Starting to draw the city we want is the first step to building it. This has been the proposal developed throughout the year during the successful cycle CCS Forum 2015: Building the Desired City, created by Cultura Chacao and Backroom Caracas with support from the Embassy of the United States of America and the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
The forum has addressed several disciplines that directly impact our daily lives, like education, nutrition, architecture, environment, and society, from the perspective of sustainability and by the hand of great personalities who have shared their ideas and raised new concerns from their respective fields. Art as an expression of culture could not be left out of the cycle, which will close with a conference and performance by artist and educator Nancy Nowacek.
In addition to her artistic practice, Nowacek is a designer and a professor at New York University. She holds a Master’s degree in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree in Social Practices from the California College of Art. She is also a certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Nowacek’s work focuses on day-to-day ecology: processes, codes and everyday habits. She uses sculpture, performance and drawing to encourage action, restoring the body’s functional relevance as an object, tool, channel, and space for the imagination, in the midst of a contemporaneity in which the body has been eclipsed by technology.
Tools for Impossible Ideas is the name of the conference she will impart on Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 AM at the Chacao Municipal Theater. Entry will be free and simultaneous translation will be available.
The work of Nancy Nowacek has been shown in Europe and the United States, and now, within the framework of CCS Forum 2015, she has arrived in Caracas to coordinate the project La nave/-SHIP, which will be developed in conjunction with the firms ADJKM, Central Arquitectura, Enlace Arquitectura, and Architect Ricardo Sanz, with the participation of artists and students from the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. The objective will be to generate an experience for the citizens through a device that will visit various sites in the Chacao Municipality on Saturday, November 7th, seeking to change perceptions of urban public space and the ways we relate to the city.
Recording of Nancy Nowacek’s presentation in CCS Forum 2015: Tools for Impossible Ideas.