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Summit Reader


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?





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?





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?


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.




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?


Douala-Bell, Marilyn and Lucia Babina. Douala in Translation: A View of the City and its Creative Transformative Potentials. Episode Publishing, 2008.
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.




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.