The 2018 Creative Time Summit Reader is a compilation of resources designed to be read in conversation with the presentations and discussions 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 below will provide useful context to the Summit 2018 themes for our audience in Miami, as well as for our community around the world. The Reader features works by this year’s speakers and other eminent artists, activists and scholars. Where possible, our priority has been to seek out quick links to entirely free and downloadable resources including critical and creative articles in popular press, YouTube videos and talks, as well as open access academic writings.
On Boundaries And A Borderless Future
Around the world, immigration policies and border controls continue to dominate headlines and political debates, influencing decision-making, transforming identities, and dividing communities. Faced with a dehumanizing rhetoric around immigrants and refugees, intensified levels of surveillance, as well as increasing compassion exhaustion, activists and artists continue to fight for empathy and engagement while risking persecution themselves. Rather than fixating on the divisive boundaries between ‘them’ and ‘us’, how do we bring the two closer together, to universalize the migrant experience? How can we imagine impossible possibilities otherwise discarded in politics, which could produce new models of citizenship or the dissolution of global borders?
Crawley, Heaven. “Deconstructing ‘The Jungle’, Reconstructing the British Border.” Verso, 27 October, 2016.
Guilló, Anna. “Border Art and Borders of Art, An Extradisciplinary Approach.” antiAtlas Journal, no. 1, 2016.
Muir, Hugh. “We’ve Hit Peak Injustice: A World with Borders, but only for the Super-rich.” The Guardian, 18 September, 2017.
Sheren, Ila Nicole. Portable Borders: Performance Art and Politics on the U.S. Frontera since 1984, 2015. Print.
Prince, Lyric. “Watching Okoumou’s Heroic Climb Up the Statue of Liberty.” Hyperallergic, 6 July, 2018.
Bell, Lynn. “History of people who were not heroes, A conversation with Maria Magdalena Campos‐Pons.” Third Text, vol. 12, no. 43, published online 2008. Taylor Francis Online.
Freiman, Lisa D. María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Everything Is Separated by Water. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007.
Fuentes, Elvis. Caribbean: Art at Crossroads of the World. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.
Fuentes, Elvis. “Sugarcane, Fidel Castro, and Performance Art in Cuba: Tania Bruguera’s Untitled (Havana 2000).” Post: Notes on Modern and Contemporary Art Around the Globe, 21 July, 2016.
Cotter, Holland. “Islands Buffeted by Currents of Change: ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’ Spans 3 Museums.” New York Times, 14 June, 2012.
Blas, Zach. Interview with Simone Browne. “Beyond the Internet and All Control Diagrams,” The New Inquiry, 24 January, 2017.
Blas, Zach. Interview with Jasmina Tumbas. “The Ectoplasmic Resistance of Queer: Metric Mysticism, Libidinal Art, and How to Think Beyond the Internet.” ASAP / Journal, 6 February, 2018.
Facing Climate Realities, Reimagining A Green Future
This section intersects the local and the planetary, indigenous knowledge and scientific cultures, multispecies and human solidarity. Delving into ecological thought and revealing critical tools for the climate justice movement, we will highlight contemporary responses to climate change, extinction of species, and extractivist threats to the environment. How are these threats affecting our understanding of ourselves and our common futures? What does it look like when communities refuse to drown, and instead unite in collective resistance in the face of radical uncertainty brought about by climate disasters and consistent inaction from world powers?
Davis, Heather. “Life & Death in the Anthropocene: A Short History of Plastic.” Art and the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies, ed. by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin. London: Open Humanities Press, 2015.
Davis, Heather. “Toxic Progeny: The Plastisphere and Other Queer Futures.” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, vol. 5, no. 2, 2015.
Haraway, Donna. “Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene.” e-flux, no. 75, September, 2016.
Moore, Jason W. “How the Chicken Nugget Became the True Symbol of Our Era.” The Guardian, 8 May, 2018.
Moore, Jason W. “The Capitalocene, Part I: On the Nature and Origins of Our Ecological Crisis.” The Journal of Peasant Studies, 2017.
Wainwright, Joel and Geoff Mann. “Climate Justice and the Emergence of Planetary Sovereignty.” Verso, 15 March, 2018.
Hinz, Pierre. “Shimmering Waters – Born in the Everglades.” Featuring Renee Manyari and Michel Frank. Cinematography by Michael Story, David Wells, Damien Maass, Pierre Hinz, Jared Jacobs. Edited by Michael Story and Pierre Hinz, Vimeo, 2014.
Rapalo, Christopher. “Houston Cypress Love The Everglades Movement Directed by Christopher Rapalo.” Featuring Houston Cypress, Third Dream Media Productions. YouTube, 28 Mar. 2015.
Harper, Jim W. “Protecting the Sacred Land and Water of the Everglades.” Earth Island Journal, Earth Island Institute, 28 Oct. 2015.
“Timothy Morton in Conversation with Verso Books.” YouTube, uploaded by Verso Books, 27 September 2017.
Blasdel, Alex. “‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media Limited, 15 June, 2017.
“Timothy Morton Interview.” Featuring Tom Wiscombe and Timothy Morton. YouTube, uploaded by SCI-Arc, 18 April, 2016.
“Being Ecological | Lecture by philosopher Timothy Morton.” YouTube, uploaded by Radbound Universiteit, 24 March, 2018.
DeSoto, Pablo. “Fukushima Laboratory: Acquiring on Earth the technology of the heavens.” The Laboratory Planet: Alien Capitalism, no. 5.
Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Colibri. Interview with Mark Hedin. “Pioneering Puerto Rican fiscal sponsor leads grass-roots hurricane recovery effort.” Fiscal Sponsor Directory, San Francisco Study Center, 24 April, 2018.
Dattaro, Laura. “NYC Climate Week: How Climate Change Threatens Our Food Supply.” The Weather Channel, 24 September, 2014.
Towards An Intersectional Justice
Due to rising inequity and violence across divides of race, class, and gender, ideals for equitable and responsive governments are further distanced from present-day mindsets. Identity politics has resurfaced with a renewed urgency, from new forms of activism to the way in which various national politics has become infused with group definition. This section positions questions of who is privileged, who is excluded, and who has power at the intersection of gender, race and class. What are some of the crucial aspects of queer, feminist, anti-racist, and post-colonial perspectives from which practitioners have developed emancipatory politics for our times?
Anzaldúa, Gloria Evangelina. “Movimientos de rebeldía y las culturas que traicionan.” In Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco, Aunt Lute Books, 1987, 37-45.
Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color.” Stanford Law Review, vol. 43, no. 6 (1991).
Davis, Heather. “Love.” In Keywords for Radicals, ed. by Kelly Fritsch, Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2016.
Muñoz, José Esteban. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minneapolis; London, University of Minnesota Press, 1999, 1-23.
Smith, Ben. “Intersectional Discrimination and Substantive Equality: A Comparative Theoretical Perspective.” The Equal Rights Review, vol. 16, 2016.
Spivak, Chakravorty Gayatri. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” in Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader, ed. by Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
Ra, Bhenji. Interview by Eugenia Lim. “Embodying Future Forms: Bhenji Ra.” Assemble Papers, 29 March, 2018.
“APT8 In Conversation | Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoulder.” Featuring Bhenji Ra, Justin Shoulder, and Joselina Cruz. YouTube, uploaded by QAGOMA Channel, 2 December, 2015.
Coordinadora Universitaria por da Disidencia Sexual, ed. Por un feminismo sin mujeres: fragmentos del segundo circuito disidencia sexual. Santiago de Chile: Territorios Sexuales Ediciones, Coordinadora Universitaria por da Disidencia Sexual, May 2011.
Valencia, Sayak. “Plantear preguntas, trazar fugas, proyectar horizontes: ‘Por un feminismo sin mujeres.’” Disidencia, vol. 10, no. 2, 2013.
Collectivo Universitario de Disidencia Sexual. “Debe la mujer ingresar a la universidad?” Vimeo, uploaded by Disidencia Sexual, 17 February, 2012.
Krudas Cubensi. Interview by Regina Cano. “‘Krudas Cubensi’ in Havana 2014.” Havana Times, 16 November 2014.
Wooldridge, Talia. “¡Escuche Las Krudas!: Raw, Feminist Rap Music from Havana, Cuba.” Canadian Women’s Studies | les cahiers de la femme, vol. 27, no. 1, 2009. Print.
Londoño, Ernesto. “A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba.” The New York Times, 3 September, 2016.
Nunez Leyva, Yanelys and Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara. The Museum of Dissidence in Cuba, April, 2016.
Nunez Leyva, Yanelys and Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara. “Another Treaty of Paris.” Hors Piste 13th Edition: The nation and its fictions, Centre Pompidou, 24 January, 2018. Vimeo, uploaded by Havana Times.
Resisting Displacement And Violence
Across the world, from Miami to Istanbul, from Buenos Aires to Bucharest, forms of aggressive gentrification have become widespread, oftentimes signaling the rapacious influence of cultural trends. Questions of resisting the tide of urban development must also confront existing class inequality, structural violence and racial prejudice. Every city offers a different story, and there is much to be gleaned from the injustices felt and the struggles taking place at different breaths and rhythms. What new forms of engagement do artists, activists and other agents integrate into their environments? How can governments and policymakers support a cultural production that makes cities sustainable?
Boughton, John. Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing, London; New York, Verso, 2018, Print.
Dawson, Gloria. “Poor Fetishes, Poor Critiques. Gentrification as Violence.” Libcom, 5 January, 2016.
Faayard, Abdallah. “The Criminalization of Gentrifying Neighborhoods.” The Atlantic, 20 December, 2017.
Fitzpatrick, Suzanne. “Even Social Housing in Unaffordable Now in Some Parts of England.” The Guardian, 24 April, 2018.
Foster, Dawn. “Would a White British Community Have Burned in Grenfell Tower?” The New York Times, 20 June, 2017.
Vulliamy, Ed. “Apartheid London: Social Cleansing Ruined the Minestrone Streets I Grew Up In.” The Guardian, 18 June, 2017.
Prashad,Vijay. “Children Make Up More Than Half of the World’s Displaced Populations,” Alternet, June 27, 2018.
Prashad, Vijay. The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. New York: The New Press, 2007. Print.
Prashad, Vijay. Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001. Print.
Prashad, Vijay. “Dream History of the Global South.” Interface: a journal for and about social movements, Volume 4, 2012.
“Dr. Vijay Prashad: Symposium on Social Justice and inclusion Keynote Address” Featuring Vijay Prashad. Youtube, uploaded by Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 17 Dec. 2017.
“Brigada Puerta de Tierra – Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón and Luis Agosto-Leduc (San Juan, Puerto Rico).” YouTube, uploaded by Visible, 8 November, 2017.
“No me des el pescado, enséñame a pescar”: El camino de la Brigada PDT y el Centro de Monitoreo de Legislación y Cabildeo Ciudadano.” Microjuris, June 16, 2017.
Robles, Huascar, host. “PR Artists Disrupt NYC: A Bilingual Episode.” Catatonia, 28 March, 2018. Huascar Robles.
Minton, Anna. “What I want from our cities in 2015: public spaces that are truly public.” The Guardian, 30 Dec. 2014.
Minton, Anna. “The reconfiguration of London is akin to social cleansing.” The Guardian, 27 March, 2013.
Douala-Bell, Marilyn and Lucia Babina. Douala in Translation: A View of the City and its Creative Transformative Potentials. Episode Publishing, 2008.
Deborah Treisman, “Edwidge Danticat on her Caribbean Immigrant Experience.” The New Yorker, May 7, 2018.
Michiko Kakutani, “Edwidge Danticat Wrestles with Death, in Life and in Art,” New York Times, June 26, 2017.
“Drawing the Line: meet the Romanian artist-activist tackling world crises one cartoon at a time.” The Calvert Journal, 5 January 2016.
“Dan Perjovschi, WHAT HAPPENED TO US?, At MoMA (Part 1).” YouTube, uploaded by The Museum of Modern Art, 25 April 2007.
Petrešin-Bachelez, Nataša. “Innovative Forms of Archives, Part 1: Exhibitions, Events, Books, Museums, and Lia Perjovschi’s Contemporary Art Archive.” e-flux journal, no. 13, February 2010.
“Living Underground / Lia Perjovschi.” YouTube, uploaded by Stanica/Nova synagoga, 10 September, 2010.
Perjovschi, Lia. “Atelier Archives to Come: Survival Strategies.” Vimeo, uploaded by European Dancehouse Network, 3 November, 2016.
Archipelagoes Of Resistance: Activism, Art And Social Struggles In Miami, The Caribbean, Latin America And Beyond
How effective are activists and social movements in making Miami a more inclusive, ecologically resilient, socially just, and democratic city? What similar struggles are taking place in the Carribean, the Global South and what is their impact globally? This section focuses on sites of resistance, instances of engagement, and solidarity within communities, as well as tools and strategies affecting positive change in response to a range of tough challenges.
Amaya-Akkermans, Arie, “Santiago Roose: Barbarism, Globalization and Architecture in Latin America.” Sfaq, 31 December, 2014.
McGuirk, Justin. Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a Ne Architecture. London; New York, Verso, 2015. Print.
Price, Rachel. Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture and the Future of the Island. London; New York. Verso, 2015. Print.
Rivera, Fredo. “How Queers and Latinos Helped Make Miami an Art Capital,” The Advocate, 4 December, 2017.
“UN Expert Hits Hard on Police Repression of Black Lives Matter Protesters & Other US Activists.” Community Justice Project, 28 July, 2016.
Ahmad Abuznaid, et al., “Stand Your Ground” Laws: International Human Rights Law Implications, 68 U. Miami L. Rev. 1129, 2014.
“Climate Change and the Threat to Miami: Panel Conversation at ComNet17.” Vimeo, uploaded by The Communications Network, 2017.
Simmons, Robbin. “Community calls for end to gun violence at Liberty City vigil.” News Miami, 14 April, 2018.
Nixon, Angelique V. 2017. “Sex/Work/Trade in the Caribbean: Challenging Human Trafficking Discourses.” Social and Economic Inquiry. Volume 65, Issue 4.
Meissner, Doris, et. al. “Immigration Enforcement in the United States: The Rise of a Formidable Machinery.” Migration Policy Institute, January, 2013. Florida Immigrant Coalition.
100 Resilient Cities. “Urban Resilience Prospectus: Latin America and the Caribbean.” Medium, June, 2018.