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, On Archipelagoes and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, will take place in Miami, FL, from November 1-3. The Summit 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.
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 gathers 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 will delve 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.
This year commemorates 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 will collectively grapple with the possibilities that art and culture offer and respond to current political struggles and reimaginings of dissent. We will build 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.
The Creative Time Summit “On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries” is curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose in collaboration with Corina L. Apostol.
*Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, London: Minor Compositions, 2013.
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
– Accessibility Advisor: Dr. Amanda Cachia, Curator and Disability Activist, based in California
PARTICIPANTS (LIST IN FORMATION)
- ZACH BLAS
- BRIGADA PUERTA DE TIERRA
- COLECTIVO UNIVERSITARIO DE DISIDENCIA SEXUAL (CUDS)
- HOUSTON CYPRESS
- MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS
- PABLO DESOTO
- ELVIS FUENTES
- KRUDAS CUBENSI
- TIMOTHY MORTON
- YANELIS NUÑEZ LEYVA
- LUIS MANUEL OTERO ALCÁNTARA
- DAN PERJOVSCHI
- LIA PERJOVSCHI
- VIJAY PRASHAD
- BHENJI RA
- COLIBRI SANFIORENZO BARNHARD
- SLAVS AND TATARS
Save the date: The Summit will take place November 1st – 3rd, 2018.
Participate in the Summit by hosting a screening site, volunteering with us in Miami, or hosting a breakout session. Click to learn more.
GREATER MIAMI AREA – OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Are you an artist, activist, or cultural producer in the Miami area? We’re inviting local participants to propose ideas for breakout sessions for The Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagoes and Other Imaginaries. Click to learn more.
Creative Time is proactively taking steps towards making the Summit more accessible and inclusive, and will be offering elements this year’s program in both English and Spanish. We are dedicated to providing open and transparent information on our website and welcome feedback to help us to continue to remove barriers for our audiences and presenters.
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ABOUT THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT
The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, the Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.
Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field — featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 8,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and projects.
In an effort to reach new audiences and explore issues within a global context, in 2014 Creative Time began partnering with institutions beyond NYC, taking the Summit to cities around the world, including Stockholm, Venice, Washington, DC, Toronto and now, Miami. Local attendees are invited to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops through an open call, and Summit events highlight each city’s unique aesthetic and social spaces. In its travels outside of New York, the Summit aims to foster meaningful connections among a growing global community while also highlighting locally driven programming. The Summit also meets tens of thousands of attendees in their hometowns through Livestream, as well as through more than 100 satellite screening sites that host live events in cities from Dhaka to São Paulo.
The Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagoes and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World is made possible with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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.