The 2017 Creative Time Summit Reader is a compilation of resources designed to be read in conversation with the presentations and conversations that took place at the Summit. The reader has been put together by the Summit’s curatorial and production teams. We hope that the books, articles, videos and projects below will provide useful context to the Summit 2017 themes for our audience around the world. The Reader features works by this year’s speakers as well as other eminent artists, activists and scholars. Where possible, our priority has been to seek out links to entirely free and downloadable resources including critical and creative articles in popular press, Youtube videos and talks, as well as open access academic writings.
Beyond extractive capitalism, we may imagine multiple material, social, affective and spiritual relations to ‘land.’ Presenters in this section address themes of colonialist and capitalist accumulation by dispossession; indigenous land epistemologies; environmental justice in a more-than-human world; and questions of refugeeism, hospitality, borders and belonging.
Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Aunt Lute Books, 1999.
Barker, Adam J. “Already occupied: Indigenous peoples, settler colonialism and the Occupy movements in North America.” Social Movement Studies 11.3-4, 2012.
Balibar, Etienne. Migrations, Citizenship and the Limits of Territoriality, lecture at Former West Conference, 2008.
T.J. Demos. “The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis.” Duke University Press, Durham 2013.
Ghosh, Amitav. “Climate Change is like Death. No One Wants to Talk About It.” (On climate change and the literary imaginary.” The Guardian. 08 September 2016.
Helmore, Edward (on Tanya Fields). “One community garden at a time, how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice.” The Guardian. 12 June 2017.
LaDuke, Winona. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life. Haymarket Books, 2016 (First edition published in 1999).
Lyons, Scott Richards. “Migrations/Removals (Introduction)” pp. 1-34. From X-marks: Native Signatures of Assent. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Manuel, Arthur, Grand Chief M. Derrickson, Forward by Naomi Klein. Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call. Between the Lines, 2015.
McMaster, Gerald, Wanda Nanibush and Charles Esche. Daniels Public Lecture, University of Toronto. “Global Indigenous?” 5 April 2016.
Mignolo, Walter. Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking. Princeton University Press, 2012.
Postcommodity. Walker Art Sightlines Op-ed. “2043: No Es Un Sueño (on the US-Mexico borderlands)”. 6 March, 2017.
Roy, Arundhati, Mohsin Hamid, Orhan Pamuk et al. “The Turmoil of Today’s World: Leading Writers respond to the Refugee Crisis.” The Guardian 12 September 2015.
Simpson, Audra. Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. “Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society 3:3 (2014).
Trinh, T. Minh Ha. Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Williams, Patricia. “Burning Down the House: Trump’s climate policy ignores our impending—and shared—global disaster.” 15 June 2017.
Passmore, Kevin. “Fascism Rebranded: How far right movements have rebranded extreme nationalism under the cover of liberal democratic ideals.” Slate.com. April
Precarity is a defining feature of late capitalism. Presenters in this section speak to the conditions of urban and rural marginality, austerity politics, anti-capitalist organizing and emergent modes of assembling, solidarity and collectivity.
Abbing, Hans, Janek Sowa & Michał Kozłowski, Adrienne Goehler, Ellen Blumenstein, Joanna Figiel & Stevphen Shukaitis, Kuba Szreder, Precarious Workers Brigade, W.A.G.E, “Neither working nor unworking: Contemporary politics of art and labour,” roundtable at Truth is Concrete marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art, 2012.
Aranda, Julieta, Wood, Brian Kuan, Vidokle Anton Eds., Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art, Sternberg Press, 2011.
Lazzarato, Maurizio. “The Misfortunes of the “Artistic Critique” and of Cultural Employment,” European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies Journal, 2007.
McRobbie, Angela, “Re-Thinking Creative Economy as Radical Social Enterprise,” Variant 41, Spring 2011.
Raunig, Gerald, Gene Ray and Ulf Wuggenig eds. Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the ‘Creative Industries’, MayFly Books, 2011.
Steyerl, Hito. If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms, E-flux #76 – October 2016.
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta “Strike for Women’s Rights–Sexual, Racial and Economic Justice are at Stake.” The Guardian. 8 March 2017.
Terranova, Tiziana. “Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy,” Social Text, 63 (Volume 18, Number 2), Summer 2000, pg. 33-58.
White, Gillian B. “Black Women: Supporting their Families with fewer Resources.” The Atlantic. 12 June 2017.
Love & Living
The realm of everyday practice is a space for resistance. Artists and storytellers in this section speak to the generative power of the ‘ordinary’ and of loving actions and affects. They consider how a radical politics of care; queer forms of kinship and worldmaking; and alternate modes of re-membering, witnessing and healing embody decolonial praxis.
Ahmed Sara and Jaskiran Dhillon. “Feminism must be lived: An interview with Sara Ahmed.” Truthout.org. 21 May 2017.
Diaz, Junot. “The Search for Decolonial Love” (An interview with Paula Moya). Boston Review. 26 June 2012.
Erickson-Schroth, Laura, ed. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Federici, Silvia. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle, PM Press, 2012.
Gopinath, Gayatri; Halberstam, Jack et. al. “Queer Utopia” (Responses to José Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity). Social Text.
Gunn, Paula Allen “The Ceremonial Motion of Indian Time: Long Ago, So far,” in American Indian Theater In Performance: A Reader. Ed. Jaye T. Darby and Hanay Geoigamah.
hooks, bell and George Yancy. “Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness.” Opinionator, The New York Times, December 10, 2015.
Howe, LeAnne. “Embodying Tribalography.” 5 May 2014 and Howe, LeAnne, “Embodiment and Native Theatrical Practice” 17 January 2015.
Nanibush, Wanda. “Love and Other Resistances: Responding to Kahnesatà:ke Through Artistic Practice,” This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades, Arbiter Ring Press, 2010.
Simpson, Leanne (with Tanaya Winder). “Falling Into Decolonial Love: An Interview with Leanne Simpson.” As Us. Issue 4: December 2014.
Smith, Linda Tuhiwai (Ngati Awa/Ngati Porou), “Colonizing Knowledges” pp. 91-108. From The Indigenous Experience: Global Perspectives Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., 2006.
Somerson, Elshiva Wendy. “Messy Beautiful Queers : Two Writers on Queer Kinship and Parenting” Bitch Media. 10 December 2015.
Robin D.G. Kelley, et al. “Black Art Matters: A Roundtable on Black Radical Imagination.” Redwedge Magazine. 26 July 2016.
Gay, Roxane with Carmen Maria Machado “Roxane Gay: Hunger Is a State of Being.” Guernica 26 June 2017.
Trinh T. Minh-ha (with Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa and Patricia Alvarez). “Forgetting Vietnam.” The Brooklyn Rail. 4 October 2016.
Now is the moment for transnational movements of solidarity, especially in the face of the global turn to the right. Presenters in this section address the politics and aesthetics of revolutionary praxis, the grammars of (neo) coloniality, and the possibilities for anti-capitalist organizing, anti-racist solidarity, and queer and trans liberation.
Artur Żmijewski, Pavel Arsenev, Krytyka polityczna, Ivan Brazhkin, Ilya Budraitskis, Chto Delat?, Pavel Mikitenko, Auditorium Moscow: Art and Activism, 2012
Alexander, Michelle. “Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow.” On Being with Krista Tippett 21 April 2016.
Bachetta, Paola and Marcelle Maese-Cohen. “Decolonial Praxis: Enabling Intranational and Queer Coalition Building” Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 18, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2010, pp. 147-192 (Article).
Butler, Judith (with Stephanie Berbec). “We are Worldless without One Another.” Versobooks.com. 30 June 2017.
Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. New York City: New Review Press, 2000.
Davis, Angela and Alicia Garza. “In Conversation across Generations.” Democracy Now. 23 January 2017.
Fraser, Nancy, Angela Davis, Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh. “Women of America: we’re going on Strike. Join us so Trump will see our Power.” The Guardian 6 February 2017.
Garza, Alicia, Cullors, Patrice et al. “An Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter,” TEDWomen, October 2016.
Mbembe, Achille. “Difference and Self Determination” Journal #80, March 2017. (This text is an excerpt from Critique of Black Reason by Achille Mbembe, translated by Laurent Dubois and published by Duke University Press in March 2017.)
Paulson, Steve. “Critical Intimacy: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2016.
Public Movement, “Staging Political Action.” Truth is Concrete (marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art). 2012.
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’: Revised Edition, from the ‘History’ Chapter of Critique of Postcolonial Reason.” Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea, edited by Rosalind C. Morris, Columbia University Press, 2010, pg. 21–78.
Thompson, Nato. Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life, Melville House, 2017.
Trinh T. Minh-ha. Woman Native Other. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.
Activism, Art & Social Struggles in Toronto & Ontario
How are Torontonians fighting the good fight at home? How effective are activists and social movements in making Toronto a more inclusive, socially just, and democratic city? This section focuses on sites of resistance, instances of engagement, and solidarity within communities, as well as tools and strategies from some outstanding Torontonians affecting positive change in response to a range of tough challenges.
Cronin, J. Keri and Kirsty Robertson, eds. Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada: Visual Culture. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
Ellis, Tim. “Lessons, Questions, and Scars: The Legacy of G20 Toronto.” Toronto Guardian. 11 July, 2017.
Gignac, Jiulien. “Toronto’s Indigenous activists raise awareness at Canada Day picnic.” TheStar.com. 1 July, 2017.
Kantor, Jodi and Catrin Einhorn. “Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.” The New York Times. 25 March 2017.
Kohn, Margaret. “Privatization and protest: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Toronto, and the occupation of public space in a democracy.” Perspectives on Politics 11.1, 2013.
Terry, Andrea. “Collaborative Performances of Resistance in Twenty-First Century Toronto: Occupy Toronto and The Encampment.” Journal of Canadian Studies 49.2, 2015.
Walcott, Rinaldo. “Black Lives Matter, police and Pride: Toronto Activists Spark a Movement.” The Conversation. 28 June 2017.
Parliament Hill Protesters Begin ‘Reoccupation Ceremony’ By Erecting Teepee. Huffington Post Canada. 29 June 2017.
Manuel, Arthur. “Aboriginal Rights as Economic Rights: Whose Land Is Canada Selling?” Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School, 6 Jan. 2017.
Fragoso, Alejandro Dávila. “Activists Just Disrupted Canada’s Tar Sands Pipelines into the United States.” ThinkProgress, ThinkProgress, 11 Oct. 2016.
Gottbrath, Laurin-Whitney. “Indigenous Groups Launch Protests to Resist Canada Day.” Canada News | Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera, 1 July 2017.
Kennedy, Merrit. “Canada To Launch Nationwide Investigation Into Murdered, Missing Aboriginal Women.” NPR, NPR, 17 Feb. 2016.
Todd, Douglas. “Douglas Todd: Many Syrian Refugees Struggling after 12 Months in Canada.” Vancouver Sun, 21 Apr. 2017.