President: Artist Carl Skelton, BFA, MVA, Dr.-Ing (Informatics)
Carl Skelton’s creative/research work bridges the arts, design, technology, and community engagement. Creative projects include Betaville, a massively participatory editable mirror world project with an international network of partners and collaborators; PlayHead, a real-time text-driven 21-voice synthesizer; States of Public Mind, a public projection at Josée Bienvenu Gallery of a set of possible “municipal emoticons” for the day when city limits signs go digital and participatory;
Dr. Skelton set up and directed the Integrated Digital Media BS and MS programs and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Carl’s research work has been supported by Microsoft Research, the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Arts council, and the Canada council for the Arts. He has exhibited in formal and informal (mostly public) settings internationally since 1986. Awards include a Rockefeller Cultural Innovation grant (2010), the first Jane Jacobs medal for Technology and Innovation (2012), a post-doctoral fellowship through the iCity Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth research consortium (2015), and an IBM “SUR” grant (2017).
Vice-President: Sociologist Gianpaolo Baiocchi, PhD.
Gianpaolo Baiocchi is a sociologist and an ethnographer interested in questions of politics and culture, critical social theory, and cities. He has written about and continues to research instances of actually existing civic life and participatory democracy. His most recent work is Popular Democracy: The Paradox of Participation (Stanford University Press, 2016), which he co-authored with Ernesto Ganuza. The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (co-authored with Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Stephanie Savell, and Peter Klein; Paradigm Publishers, 2014) examines the contours and limits of the democratic conversation in the US today. He is also the author, along with Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva, of Bootstrapping Democracy: Experiments in Urban Governance in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Militants and Citizens: Local Democracy on a Global Stage in Porto Alegre (Stanford University Press, 2005). He is the editor of Radicals in Power: Experiments in Urban Democracy in Brazil (Zed Press, 2003). An engaged scholar, Baiocchi was one of the founders of the Participatory Budgeting Project and continues to work with groups improving urban democracy. He heads Gallatin’s Urban Democracy Lab, launched in 2014 and which provides a space for scholars and practitioners to collaborate and exchange ideas for cultivating just, sustainable, and creative urban futures.
Treasurer-Secretary: Architect/curator Jee Won Kim
Jee Won Kim is the principal of Jee Won Kim, Architect PC in New York City. He is currently working on residences in Soho, a gallery in Tribeca, a new restaurant building in Clifton, a historic landmark renovation for a restaurant in the ladies mile, and a major waterfront redevelopment project for New Bedford MA with Kostow Greenwood. Jee Won has varied professional experience in institutional, hospitality, retail and residential work.
Art-related projects include collaboration on a large residential building in Mongolia as part of the Ordos 100 project curated by Ai Wei Wei and Herzog and de Meuron; Collaboration with Carl Skelton to present Betaville On The Bowery for the New Museum’s inaugural Festival of Ideas in 2011, to develop concepts in Betaville for Hans Breder’s retrospective at the Dortmund Museum in Germany, and to bring Wolfgang Staehle’s work to the Larkin Plaza site in 2016/2017. Jee Won has served as a leading member of the Busan International Architectural Competition Festival committee set up to select architects and develop the briefs for the Pusan international film festival theater (won by Coop Himmelblau) and Solomon Group’s 107 story tower (won by Asymptote). He has taught architecture studios at the Pratt Institute (with Vittorio Giorgini) and at Inje University, and serves on the board of Whitebox in New York.