Schedule

 

Schedule in formation and subject to change. Section times and speaker updates coming soon.

 

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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
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
Journal Rappé
 

 

11:55 AM //
STATEMENT: SYRIA

SouriaLi Radio (Video)
 

 

12:05 PM //
CONVERSATION

Waris Ahluwalia and Nato Thompson

 

 

12:30 PM //
KEYNOTE

Hans Ulrich Obrist: 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.

 

 

1:05 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
Jun Yang
Eva Barois De Caevel
CASA TAFT 169 (Marina Moscoso Arabía & Sofia Unanue)
JKE – Crew Peligrosos
 

 

4:00 PM //
STATEMENT: WASHINGTON, DC

E. Ethelbert Miller

 

 

4:10 PM //
BREAK

 

 

4:45 PM //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Elissa Blount-Moorhead & Arthur Jafa
 

 

4:55 PM //
SECTION 3: UNDER SIEGE

“Stop shooting!” “I can’t breathe.” Final words, like those of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, have become part of our vernacular in the past years: a result of several international social movements, which have fought to bring systematic violence into the foreground of public discourse. 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
 

 

6:15 PM //
CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

6:30 – 8:30 PM //
HAPPY HOUR

@ Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St, NW

 

 

 

Day 2: Saturday, October 15

 

 

Presentations and performances at the Lincoln Theatre

 

10:00 AM //
INTRODUCTION

 

 

10:10 AM //
PERFORMANCE

Voices of a People’s History of the United States

 

 

10:40 AM //
SECTION 4: QUEER AND NOW

As contemporary culture investigates its assumptions about gender and sexuality, it turns a critical eye onto its own structure. Queerness challenges the normative binary and destabilizes the notion of identity itself. 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

 

 

12:00 PM //
STATEMENT: UKRAINE

Anna Hutsol, FEMEN

 

 

12:10 PM //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Janani Balasubramanian, DarkMatter

 

 

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 //
THE CASE FOR NONSENSE

Gelitin

 

 

2:10 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
Brother Nut

 

 

3:35 PM //
SATEMENT: FLINT, MICHIGAN

Melissa Mays, Water You Fighting For

 

 

3:45 PM //
BREAK

 

 

4:00 PM //
VIDEO AND DEMO

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung

 

 

4:10 PM //
PERFORMANCE

Gluklya

 

 

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
Carrie Mae Weems
Khalid Albaih
Hank Willis Thomas & Eric Gottesman
Pedro Reyes

 

 

5:50 PM //
CLOSING STATEMENTS

 

 

6:30 PM //
HAPPY HOUR

@ The Corcoran

 

 

 

Day Three: Sunday, October 16

 

 

Sessions at The Corcoran

 

10:00 AM //
PERFORMANCE

Sheldon For DC Campaign Rally and Performance, Organized by Washington Project for the Arts
 

 

11:30 AM //
SESSION 1

 

 

12:30 PM //
LUNCH

 

 

2:00 PM //
SESSION 2

 

 

3:30 PM //
SESSION 3

 

 

5:30 PM //
PERFORMANCE

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