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May 24, 2013

TEDxChelsea Conference

Technology, Entertainment, Design are the defining concepts of a TED conference, which brings together a variety of speakers and a diverse audience, focusing on “ideas worth spreading.”


On June 1st, 2012, the first TEDxChelsea Conference was hosted by the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts, 335 West 16th Street, New York City.  Focusing on the art world, with its unique economic structure, effects on society and sources of creativity, this conference explored the art world as a complex system. We examined these topics through the lenses of business, science and politics, among others.


TEDxChelsea is a collaborative venture organized by Phil Buehler, an artist and branding strategist who earned his MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA; Suzanne Anker, a visual artist and theorist who is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department, where she has developed courses in the digital and biological arts, and Reven T.C. Wurman, photographer and producer of the original TED Conference.


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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


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School of Visual Arts
335 West 16th Street
New York, NY -10011