Albanian Institute presenting at New Museum's Ideas City Festival

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New York City − Albanian Institute in collaboration with Arte Institute and New Museum is proud to present “I will Play your Soul” interactive art performance at the IDEAS CITY Festival 2015.

Visual artist Joana Ricou will take “selfies” of the audience by photographing the objects they carry in their pockets and purses. Pianist Renato Diz and guitarist Taulant Mehmeti will invent a melody inspired by the photographs and the “selfies” made by Ricou.

“I’m always interested in new ways of getting to know ourselves and each other that don’t involve looking at a face. In this project, I invite you to consider what the objects you are carrying with you, right at this moment, may say about who you are, where you’ve been, and where you are” says Joana Ricou a visual artist from Portugal based in Brooklyn. 

Taulant Mehmeti, a young talented Albanian guitarist from Kosovo is a natural improvisor. A student of New School for Contemporary Jazz Music, he recently debuted at the Blue Note in New York City, fulfilling a lifelong dream, a dream for any aspiring jazz musician. His life journey – from his small hometown of Prishtina to the biggest venues and festivals in NYC – is truly remarkable and inspiring.

Dozens of artists across disciplines, one hundred organizations, and tens of thousands of audiences will come together to explore questions of transparency, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent, and will be an invitation to explore the question of visibility and related dynamics. 

The Festival will take place May 28 – 30 and center on the theme of The Invisible City.

IDEAS CITY, a biennial festival by New Museum that brought more than 50,000 visitors in previous years, will temporarily transform downtown Manhattan into a City of Ideas, redefining public space through participatory performances and exhibitions. Notable projects includes “ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion” and “A Performative Conference in Nine Acts” outlining the future metropolis.

The New Museum is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1977, New Museum was conceived as a center about living artists from around the world and continues to be a hub of new art and new ideas.