About the Creative Time Summit
Artists have always raised their voices to speak truth to power, and have never been more important than at this moment in history, when social movements are erupting around the world. At Creative Time, we believe that artists are truly change agents, with the ability to affect society for the better.
Each year, the Creative Time Summit explores the many ways in which artists are tackling the world’s most challenging social and political issues. Innovative artists, activists, writers, and curators take the Summit stage to present bold new strategies for social change to a global audience. Since its inception six years ago, the Summit has seen hundreds of luminaries–from famed philosopher Slavoj Žižek, to legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, artist Rick Lowe, and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, to name only a few–present their unflinching visions to thousands live in the theatre and online.
In 2009, When the Summit first launched to a jam-packed room at the New York Public Library, it was the first major platform through which people working at the confluence of art and social justice could share their work and forge meaningful connections with one another. The Summit has since grown into the leading conference where presenters and audience members meet and collaborate on strategies for changing our world. The need for this forum as both a critical and social space is clear and the Summit has been met with ever-increasing enthusiasm. Described as “visionary” by The New York Times, the conference has inspired over 5,000 live attendees and thousands more who watch via Livestream or at one of the 70+ international Screening Sites, located in places ranging from Kathmandu to Melbourne. And we aren’t slowing down anytime soon–in 2014 we are thrilled to take on a major international partnership with the Public Art Agency Sweden, which will co-host the Summit at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm this November.
In order to build our global community, we are trying something completely new: We’re taking the Summit on the road! We could not be more excited to hit the road this year, landing in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 14-15! We know this leap will be significant, helping us to deepen our international connections and introduce us to new trailblazers working at the intersection of art and social justice.
We have been dreaming about taking the Summit abroad since it began back in 2009, and determining our first location was no easy decision. Ultimately, what mattered to us most was finding a partner who shared our passion for exploring the intersection of art and social change. We found this and more when we were introduced to Public Art Agency Sweden, led by Magdalena Malm, who throughout her impressive career has shared Creative Time’s vision of pushing the boundaries of the way art is experienced in public space. Learn more about Stockholm and Public Art Agency Sweden below.
At Summit: Stockholm, as artists share their boundary-pushing work at Stockholm’s fabulous Kulturhuset, they will unpack the ways in which the financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures have radicalized segments of the population, leading to protest, activism, and a push for immigrant rights, as well as to a rise in nationalism and xenophobia. The Summit will tackle these themes as they are manifested not only in Europe, but also globally. Our partnership with Public Art Agency Sweden is a timely one, providing the opportunity to bring artists, activists, and politicians together to debate and propose solutions to these pressing issues.
While we hope our New York family will join us on this journey (check back soon for hotel deals and tips for finding cheap flights to Stockholm), we also want to reassure you that we will be back in 2015, bigger, better, and with a few hundred new Swedish friends!
Meet the Stockholm Team
Head of Public Relations
Communications Officer and Production Assistant
Fun Facts About Stockholm and Sweden
- Stockholm has the world’s longest “public art collection,” occupying 90 out of 100 underground metro stations
- The capital is also one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world, with around 100 museums, visited by millions of people every year.
- Sweden has the highest proportion of personal computers per capita in Europe, with 500 P.C.’s per 1,000 people
- Sweden has been the site of several famous art heists. In 1993 burglars stole six works by Picasso and two by Georges Braque, worth about $66 million, from Stockholm’s Moderna Museet by using a method copied from the 1955 French film Rififi.
- Sweden is home to the world’s first Ice Hotel, located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. If you can’t make the journey, you can always visit the ICEBAR in Stockholm for an extra-cold cocktail!
- Biomass has passed oil as the top source for energy generation. We have some catching up to do here in the US!
- Stockholm is home to The SUPERMARKET, an annual international art fair overseen exclusively by and for artist-run art spaces and initiatives.
- Parks and gardens make up a third of Stockholm!
- In Sweden, the seasons are determined according to consistency of weather. It is considered fall when the temperature has been below 50°F for over a week, and winter is declared when it drops below 32°F.
Articles we are reading about the art, politics, and other current events in and around Sweden:
- The Swedish Riots: What Really Happened?
- Stockholm Activist Collective, Strengthened After Firebombing
- The ins and the outs: Immigration and growing inequality are making the Nordics less homogeneous
- Conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on immigration backlash
- Sweden’s March Into Oblivion
- Riots put Sweden’s open-door immigration policy in spotlight
- Responding to Multiculturalism: Border Control – The Last Battle of the European Nation State?
- Maria Lind speaking about the Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, where she has been Director since January 2011.
- President Obama visit Stockholm, Sweden – Artists covered the city’s statues with orange
- Activists paint rainbow crosswalk at Russian embassy in Sweden
- Sweden’s Closet Racists
- Toys R Us’s Stockholm superstore goes gender neutral