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2018 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT ON ARCHIPELAGOS AND OTHER IMAGINARIES:
COLLECTIVE STRATEGIES TO INHABIT THE WORLD
ABOUT THIS YEAR’S SUMMIT
The 11th Creative Time Summit, an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics, was held in Miami for the first time November 1-3 of 2018. Titled On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, it took coalition as the central theme, and utilized the archipelago as a framework to delve into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. The topics under discussion ranged from immigration and borders to climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.
The Summit was made up of four thematic sections: “Facing climate realities, reimagining a green future,” “Toward an intersectional justice,” “Resisting displacement and violence,” and “On boundaries and a borderless future.”
These themes were explored through community-driven breakout sessions, social events, roundtable discussions, workshops, panels, field trips, interactive performances, screenings, and other creative formats designed to share tools, strategies, and actions with over 1,000 international and local attendees.
Language: For the first time, the Summit was presented in both English and Spanish. As we continue to respond to local, regional and international contexts, we also acknowledge this year the diversity of languages spoken in the Caribbean, which also includes French and Creole. While for this edition of the Summit we were only able to offer English and Spanish, which represent the most spoken languages in our host city of Miami, the Summit will continue to strive to become more accessible and inclusive for our attendees.
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From November 1 through 3, The 11th Creative Time Summit took place in Miami, Fl and included three days of thought provoking presentations, community driven breakout sessions, interactive performances, celebrations, and our very first Summit film series.
5 – 10pm // Opening Party at the Pérez Art Museum Miami – Tidal Rage: Drag en la Frontera, featuring drag performances produced by Fredo Rivera
10am – 6pm // Full day of main stage presentations at the Knight Concert Hall – Adrienne Arsht Center
10am – 5pm // Breakout sessions at various locations across Miami
7:30 – 10:30pm // Film series outdoors at SoundScape Park
Interdisciplinary Artist and Lecturer
Cuban Visual Artist
Visiting Professor, Federal University of Paraíba
Art Historians and Curators
Writer, Journalist, and Academic
Visual Artist and Curator
Dancer and Video Artist
Community-Based Arts Group
Founder of Love The Everglades Movement
Afro-Cuban Activist Hip-Hop Group
Professor of Philosophy and Ecology, Rice University
Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research
Activist and President of HASER
Artist and Curator
The final day of the Summit featured e over 30 group discussions, workshops, and field trips at various locations around Miami. The majority of these sessions were organized by artists, activists, writers, and community leaders from the Greater Miami Area who were selected via an open call, while others were organized by Summit advisors and presenters. Sessions were led by:
Alison Russo, Director, IIE’s Artist Protection Fund (APF), Alma Leiva, artist, Amanda Keeley, artist and Founder, EXILE Books, Amanda Sanfilippo Long, Curator and Artist Manager, Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; Director and Curator, Fringe Projects, Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU, Ana Menéndez, writer, Angela Valella, artist and Founder, The Nightclub, Ashley Lester, artist, Aziz Isham, Executive Producer, BRIC TV, Barbara Martinez-Guerrero, Educator/Executive Director, Dream In Green, Bibi Baloyra, Director of Development, ARTSail, Blanca de la Torre, curator, Bonnie Mae Carrow, artist,Brigada Puerta de Tierra, community-based arts group, Captain William Rey, Captain, Impossible Dream, Cat Garcia-Menocal, architect, Catherine Gomez, artist, Cesar Cornejo, artist, Charo Oquet, artist and Founder, Edge Zones, Christiana Morrow and Casey Zap, Co-directors, The Center for Subtropical Affairs, Christy Gast, artist, Dan Perjovschi, artist-journalist, David McCauley, artist and Founder, Laundromat Art Space, David Rohn, artist, Homo-Sapiens Collaborative, LaboMamo Collaborative, Debi Wechsler, Board member and Art Advisory Chair, Friends of The Underline, Denise Milstein, writer and sociologist, Diana Fridelova, artist, Dr. Alix Pierre, Professor, Spelman College Departments of African Diaspora Studies and World Languages and Literature, Dr. Carol Damian, curator and professor, Dr. Jason Downing, orchid biologist, The Million Orchid Project, Dr. John Cozza, Professor, FIU Department of Biological Sciences, Dyron Lafuente, artist, Edouard Duval-Carrié, artist, curator, Elisa Turner, art critic and journalist, Elvis Fuentes, independent curator, Esther Park, Vice President for Programming, ArtCenter/South Florida, Fabienne Josaphat, poet, novelist, essayist, and translator, Felice Grodin, artist, Fereshteh Toosi, artist and professor, FIU, Frank Báez, poet, Fredo Rivera, curator, drag performer, and Assistant Professor, Grinnell College, Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs, ICA Miami, Gema Álava, Cultural Adviser to the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Ian Wogan, Arborist/Founder, True Tree Service, Janet Batet, writer, curator and art historian, Jean Sarmiento, Co-founder, Love the Everglades, Jennifer Inacio, Assistant Curator, PAMM, Joshua Sagarribay, student and President of Miami Biotech High School Horticulture Club, Julie Trebault, Director, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), Julián Donas Milstein, student, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR, Laurencia Strauss, artist, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, poet, prose writer, and playwright, Lia Perjovschi, artist, Founder, The Knowledge Museum and Co-founder, tranzit.ro, Lizania Cruz, designer and artist, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, artist, Co-founder The Museum of Dissidence in Cuba (Museo de la Disidencia en Cuba), Maja and Reuben Fowkes, art historians and curators, Co-founders, Translocal Institute, Marc Bridger, artist, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, cuban visual artist, Marie Vickles, Knight Associate Director of Education, School, Outreach and Studio Programs PAMM and Curator, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, María Adela Diaz, artist, Meg Daly, CEO/President, Friends of The Underline, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Outreach and Public Programs Manager, Locust Projects, Michelle Weinberg, artist, Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, Muriel Hasbun, artist, Muriel Olivares and Tiffany Noe, Co-founders, Little River Cooperative, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, artist, Nina Surel, artist,Ombretta Agro Andruff, founder and Executive Director, ARTSail, Onajide Shabaka, artist, Philip Lique, artist, lecturer, designer, Raymond Elman, artist,Ricardo E. Zulueta, artist and writer, Roc Laseca, art theorist, curator, Director, Los Encuentros Denkbilder, Rodolfo Peraza, multimedia artist, Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder, curator and President, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Rozalinda Borcilă, artist, educator, writer, Shoshana Resnikoff, Curator, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Sony Ton-Aimé, poet and teaching fellow at Kent State University, Susan Caraballo, curator and producer, Tina Spiro, artist, Ximena Caminos, Founder/Director, Honey Lab Creative Think Tank, Miami Beach Ocean Preservation Foundation, CCO Blue Heron Ocean Society, Yahalétke / Rev Houston R. Cypress, Co-founder, Love the Everglades,Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, art historian, Co-founder The Museum of Dissidence in Cuba (Museo de la Disidencia en Cuba), Yara Travieso, artist, Yucef Merhi, artist, poet, coder, and a pioneer of Digital Art, william cordova, interdisciplinary cultural practitioner
The Summit held its inaugural Film Series in Miami-Beach, featuring showings by filmmakers from the Miami-Florida area, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond, highlighting the richness and diversity of independent filmmaking. The selected films broadly engaged with the major themes of this year’s Summit, encouraging thoughtful conversations around borders and migration, ecological struggles, gender politics, and economic inequality.
ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
Summit Miami Advisory Council:
Elvis Fuentes, Independent Curator based in New York and Miami
Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami
Tom Healy, Writer and Curator based in Miami and New York
Meena Jagannath, Co-founder of the Community Justice Project and Movement Lawyer based in Miami
Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs, ICA Miami
Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Co-director of Beta-Local, Puerto Rico
Amanda Sanfilippo Long, Curator and Artist Manager of Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Director and Chief Curator of Fringe Projects, Miami
Accessibility Advisor: Dr. Amanda Cachia, Curator and Disability Activist, based in California
Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Founder and Executive Director, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc.
The 11th Creative Time Summit, On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, took place in Miami, FL, from November 1-3. The Summit was co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
American poet Fred Moten defines ‘coalition’ as the recognition that practices of dispossession, whether they are cultural, political, environmental, or economical, whether they are occurring in our immediate environment or at a far distance, affects us all.* To that extent, ‘coalition’ is the realization of an unavoidable connectedness: we are all in this together.
As a platform for such connectedness, the Creative Time Summit 2018 gathered artists, thinkers, activists, and cultural producers whose practices stimulate others into emancipatory projects formulated under the desire for planetary thinking. Using the archipelago as a framework for questioning colonial and postcolonial ways of seeing and thinking, we delved into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. Namely, we will shed light onto common, and at times contradicting narratives of regions defined by international migrations and depopulation, queer cultures, indigenous ways of being, tourism industries, and ecological disasters, by engaging with de-colonial dialogues and new social imaginaries.
2018 commemorated a milestone in the history of international coalitions and solidarity: half a century later, we are reminded of the resilience of the struggles of 1968 in the Americas and around the world. Today, artists, activists, students, dreamers and community organizers are actively challenging their governments to establish a different relationship with the environment, while refusing the enclosure of land, wealth, and culture, and collectively inventing alternative social institutions.
While remaining critical of current economic and political power structures imbued with renewed neo-colonial aspirations, we collectively grappled with the possibilities that art and culture offer and respond to current political struggles and reimaginings of dissent. We built upon the experiences of each of our participants, facilitating exchanges and collaborations that we envision will have a lasting effect upon public opinion long after the Summit’s closing remarks. Ultimately, the 2018 Summit aims to reflect upon the contingencies of our time, urging all of us to take an active role as agents bringing about change and social justice.
*Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, London: Minor Compositions, 2013.
The 2018 Creative Time Summit Reader is a compilation of resources designed to be read in conversation with the presentations and conversations taking place throughout the convening. The Reader has been put together by the Summit’s curatorial and production teams. We hope that the books, articles, videos and projects will provide useful context to the Summit 2018 themes for our audience in Miami, as well as for our community around the world.
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The 2018 Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World is co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Major support for the 2018 Summit is provided by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Ford Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Inc, and the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners, Art in Public Places Trust, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Creative Time is grateful for significant in-kind support from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, Cultured Magazine, Lyft, and Fresh Art International.
Major Creative Time programming support for 2018 has been provided by The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.