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Truth and its nature have long been foundational to the pursuit of artistic expression and understanding. Legendary science fiction author Octavia E. Butler held truth central to her work, “Clarity and truth will be plenty, if I can only achieve them.” Prominent poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou believed that “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”
 
As fierce debates about the nature of truth rage on globally, Speaking Truth | Summit X explores radical truth-telling and its implications, manifestations, potentialities, and challenges across disparate yet interconnected fields. The central question we pose at this year’s convening is:
 

CAN SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER UNRAVEL

 

THE AGE OF DISILLUSION WE FIND OURSELVES IN?

 
Our relation to truth is complex, intersectional, and urgent. Public intellectuals have argued that the society of the 2010s is one in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between the factual and the imagined, reality, and simulacra. What is the nature of truth as we now see it presented as a subjective rather than objective condition? How has the growing distrust of the media, institutions, and authorities affected our ability to distinguish between the real and the fake? And how have artists responded in turn?
 
These questions are being addressed throughout the Summit by those working within proliferating technology and the dark side of automatization and surveillance, global health through the lens of gender and class inequality, self-determination of those serving invisible economies, Indigenous populations asserting sovereignty in the face of erasure, as well as the media at the nexus of fictions, facts and deceptions. The Summit aims to be a mirror reflecting and magnifying the peculiarities of the post-truth condition, as well as a forum of debate that can offer audiences an unparalleled opportunity to better understand the cultural and political situation, while convening to envision the future.
 
2019 is a milestone year for the Summit, as we mark 10 years of the convening by returning to New York City, where it first began. Gathering at The Great Hall, Cooper Union where the second ever Summit was held in 2010, acknowledges the Summit’s history and the hall’s legacy as a locus for debate, political action, and truth-telling. Upon founding The Cooper Union, Peter Cooper said, “I trust the young will here catch the inspiration of truth in all its native power and beauty, and find in it a source of inexpressible pleasure to spread its transformed influence throughout the world.” We are honored to take the stage at The Great Hall and activate the East Village, a nexus for generations of grassroots organizing and action, and look forward to welcoming you in November.
 

 

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

 
Are you an artist, activist, or organizer, and want to propose programming for Speaking Truth | Summit X – proposals are being accepted for two areas of programming that are designed to expand Friday’s presentations, bring new urgencies into focus, and offer alternative formats for knowledge exchange, discussion, and learning. Proposals due August 5!
 
Click here to find out more.

 

UPCOMING

 

FINAL DISCUSSION: SPEAKING TRUTH | HEALTH & GENDER

 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7pm
Details & Tickets Coming Soon
 

SPEAKING TRUTH | SUMMIT X

 
November 14 – 16, 2019
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
+ satellite venues across New York City
Early Bird Passes Available Now
 
Speaking Truth | Summit X is a multi-day convening that fosters meaningful exchange through a range of programming. Your Summit pass includes access to Thursday’s opening celebration, where you can mix and mingle with speakers and other attendees; Friday’s wide-reaching, moving, and deeply thought provoking talks from local and global artists, activists, and thought leaders at The Great Hall; Friday evening’s selection of dinners across the city, and Saturday’s mix of workshops, small group conversations, and hands-on learning opportunities led by artists and organizations.
 

SPEAKERS

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE BOOK

 

MAKING ANOTHER WORLD POSSIBLE:

 

10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects

 

 

Edited by Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson. Published by Routledge.

Coming this November, a three part book will take stock of socially engaged cultural practices dealing with the urgencies of contemporary social movements. Complete with a selected timeline of socially engaged art since the end of WW2 by Russian collective Chto Delat, the book offers a review of current state of the field, a dive into ten global issues through commissioned essays, and showcases one hundred inspiring artistic projects from around the world.
 
PRE-ORDER HERE
 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
SPEAKING TRUTH | SUMMIT X
November 14 – 16
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
+ satellite venues across NYC
Passes available here
Early bird discount until August 1!
 
SPEAKING TRUTH | HEALTH & GENDER
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7PM
Event details & tickets coming soon
 

PAST DISCUSSIONS

 
SPEAKING TRUTH | MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7PM
Hosted by New Lab
Tega Brain & Morehshin Allahyari moderated by Amy Goodman
Watch the video
Read the transcript

 
SPEAKING TRUTH | ECONOMICS & SOVEREIGNTY
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7PM
Hosted by Abrons Arts Center
Andrea Carlson & Zina Saro-Wiwa moderated by Gregory Sholette
Watch the video
Read the transcript
 

 

 

Lead support for the 2019 Creative Time Summit has been generously provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
 
Venue support for Speaking Truth | Summit X is provided by The Cooper Union.
 
In kind support generously provided by Abrons Arts Center and New Lab.
 
Major Creative Time programming support for 2019 has been provided by The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Athena Art Finance Corp., the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Charina Endowment Fund.
 
The official hotel partner for the 2019 Creative Time Summit is Sister City, a new hotel in the Bowery for travelers in New York.