Saturday marked the return of TEDxMet, the TEDx event put on by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Surrounded by art, exhibitions and history, attendees watched talks and performances in two locations on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Many TEDsters and TEDx’ers attended the event, including TED Analyst Jody Mak, TED Annotation + Transcription Editor Brian Greene, TEDx Talks Screener Hiji Nam and TEDx Team Coordinator Neal Fessler.
Below, their impressions from the event:
TEDx Team Coordinator Neal Fessler: The moment that stuck with me the most was a line from Ian Alteveer’s talk: “It is this that art can do. It can complicate our notions of what participation in a process means, of what it means to look, and feel, and taste the things we don’t necessarily want to taste, or see, or look at.”
TED Annotation + Transcription Editor Brian Greene: Dawoud Bey was my favorite speaker — Bey’s story of being inspired by the “Harlem on My Mind” photo exhibition at the Met made him immediately relatable, and he did a great job of drawing a line from his early influences in New York to his project in Birmingham and beyond. His art comments on contemporary social issues while providing a thoughtful approach to difficult history. The Birmingham Project is at once about death, destruction and tragedy and about life — the life left over. And he revealed his message with an eloquence that had me hanging on his words and a stage presence that made his story very approachable.
TED Analyst Jody Mak: The one line that stuck with me after the event was from Doug Eklund’s talk: “Decline in creativity [and the arts] might be due to the disappearance of boredom and our always plugged-in age.” His talk made me think hard about the convoluted relationship between technology, society, and the arts. An attention economy sounds like dystopia especially when the world continues to adopt, at incredible speed, new technologies that claim to “connect” — and perhaps overconnect — humanity.
TEDx Talks Screener Hiji Nam: What stuck with me was Doug Eklund’s talk. It was an honest talk that was surprisingly, openly critical of the state of the art world while also communicating his genuine belief in the power of art.