Schedule

 

Thursday, October 13

 

7:00PM – 10:00PM //
Kick-off Party, co-hosted by Transformer

Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave SW

Special Performance by Martha Wilson (as Donald Trump)
Live musical performance by the Gogo Allstars, Featuring Michelle Blackwell
DJ Sets by DJ Baby Alcatraz & DJ Name Names
Creative icebreakers by artists Carolina Mayorga & Paul Shortt
Food Trucks

 

 

Day One: Friday, October 14

 

 

Presentations and performances at the Lincoln Theatre

 

10:00 AM //
INTRODUCTIONS

Katie Hollander
Arthur Espinoza, Jr.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Nato Thompson

 

 

10:35 AM //
SECTION 1: OCCUPY POWER

What would it mean for a grassroots social justice movement to actually take power? What would be required to turn resistance into revolution? Presenters in this section are reevaluating current political structures to produce radical alternatives and redistributions of power.

Keynote: Haneen Zoabi
Jonas Staal
Peter Svarzbein
Liberate Tate
Keyti and Xuman (Journal Rappé)
 

11:55 AM //
REPORT FROM: SYRIA

SouriaLi Radio (Video)

 

12:05 PM //
IN CONVERSATION: DEAR AMERICA

Waris Ahluwalia and Nato Thompson
 

 

12:30 PM //
VIDEO: CAN I JUMP?

Khaled Jarrar (CULTURUNNERS)
 

 

12:40 PM //
KEYNOTE

Hans Ulrich Obrist with Eileen Myles: The Case for Nonsense

A century ago, at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, a subversive anti-art movement was founded in response to the devastation of what would be World War I. Dadaism used the absurd and the irrational to critique the unreasonable politics of the time. Upon the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Dada, this series embraces the irrational as a productive political space.

 

 

1:10 PM //
ARTIST LUNCH

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy

Get your daily serving of edible art with “the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective,” who will be screen printing political messages for you to fill with your favorite ingredients.

 

 

2:30 PM //
PERFORMANCE

Step Afrika!

 

 

2:40 PM //
SECTION 2: DO IT YOURSELF

As this Summit finds itself in the birthplace of DC hardcore — a punk movement of the early 1980s with a DIY ethos — this section offers an opportunity to highlight cultural practices that produce their own economic reality.

Keynote: Ian MacKaye
Marina Moscoso Arabía, Sofia Unanue & Cynthia Burgos López (CASA TAFT 169 & La Maraña)
Eva Barois De Caevel
Jun Yang
JKE (Crew Peligrosos)
 

4:00 PM //
REPORT FROM: WASHINGTON, DC

E. Ethelbert Miller

 

 

4:10 PM //
BREAK

 

 

4:25 PM //
VIDEO: O ABUSO DA HISTÓRIA

Héctor Zamora
 

 

4:30 PM //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Elissa Blount-Moorhead & Arthur Jafa (TNEG™)
 

4:40 PM //
SECTION 3: UNDER SIEGE

In the last few years several international social movements have fought to bring inequities and systematic violence into the foreground of public discourse. Now, protest battle cries such as “I can’t breathe,” “Non, Merci,” and “Water is Life” have become part of our vernacular. This section invites artists and activists to discuss their work pertaining to communities facing immediate threat.

Keynote: Alicia Garza
Sheila Pree Bright
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective)
Mary Kathryn Nagle
 

6:00 PM //
CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

6:30 – 8:30 PM //
HAPPY HOUR

@ Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St, NW

Featuring Executive Order Karaoke with Finishing School

 

 

 

Day 2: Saturday, October 15

 

 

Presentations and performances at the Lincoln Theatre

 

10:00 AM //
INTRODUCTION

 

 

10:10 AM //
SECTION 4: QUEER AND NOW

As queerness continues to challenge normative binaries and contemporary assumptions about gender and sexuality, so queerness itself is subject to ongoing interrogation. This section celebrates the leaders and artists whose work at the forefront of constructing queerness provides us with new ways of imagining ourselves.

Keynote: Vaginal Davis
Andrea Bowers
Ryan Hammond
Patricia Ariza
Sheldon Scott

 

 

11:30 AM //
REPORT FROM: UKRAINE

Anna Hutsol, FEMEN

 

 

11:40 AM //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Janani Balasubramanian

 

 

11:50 AM //
VIDEO

Excerpt from Political Advertisement IX 1952–2016 by Muntadas and Reese
 

 

12:00 PM //
PERFORMANCE

Voices of a People’s History of the United States
Anthony Arnove, Director
Deva Mahal
Hari Kondabolu
Wallace Shawn
Laura Gómez
Staceyann Chin
 

 

12:30 PM //
LUNCH

Ethiopian Feast

Enjoy a sampling of local Ethiopian food and learn about the significance of this community – the largest outside of east Africa – in DC’s cultural fabric.

 

 

2:00 PM //
VIDEO

Adel Abidin, Love Song #3 (excerpt from the video installation Three Love Songs, 2010)
 

 

2:05 PM //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Gelitin

 

 

2:15 PM //
SECTION 5: ENTER THE ANTHROPOCENE

The mid-20th century saw the beginning of a new epoch on Earth: the Anthropocene, characterized by the geographical and environmental changes made by humans. This section invites scientists, artists, and activists to speak for the true protagonist in the drama of human rights and survival: planet Earth.

Keynote: May Boeve/350.org
Newton Harrison
Terike Haapoja
Nut Brother

 

 

3:35 PM //
REPORT FROM: FLINT, MICHIGAN

Melissa Mays, Water You Fighting For

 

 

3:45 PM //
BREAK

 

 

4:00 PM //
VIDEO AND DEMONSTRATION: SHIT WARS

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung

 

 

4:10 PM //
PERFORMANCE: DEBATES ON DIVISION

Gluklya and Anna Bitkina

 

 

4:30 PM //
SECTION 6: TROUBLED DEMOCRACY

Looming in the background of this year’s Summit is the specter and reality of the US election. This section explores the complexities of representation, democracy, and global responsibility. Given the international impact of our national decision, whose rights and interests are politicians really speaking for?

Keynote: Thomas Frank
Pedro Reyes
Hank Willis Thomas & Eric Gottesman (For Freedoms)
@KhalidAlbaih
Carrie Mae Weems

 

 

5:50 PM //
CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

6:30 PM //
EVENING EVENTS

Cocktails at The Corcoran
500 17th St NW, Washington, DC
 

Open Studios at Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

 

 

 

Day Three: Sunday, October 16

 

 

Breakout Sessions at The Corcoran

Co-organized with Provisions Library

 

On day three of the Summit, attendees and presenters are invited into a more intimate space of exchange. These sessions cover an array of thematic content from mural making in Tehran and DC, to poetry with incarcerated youth, and skateboarding in Palestine, while allowing participants to learn, debate, and network in smaller groups. Sessions take the form of small group discussions, workshops, and field trips.

Please sign up for only one group per time slot.

 

10:00 AM //
PERFORMANCE

Sheldon For DC: Our Culture. Our Future.
Campaign Rally and Performance Organized by Washington Project for the Arts and Sheldon Scott
 

11:30 AM //
SESSION 1

 

Discussions

Making Murals in Washington and Tehran

Led by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Nancee Lyons (Murals DC), Mazi Mutafa (Words, Beats & Life), and Cita Sadeli (CHELOVE)

 

Tubman Table: Locating the Power of Baltimore’s Cultural Producers

Led by Amy Sherald

 

On the Unionization of Art Schools

Led by Andrea Bowers

 

No One Works Best on an Empty Stomach: The Labor of Art

Led by Bruce McKaig

 

Territorial Recovery: An International Coalition

Led by Fiona Hillary

 

Which Power to Occupy?

Led by Jonas Staal

 

Hip-hop and Shifting Roles for the African Artist

Led by Journal Rappé

 

National Museums, Local Artists: A Discourse

Led by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Adriel Luis, and Sheldon Scott

 

Exploring the Force Majeure, Manifesto for the 21st Century

Led by Newton Harrison

 

Fostering an Ecology of Practices: Intersections of Art and Science

Led by Nicola Triscott, JD Talasek, Adrian Cerezo, Mary Miss, and Changwoo Ahn

 

Aesthetics and Efficacy: An Evaluative Framework for ‘Arts for Change’

Led by Pam Korza (Americans for the Arts) and Jessica Solomon (Art in Praxis)

 

Art School / Field School: Democratizing Arts Education through Locational and Community Practices

Led by Sanjit Sethi (Corcoran School of Art & Design) and Richard Saxton (M12 STUDIO and University of Colorado, Boulder)

 

Case Study: Losing the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Led by Jayme McLellan, Joseph Orzal, Camila Rondon, and Johab Silva

 

Workshops

Weaponizing Art + Culture: Organizing with Artists, Arting with Organizers, and Cultural Organizing for Black Liberation

Led by Omolara Williams & Tanya Bernard

Occurred during Sessions 1 and 2

 

After the Debates: Utopian Clothing Reflection and Construction Workshop

Led by Gluklya + Anna Bitkina

 

Field Trips

Museums, Fossil Fuels, and Culture: A Walking Tour

Led by Mel Evans, Hayley Newman, and Kevin Smith of Liberate Tate

 

Raising the Underground

Led by Julian Hunt, Craig Cook, Philippa Hughes, and David Ross of Dupont Underground

Occurred during Sessions 1 and 3

 

Collective Movement Workshop on the Mall

Led by Robby Herbst

Occurred during Sessions 1 and 2

 

Finding a Line: Community-Based Skatepark and Art Project

Led by Ben Ashworth

Off-site near Union Market and Open 12-5

 

Pushing Boarders: Skateboarding and Self-Development

Led by Maen Hammad

Occurred off-site at Finding a Line (see more above)

 

CULTURUNNERS Mobile Excursion

CULTURUNNERS’ mobile conversation space will be serving as a shuttle between the Corcoran and Finding A Line (See Above), departing from the Corcoran at 11:15 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, and 3:15 PM.

 

 

12:30 PM //
LUNCH

Lunch on Day 3 is not provided.
 

2:00 PM //
SESSIONS 2 and 3

2:00 to 3:00 PM and 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Discussions, workshops, and field trips in Session 2 repeated in Session 3 unless otherwise noted.

 

Discussions

What is the State of Gender Equality Within the Arts?

Hosted by Hamiltonian Artists and ArtTable DC

 

DC Nonfiction Filmmaking and Storytelling in the 51st State

Organized by Giovanna Chesler and Dawne Langford
Featuring Producers, Directors, and Editors including Brandon Kramer, Melissa Regan, N’Jeri Eaton, Jon Goff, Heather Courtney, Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, Jason Osder, Melissa Bisagni, Maura Ugarte, Montre Aza Missouri, Angelica Das and Leena Jayaswal

Occurred only during Session 2

 

Engagement and Alliance-Building in the Undocumented Youth Movement

Led by Andy Fernandez

 

A Woman In Politics

Led by Anna Hutsol

Occurred only during Session 3

 

Political Content: Black Art from the “Mecca”

Led by Carol Dyson

 

Rethinking Democratic Decision-Making

Led by Carmen Montoya

 

#DisplacementFreeZone: Equitable Economic Development

Led by Kymone Freeman

 

Who Constructs the Future? Creativity, Participation, and Democracy in Our Communities

Led by Matthew Slaats

 

Obscured Vision: Contexts, Publics, and Artists of Color

Led by Niama Safia Sandy

 

Cultural Strategy Development and the Role of Cultural Producers in Broad-based Movement Building

Led by members of Oak Hill

 

How Did We Make It Work? The 2000s in Future Retrospect

Led by Terike Hapooja

Occurred only during Session 2

 

Workshops

I Want a President…(a collective reading)

Led by Saisha Grayson and Natalie Campbell

 

Writing the Social

Led by Gretchen Coombs

 

On the Same Page UNITED: Poetry readings with Free Minds Poet Ambassadors

Led by Tara Libert (Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop)

 

How to Fight an Internet Shutdown

Led by Matt Mitchell

 

How to Listen to Survivors Stories with FORCE and Gather Together

Led by Rebecca Nagle, Saida Agostini, Ama Chandra, Rachael London, Melani Douglass

 

Field Trips

Explore 23rd Century U Street with Future Cartographic Society

Led by Erik Moe

 

 

5:30 PM //
PERFORMANCE

I Want a President…(a collective reading – DC) organized by Natalie Campbell & Saisha Grayson