The 2019 Creative Time Summit Reader is a compilation of resources designed to be read in conversation with the presentations and discussions taking place throughout the convening. 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 2019 themes for not just our audience in New York City, but as well as for our community around the world. The Reader features works by this year’s speakers and other eminent artists, activists and scholars. Where possible, our priority has been to seek out quick 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.


In an age of total surveillance and freedom of expression increasingly under threat, what new forms of journalism can we imagine, which can engage with the actual kinetics of the networked world, where communities are actively engaging with each other? The first moderated discussion for the 2019 Summit program reveals ways in which cultural practitioners have sought to reshape digital and media environments, in a historical moment of low trust in our institutions, including the media. Speakers will address the impetus to forge connections and solidarity structures using new media technologies, as well as the necessity of supporting those who explore controversial ideas and conceive challenges to conventional wisdom.


Blas, Zach.
Informatic Opacity.
Posthuman Glossary, by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Brain, Tega.
The Environment Is Not a System.
A Peer-Reviewed Journal About, 2018.

Bridle, James.
Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to Fake News and Filter-Bubbles by David Sumpter – Review.
The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 1 Aug. 2018

Bridle, James.
Rise of the Machines: Has Technology Evolved beyond Our Control?
The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 15 June 2018.

Cohen, B. R.
Public Thinker: Siva Vaidhyanathan on Facebook and Other ‘Antisocial’ Media.
Public Books, 13 Mar. 2019.

Digicult, Redazione.
Entangled Realities – Living with Artificial Intelligence, Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture.

Jansen, Patty.
We Need a Much Bigger Impakt.
Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture.” Digicult.

Lavigne, Sam, and Tega Brain.
Simulating Enron.
Rhizome, Nov. 2016.

Lorenzin, Filippo.
Spread What Has Been Destroyed: Interview with Morehshin Allahyari.

Steyerl, Hito.
A Sea of Data: Apophenia and Pattern (Mis-)Recognition.
e-Flux Journal #72, Apr. 2016.

Steyerl, Hito.
How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File,


In this section, we will unpack the historical experiences of women who have had to grapple with the “trust gap,” that is, having their experiences overlooked or discounted in medical and scientific research. Speakers will focus on ways in which women’s well-being has been hampered by gender and racial disparities, which have prevented their voices from being heard. More, in this section, we will engage theoretically and intersectionally with relevant issues related to queer, feminist, racial, and health justice, also considering the current climate of world governments clamping down on accessibility and health care.

Arsanios, Marwa.
Who's Afraid of Ideology?
Ecofeminist Practices Between
Internationalism and Globalism.

E-Flux Journal #93, September, 2018.

ChoGlueck, Chris.
Hysterical Housewives, Radical Feminists,
and The Return of Expertise About The Pill.

The New Inquiry, 14 Mar. 2019.

Digicult, Redazione.
Producing Futures: An Exhibition on
Post-Cyber-Feminisms Digicult |
Digital Art, Design and Culture.

Digicult, 1 Mar. 2019.

Federici, Silvia.
Feminism And the Politics of the Commons.
The Commoner.

Fontana, Federica.
Female Empowerment Goes through
Bacteria. An Interview with Giulia Tomasello,
Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture.


Hall, Jake.
ContraPoints Is the Opposite of the Internet.
Vice, 9, April 2019.

Maggic, Marry, Creator.
Housewives Making Drugs.
Vimeo, 31 Mar. 2017.

Maggic, Mary, director.
Open Source Estrogen (2015) - M.A.G.G.I.C.
LEIPZIG, Germany., 2017.

Pivnik, Lee, and Hammond, Ryan.
Open Source Gendercodes.
ECOCORE, 12 June 2017.

Stoeffel, Kat.
Meet Janet Hyde, the Woman Behind
the First Feminist Biology Program.

The Cut, 9 May 2014.

Tonn, Jenna.
Radical Science, Feminism,
and the Biology of Determinism.

The New Inquiry, 21 December, 2018.

Wynn, Natalie, Creator.
Pronouns | ContraPoints.
YouTube, 2 Nov. 2018.


Globally, invisible economies and unrecognized labor, including reproductive labor, emotional labor, and sex work, are not only prevalent but define the way we think about work. How do we rethink the system to privilege these issues and make new, emancipatory politics? This section will also address the present-day struggles of indigenous communities affirming their rights to sovereignty over lands, as well as rights to cultural self-determination. How do we support the struggle against colonizing systems of power and recognize the connections that bind us together?


Alvarado, Yollotl Gómez, et al.
Conversación Los Abajocomunes:
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in
Conversation on the Occasion of the Spanish Translation of The

The New Inquiry, 5 Sept. 2018.

Artists for Palestine UK.
After The Tricycle: Can Arts Organisations Say 'No' to Embassy Funding?
Artists for Palestine UK, 2015.

Arthur Jafa.
Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death.
2016. Video (color, sound) 7' 25'' Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown Enterprise.

Einashe, Ismail.
It's Time to Decolonize Environmentalism':
An Interview with Zina Saro-Wiwa.

Frieze, 11 Sept. 2018.

Harney, Stefano, and Moten, Fred.
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study.
Minor Compositions, 2013.

Jenkins, Destin.
Public Thinker: Thomas J. Sugrue on History's Hard Lessons.
Public Books, 2 Apr. 2019.

Lerer, Marisa. McGarrigle, Conor.
Art Interventions and Disruptions in Financial Systems: An Interview with Paolo Cirio.
Visual Resources, 34:1-2, 157-167, 2018.

Lorenzin, Filippo.
We Are All Entrepreneurs. Nobody Is Safe. Interview with Silvio Lorusso, Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture.

Moten, Fred.
The Universal Machine, Duke University Press, 2018.

Nixon, Lindsay.
On the Indigenous Art 'Trend' in Canada: Our 'Year of Reconciliation' (And One Year After).
FIELD Issue 12.

Papadopoulos, Georgios.
Politics as Art against the Art of Economics; Reflections on the Skills of Economy Sessions.
Skills of Economy, 2017.

Petrossiants, Andreas.
Brett Wallace with Andreas Petrossiants.
The Brooklyn Rail, 1 Apr. 2019.

Phillips, Leigh, and Rozworski, Michal.
We're Not Defending Walmart, We're Just Intrigued.
Versobooks.com, Mar. 2019.

Sharratt, Chris.
Nan Goldin on Why the Art World Must Shun Sackler Money.
Frieze, 29 Mar. 2019.

Sholette, Gregory.
Artists, Embrace Your Redundancy, An Introduction to Gregory Sholette's ‘Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise’ | Manifesta Journal.
Manifesta Journal Issue #15.

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake.
I Am the Artist Amongst My People.
Canadian Art, 11 July 2018.

Skoller, Jeffrey.
Report from the Bay: Capitalization of the Commune or Monetizing Hope as Social Practice.
FIELD Issue 12.

Staal, Jonas.
Propaganda (Art) Struggle.
e-Flux Journal #94, Oct. 2018

Wang, Jackie.
Cameron Rowland and the Carceral Laboratory.
Frieze, 29 Oct. 2018,


Recognizing the lasting colonial effects that continue to shape our present condition, affecting landscapes, psychologies and imaginations, how can we re-imagine various forms of institutional, physical and mental decolonization through empowering fictions and future utopias of togetherness? Art and culture have the capacity to experiment with strategies of deception and fiction and engender real-world effects. Speakers in this section will address the effects of fiction that are critical in drawing attention to the framing mechanisms of deception, as well as those who invent a new universe of possibilities and references.

Ardam, Jacquelyn.
Aslant to the Flâneur: A Conversation with Lauren Elkin.
Public Books, 6 Dec. 2018.

Eggers, Dave.
My Wish: Once Upon a School.
TED, 2008.

Himstreet, Kim.
Portland Author to Talk in Bend.
The Bulletin, 7 Oct. 2017.

McEntee, Billy.
Jeremy O. Harris Continues His Firecracker Season with ‘Daddy.’
The Brooklyn Rail, 5 Feb. 2019.

Morris, Kadish.
Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy Probe the Pseudoscience
Behind How We Think About Race.

Frieze, 8 Mar. 2019.

Imarisha, Walidah

PNCA Live Video. Critical Studies MA Lecture.

YouTube, 11 Apr. 2018.