SESSION TWO | 1:00PM – 2:00PM


Led by A.L. Steiner, Rashida Bumbray, Carlos Motta, Nikolay Oleynikov, Nato Thompson


Note: No advance registration required. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Making Another World Possible: 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects (Routledge, 2019) is a three-part book, surveying 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 a showcase of one hundred inspiring projects from around the world. Join co-editor Nato Thompson and contributors to the book for a discussion celebrating its launch.
A.L. Steiner utilizes photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, writing, and curatorial work as seductive tropes to channeled the sensibility of a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and a frequent collaborator with other writers, performers, designers, activists, and artists.
Rashida Bumbray is the Senior Program Manager of the Arts Exchange, the Open Society Foundations’ Global Arts for Social Justice Initiative. Since joining in 2015, Bumbray has organized the Arts Forum: Art, Public Space, and Closing Societies and launched the Soros Arts Fellowship.
Carlos Motta’s multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. His work manifests in a variety of mediums, including video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia.
Nikolay Oleynikov is a St. Petersburg and NYC-based artist and activist, member of the Chto Delat collective, and the Arkady Kots band. Oleynikov is a co-creator and tutor at the School of Engaged Art (St. Petersburg), co-curator of Free Home University (South of Italy), and author of Sex of the Oppressed (Publication Studio, 2016).
Nato Thompson is the Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary. Before joining Philadelphia Contemporary, he worked at Creative Time as Chief Curator from 2007–2017. He was a curator at MASS MoCA from 2001–2007. Thompson is the co-editor of Making Another World Possible: 10 Creative Time Summit, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects.