.ourcityfestival.org
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Our City Festival is Cambodia’s first and only public festival to bring together creatives from Cambodian cities to focus on urbanism and it’s influence on contemporary culture. Initiated in 2008 by Java Arts to acknowledge the city’s accelerated urban change and its intersection with the surge of activity within the contemporary arts.  Presenting art and architecture themed exhibitions, events, performances, screenings, talks, and workshops, Our City examines Phnom Penh’s present, remembers its past, and imagines the future.

Our City Festival is a platform for creation, discussion, and cultivating communities working with cultural institutions, as well as in public space to activate the potential of the urban environment and its people.

In the past five years, its exhibitions, talks, workshops, and tours have operated as creative and critical explorations of the city’s urban trajectory. It has sought to reflect on change and document them through artistic response and expression: to bear witness to the multiple shifting forces which constitute the present- and indeed- the city

It offers a platform for comment and provides a networked space for negotiating challenges of contemporary urban life through art and architecture. Our City’s activities consider issues at the forefront of Phnom Penh, whilst recognizing the elaborate web of local-global negotiations within which they are situated.

Our City Festival 2012 takes as its departure the theme of ‘Urban Currents.’ It considers the various overlapping flows which constitute the present urban environment: between its people, resources, energy, environment, and landscape of Phnom Penh- and its impact on wider Cambodia. More specifically, it refers to the significant local flooding which took place across October and November 2011, which flagged Phnom Penh’s vulnerability against this recurring environmental problem.

Participants:

Alnoor Dewshi, Amy Lee Sanford, Anna Katharina Scheidegger, Anida Yoeu Ali/Studio Revolt, Chan Muyhong, Chan Pisey, Chea Phal, Chov Theanly, David “Jam” Ramjattan, Eric Ellul, Eva Lloyd, Giacomo Butte, Irina Chakraborty, Kim Hak, Kong Vollak, Long Reaksmei, Lorenzo Martini, Mao Soviet, Neak Sophal, Sao Sopheak, Seng Manoriddh, Shelby E. Doyle, Som Van Nita, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Sopheap Pich, Srey Bandaul, Taber Hand, Tim Robertson, Tes Vanna and Topp & Dubio.
31 Urban Lab Interns
20 Youth Ambassadors
Students from Mith Samlanh

Our City Festival 2012 is thanks to the contributions and cooperation of:

AEDES (Berlin), Battambang Bike, Bophana AudioVisual Resource Centre, Cambodia Mekong University, Collective Studio, Heritage Mission, GIZ, Institut Français Cambodge, Khmer Architecture Tours, JavaArts, Khmer Arts Ensemble, Make Maek Gallery, Manolis House, Meta House: Cambodian German Cultural Center, Mith Samlanh, Norton University, On Photography Cambodia, Prospero Films, Romeet Gallery, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Studio Revolt and Wetlands Work!