May 4, 2013, 11am-6pm: On Somethingness/Speechbuster

Street Fest – Sara D. Roosevelt Park

A series of talks and conversations presented by a diverse group of individuals ( architects, artists, engineers, environmentalists, urban agriculturalists, researchers, among others ) on familiar subjects and ideas, to uncover radical new ways to understand and construct public life.  The program presented  innovative ideas on “somethingness” about how to render anew the world that surrounds us. Events took place around the Speechbuster, a performative table the exact size of Storefront , designed in a collaborative project by architect Jimenez Lai and artist Grayson Cox, which made its world premiere at IDEAS CITY 2013.


Schedule of Talks: 

12:00 PM 

Inauguration of the Speechbuster with the artists and the Rauschenberg Foundation 


12:10 – 1:00 PM  

“Untapped (Social) Capital” by #Artstech


1:00 – 1:15 PM  

“StreetFest Talks: Growers”

1:20 – 1:35 PM

“StreetFest Talks: Living History”


1:40 – 1:55 PM

“StreetFest Talks: Under-used Spaces” 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

“Human Hotel” by Wooloo (represented by Martin Rosengaard)


4:00 – 5:00 PM

“Earth Observation Systems” by Nina Milkove Iliena


5:00 – 6:00 PM

“Carless Curbs” moderated by Tsvetelina Churalska



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The Speechbuster is made possible by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.