Why a think tank?
This initiative borrows the name and format of a group of people who are assembled and paid to read, discuss, think, and generate ways to address and redress a matter of vital importance.
We recognize that think tanks have been used by a wide spectrum of actors, many of whom are responsible for the very systems of oppression we are attempting to address. We hope that this format offers a starting point to imagine equitable ways to convene. The cohort will have the choice to collectively rename themselves and adopt a different structure.
What does “non-sited” mean, and how does the group ‘meet’?
Non-sited means that the cohort will not be physically sited in any single location, and we welcome the nuanced regional perspectives members bring forth. The group will meet virtually, and use video conferencing platforms and collaborative working spaces for digitally native means of creation and collaboration. Creative Time will work with members to ensure all meetings are fully accessible.
How was the cohort assembled?
Candidates were identified from an open call, direct referrals, and recruitment throughout the Fall of 2020. In reviewing the over 200 applications, we looked for individuals who have made a significant contribution to their field, lead with institutional critique, and are committed to stewarding change—ultimately selecting nine members. While there were no geographic restrictions to apply, we anticipated that the conversations within the Think Tank will be largely focused on the United States. For this reason, applicants were asked to demonstrate work experience in the U.S. context.
Is the role compensated?
Yes. The members are provided a $10,000 fee for their time over the ten month commitment, as well as a discretionary budget to support production, administrative and research needs over the cycle.
What kind of activities will the Think Tank be conducting?
While the exact structure of the Think Tank will be defined by its members, we expect the group will use the following questions to guide guest-facilitated and self-directed conversations:
– What constitutes “the field” of cultural production and what are the dominant practices of governance, value creation, and assessment?
– Do alternative modes of knowledge production currently exist in regards to art practice, cultural labor, education, and training for the field? What new forms need to be created?
– What ideological, cultural, and structural shifts are required to steward transformative change?
– What are we building towards?
How will the Think Tank be expected to present their collaborative findings?
– Produce three moments of public engagement and exchange to be produced with support from Creative Time
– A final output for the public domain (this could be, but is not limited to formats including: a plenary, video series, lecture, performance, or publication to be produced with support from Creative Time)
– A set of recommendations that shape and influence the next iteration of the Creative Time Summit
How does this fit within Creative Time’s mission?
As New York City’s vanguard public art organization, Creative Time has historically worked with artists and creative laborers to produce projects that engender dialogue, encourage debate, and take on the most pressing issues of our time. Often these projects respond to a need identified by those pioneering new ways of working in the field. This is how the Creative Time Summit came into being over a decade ago, and why today, with the rapidly changing scope of the work artists and creative laborers are setting out to do, Creative Time is experimenting with a new model, to provide resources, support, and amplification for the generation of new knowledge and praxis.
How do I receive updates about the Think Tank?
It is a privilege to offer this group the space and time to get to know each other, shape and define themselves, and propose new modes of cultural production for the world we deserve in the here and now. Over the next 10 months, get updates on the Think Tank by subscribing to the Creative Time newsletter and following us at @creativetime.