Summit Video Highlights
Check out some of our favorite talks from Summits through the years!
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Watch Lucy Lippard‘s “Location/Dislocation,” providing her insightful, learned perspectives on art and space in urban and rural environments.
Chido Govera talks about her definition of passion and how she has applied it to mushroom cultivation and education, empowering others.
Artist Chen Shaoxiong describes his collaborative project Xijing Olympics, one of the Xijing Men’s many projects that uses that uses art, humor, and political commentary to discuss contemporary issues in and between China, Japan, and Korea.
Keynote speaker Slavoj Žižek challenges us to examine how our desire for social change can sometimes be misaligned with the way we rationalize and attempt to remedy the inequities that create this desire.
Economic injustice in Spain is no reason to throw a dance party—or is it? Leónidas Martín proves that sometimes such tactics can be used as successful forms of resistance, capitalizing on the element of surprise while keeping a large movement energized and connected to the cause.
Laura Poitras discusses her recent films, which penetrate the shrouded stories of Guantanamo, the Utah Data Storage Unit, and post 9/11 paranoia, and utilize the humanity embedded in them to emotionally implicate her viewers.
MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES
Mierle Laderman-Ukeles recites the manifesto she wrote as a young 30-year-old artist, after which she launched her career of “maintenance art” that challenged societal notions of what art should be.
CHEMI ROSADO SEIJO
Artist Chemi Rosado Seijo approached El Cerro, a neglected Puerto Rican village, with a plan to unify the members simply by painting houses. The now decade-long project has created a sense of tradition and pride to the citizens, while also affecting the passerby.
DAN S. WANG
Dan S. Wang recounts the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising and its connections to global movements of Tahrir Square and occupations.
EATING IN PUBLIC
Eating in Public challenges the common notion of government created “public” as inherently good, while using artistic interventions to call to our attention the true commonality that is lost in its making.
Superflex‘s Bjørnstjerne Christiansen discussed the Danish collective’s ongoing project Guarana Power, a collaboration with the Guarana farmers in the Brazilian Amazon to produce a soft drink from the local seed, a commonly used ingredient in mass produced energy drinks.
THE INTERNATIONAL ERRORIST
The International Errorist presents examples of how their darkly humorous street actions, including the protest of President Bush’s 2005 visit to Argentina, have contributed to a global movement from Mexico to Japan.
Internationally renowned curator Okwui Enwezor asks us to consider documentary photography’s relationship to violence, and its link not only to the subject, but to “an entire apparatus of social perception.”
Thomas Hirschhorn presents his 2009 project The Bijlmer Spinoza-Festival. A sculpture based on the form of Spinoza’s book The Ethics, the work also functioned as a public platform for lectures, workshops, and performances created in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Bijlmer neighborhood.
In Mel Chin’s performative lecture, he explains the dire state of lead pollution in New Orleans and updates us on Operation Paydirt and the Fundred Dollar Bill Project–initiatives he launched in 2006 that have since enlisted tens of thousands of citizens in the fight against lead poisoning.