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CAN SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER UNRAVEL

 

THE AGE OF DISILLUSION WE FIND OURSELVES IN?

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.
 
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.
 

 
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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

 
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14
Kick-Off Party
 
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15
Presentations at The Great Hall, Cooper Union
Summit X Dinners at satellite venues across NYC
 
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16
Summit X Sessions at Cooper Union and venues in the East Village
 
Full schedule coming soon.
 

SUMMIT X STAGE

LARA BALADI
JOSH BEGLEY
ARUNA D’SOUZA
STEPHANIE DINKINS
YOUSRA ELBAGIR

ABIGAIL ECHO-HAWK
LÉULI ESHRAGHI
JEREMY O. HARRIS
MARISA MORÁN JAHN
CHRIS KRAUS

KIA LABEIJA
VICTORIA LOMASKO
LARISSA SANSOUR
LAUREN WOODS

SETTING THE STAGE WITH CHRISTOPHER MYERS

 
The annual Creative Time Summit stage commission enlists the creative vision and interpretation of the Summit’s thematic aims by an artist. Inspired by the evolution over the last decade of Summit convenings, Christopher Myers will incorporate his rich and vibrant tapestries that evoke historical narratives into the stage design.
 
Christopher Myers is an artist and writer who lives in New York, and is widely acclaimed for his literature for young people, including titles such as H.O.R.S.E, Firebird, and My Pen. He has also lectured and exhibited internationally, including at Fort Gansevoort, the Kochi Biennial, MoMA PS1, and The Studio Museum Harlem.
 

SUMMIT X DINNERS

 
Fostering communal spaces where attendees can refuel, relax, and get to know each other after a full day of presentations, Summit X Dinners are a program of dinner activations taking place across the city. Organized and hosted by local artists and organizations, Summit X Dinners range in cuisine, format, venue, and intimacy, yet all speak to the Summit’s themes. Dinners will require advance registration and take place Friday evening.
 
Full schedule coming soon.
 

SUMMIT X SESSIONS

 
Summit X Sessions are a full day of highly interactive events geared towards engaged and alternative learning. Led by artists, organizations, collectives, and grass-roots movements, Summit X Sessions take various creative formats and include walking tours, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, training sessions, interactive performances, film screenings, and other community driven, strategy focused formats. Sessions have been selected through an open call process, whilst others have been organized by the Creative Time team and are intended to offer spaces for exchange and share practical tactics that make creative praxis possible.
 
Over 30 sessions are available for attendees to take part in and will be led by: Adelaide Matthew Dicken, Adriene Jenik, A.L Steiner, American Indian Community House, Andrew S. Vargas, Ariana Jacob, Art in Ad Places, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Carlos Motta, Damali Abrams, Darija Medic, The Death Panel, Dipti Desai, Eli Brown, Forward Union, Gretchen Coombs, Jas Lujan, Jessica Hamlin, Julia Meltzer, Kayhan Irani, Laura Allcorn, Lisa Moren, Maria Hupfield, Michael Hof, Mihaela Dragan, Molly Crabapple, Monument Lab, Mykola Ridnyi, National Coalition Against Censorship, Nato Thompson, Pelenakeke Brown, Rashida Bumbray, Shane Aslan Selzer and VisualAids, Sheetal Prajapati, Situ Research, Small Data Industries, Taeyoon Choi, Theodore (ted) Kerr, Tiffany Jones and City as School 2019 interns, UltraViolet Archive, Viva Ruiz from Thank God for Abortion, 8-Ball Community Inc.
 
Full schedule coming soon.

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.
 
This three part book surveys socially engaged cultural practices that address 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, Creative Time’s latest publication offers a review of the 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

 

PAST DISCUSSIONS

 
SPEAKING TRUTH | MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7PM
Hosted by New Lab
Tega Brain & Morehshin Allahyari moderated by Amy Goodman
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SPEAKING TRUTH | ECONOMICS & SOVEREIGNTY
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7PM
Hosted by Abrons Arts Center
Andrea Carlson & Zina Saro-Wiwa moderated by Gregory Sholette
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SPEAKING TRUTH | HEALTH & GENDER
Monday, September 23, 2019 at 7PM
Hosted by The Center
Theodore (ted) Kerr, Malaya Mañacop & Dr. John Steever
Moderated by Tai Jacob

Watch the video
Transcript coming soon.

 

 

Lead support for the 2019 Creative Time Summit: Speaking Truth has been generously provided by The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.
 
Venue support for Speaking Truth | Summit X is provided by The Cooper Union.
 
In-kind support generously provided by The Center, Abrons Arts Center and New Lab.
 
The official hotel partner for the 2019 Creative Time Summit is Sister City, a new hotel in the Bowery for travelers in New York.
 
The Creative Time Summit’s LiveStream is generously supported by Facebook Artist in Residence.
 
Creative Time’s 2019 photography partner is BFA.
 
Creative Time programming support for 2019 is 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