The Future of the Arts in NYC

The Future of the Arts in NYC
Susu Aung, Rachel Chabot, Cassie Lui, Vivian Wu, Wesley Yun

The overarching theme of our video will be the future of Arts across the city. This will consist of the expansion of genres displayed in museums and at venues along with predictions for popularity of specific genres. We will also explore the future of street art and street performances in the city, by taking into account past and current forms of street art (bansky, five pointz). Something in particular we would like to research and understand are the new ways and new locations in which the arts are expanding. There are some untraditional and unconventional forms of museums and venue halls in the city (MoMa PS 1, ArsNova Theatre) that seem to foreshadow how art in one of the most creative and progressive cities in the world will emerge and innovate.
The themes discussed in the first week of class were oriented toward climate change and vast physical changes that the city might endure in the future. We chose to stray from those themes and focus on the future of another huge aspect of what makes NYC what it is.
Before we start to film we must decide on where to film. It is most like that producing this video will require multiple visits to different institutions, museums, and other places that contains art. Locations to be filmed at will be decided with the research that we will have done prior to filming. In order cover more ground and create a video that provides a substantial amount of content we will most likely be splitting our group into smaller subgroups so that we may cover more ground and be more flexible. While the focus of the class is mainly set to the borough of Manhattan, we as a group believe that New York City is not New York City without all of the boroughs. That is why we may incorporate locations based in other boroughs if it helps to create a stronger video presentation.
While not decided yet, interviewing people will occur in a similar manner to choosing where to film. Interviewing people will be a mixture of planning and spontaneity. Depending on the place, it may be better to schedule an interview. However, since art is open to interpretation, we may also interview random people on location to see how local New Yorkers feel about the art.
Music will be used in the film as it helps to set mood and create a flow to the video. By using the right type of music, our group can emphasize certain themes or personalities that different types of art brings out. This is especially true when it deals with art localized to certain neighborhoods.
To create this video we will need a camera with video recording capabilities. Although some of us do not have professional cameras, it will not pose that much of a problem since we can also use our smartphones to record high quality content. In recent years, many newer smartphones are capable of recording 720p and 1080p videos which are considered to be excellent viewing qualities. After recording our content we will produce our video using the software that comes on our mac, iMovie.
Since there will be multiple locations to show how the arts have changed over the years and the potential of the arts in NYC, each member will be responsible for a specific area. Therefore, each member of the group will be giving the same amount of work (research, filming, and reports). When compiling everyone’s part of the project, it is best to do the editing as a group in order make sure everyone agrees with how the video will flow.
We will first begin with doing research for the next two weeks on the history of street art in New York City and how it has evolved throughout the years to where it is today, and then research the future outlooks of the arts in NYC. We will also research the significance of street art to the overall culture and appearance of NYC and who makes street art possible in New York City. Afterwards we are going to compile a list of current exhibitions and forms of street art  throughout the city on the third week. After this, we will begin planning out the structure of our film and what we would like to present in our video during the fourth week. During the fifth and sixth weeks, we will spread out the visit of these sites and film shots and take some pictures during our visits to these sites. During the seventh week we will edit the film and if necessary visit the sites again to film any shots that we missed. On the eighth week, we will finalize all the details of the film and put together the final version.
As of our immediate to do list, we are going to do research to get a deeper and overall understanding of our topic within the next few weeks. We will also visit some of the exhibits that we would potentially like to incorporate into our video to see it in person.
We would try to draw connection between the near and distant future of the arts and the weekly readings, such as architecture, sustainability planning, urban planning of New York City. We would definitely do research to get a better understand of the topic and format the video accordingly to integrate ideas from the readings smoothly.
Since we are focusing on the arts in NYC, we will be focusing on multiple locations. Therefore, each group member would focus on one (or multiple) areas. The evidence of each concrete steps will be demonstrated by the information gathered as well as the the filming. This report will be structured by giving each member of the group to a special area, such as 5ptz or bansky, and to research, film and keep the group updated. Therefore, the report will be a compilation of each individual’s research, filming, and their progress throughout the project.

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The Future of Organic Food and Compost Within NYC

Our video is about organic food and why and how we should naturally compost it. We will explore how these compost practices can be further developed and implemented within NYC, and how they can help our city become more efficient and stable in the future.

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The Future of Food – Group 4

Our video will explore many of the different ways food has impacted and will impact the future of New York City. Some of the key topics we will cover include hunger, distribution, consumption and waste.



IDC 4001H                                                                                                             February 4, 2014

Group 4                                                                                                               Professor Macbride

Yamel de Favela, Amanda Lederman
Jen Mukofsky, Jonathan Park, Sunny Xu

            Video Proposal: The Future of New York City Food

            For the final video project, our group will be focusing in on what we call “the future of food.” Our video will cover many different aspects, issues and solutions having to do with food in New York City. Some of the main topics we plan to explore include hunger and health, food distribution and food consumption. We will also be exploring the food economy of New York, and current and upcoming initiatives such as urban farming and perhaps how it relates to local agriculture and produce. Finally, we will research food waste, the issues pertaining to food waste management and how the future may impact food waste.

The entire video will be like a documentary, ranging 10-15 minutes. Each of the subtopics will last for a couple of minutes. In terms of data and information, we plan on using the class readings, as well as research from the library and online. Another important source of information will come from interviews. We plan on interviewing and speaking to a variety of different people including those who work in restaurants, groceries and perhaps soup kitchens as well. We also hope to speak to those who are professionally involved in New York City politics and perhaps is involved or interested in the future of food. We also plan on interviewing the general public of New York in order to gain a better sense of the public’s perception and opinion on the future of food.

We will also explore different restaurants and markets around the city and interview the owners and employees about the process of obtaining food, distribution of waste, etcetera. We will make this happen by initially email, phone calls, or asking them in person. We will also pay attention to the difference in approach and attitudes between small food shops and larger food franchises in terms of food distribution and waste in particular

Like any other project, this video will require everyone to be on board. Sunny and Jon have experience in video editing, so they will be in charge of editing and shooting the video. Yemel and Jennafer will be in charge of setting up and conducting these interviews. Amanda will be in charge of recording information and analyzing and organizing the data that we gathered. If one member does not put in much effort, we will confront them. If that fails, we will seek for the Professor’s intervention.

First of all, we will need to research the restaurants, markets, and other locations that we would like to research. This should be accomplished within the next month. In addition to that, we need to collect what data we need and what kind of questions we are looking to ask. Second, we will have to find the contact information and opening times of these locations. Third, we will contact these places and look for people that we could interview. Fourth, we will interview the people we contacted and record at these locations. Hopefully by mid-April, we will have all of our primary research, data and interviews completed. Lastly, we will compile the data and video.

The concrete evidence would be having the class readings, interview questions, location information, research data, and some footage. This report will be structured by having the data and information in a document, and the video footage on a USB drive.

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Green Architecture and the Future of New York City

Our final project will explore paragons of green architecture in New York City and will examine the role and impact the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization has on developing eco-friendly structures, working in public and professional opinions on these topics.

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