2017 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT: OF HOMELANDS AND REVOLUTION
Third Space Galway are delighted to host the annual screening of the Creative Time Summit which will take place in
Arus na Gael, Dominic Street, on Sat 30th Sept from 2-5.30pm
The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, The Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, The Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.
Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field – featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. SEPTEMBER 28 – 30, 2017
Come along and Join in the conversation… drop in any time… and hear some of the presentations by guests at Day 1 of the Summit including …
2:00 AM // 60mins
SECTION 1: LAND
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.
Framer: Wanda Nanibush (Canada)
Huhana Smith (New Zealand)
Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco)
3:00 PM // 60mins
SECTION 2: LOVE and 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 alternative modes of re-membering, witnessing and healing embody decolonial praxis.
Framer: Syrus Marcus Ware (Canada)
Kent Monkman (Canada)
Wael Shawky (Egypt)
Crack Rodriguez (El Salvador)
Máret Ánne Sara (Norway)
4:00 PM // 40mins
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (India/US)
This keynote is generously supported by Partners In Art
4:40 PM // 10mins
STATEMENT: STANDING ROCK
Cannupa Hanska Luger (US)
5:00 PM // 30mins
SECTION 3: LABOR
Precarity is a defining feature of late capitalism. Presenters in this section speak to the conditions of urban and rural marginality, austerity politics, anticapitalist organizing and emergent modes of assembling, solidarity and collectivity.
Framer: Carlos Marentes (US)
Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge (Canada)
María Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba)
Tings Chak (Canada)
5:30 PM – 30mins
SECTION 4: LIBERTY
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 anticapitalist organizing, antiracist solidarity, and queer and trans liberation.
Framer: Srećko Horvat (Croatia)
Sylvia McAdam (Canada)
Nabil al-Raee (Palestine)
Kinana Issa (Canada/Syria)
// 20 mins
Chto Delat (Russia)
Nato Thompson (US)
Day 1 INTRODUCTIONS
Garry Sault, Ojibway Elder, Storyteller, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Some of the Days contributors include
Keynote Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the humanities at Columbia University. Among her many books are Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999), Other Asias(2008) and Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012). She has translated Jacques Derrida and Bengali poetry and fiction. She is deeply engaged in rural teacher training and ecological agriculture. She has received many honorary doctorates, the Kyoto Prize, the Padma Bhushan from the President of India, and the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement from the Modern Language Association.
Carlos Marentes, a native of the Juárez-El Paso border region, is a farm labor organizer and farm worker advocate. Marentes is the founder and director of the Border Agricultural Workers Project (BAWP), an effort to organize the farm workers of the US-Mexico border, especially the chile pickers, in the fields and in their communities in both sides of the border. He participates in many local, state and national organizations that deal with issues of poverty, economic inequality, environment and climate problems, and coordinates the International Collective on Migrants and Rural Workers of La Vía Campesina.
The collective Chto Delat (“What is to be done?”) St Petersburg was founded in early 2003 by artists, critics, philosophers and writers from Russia with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. Their artistic activity utilizes a variety of media — from education practices to film, theater, radio programs, publishing newspapers, murals, seminars and public campaigns.
Elvira Dyangani Ose, Creative Time Curator, London and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, independent curator and member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada, where she has curated the exhibitions, Theaster Gates’s True Value, Nástio Mosquito’s T.T.T. Template Temples of Tenacity, and Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer, among others. She was part of the curatorial team of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 in Geneva, Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary art (GIBCA 2015), and Curator, International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014). Previously, Dyangani Ose served as Curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, as Artistic Director of Rencontres Picha, Lubumbashi Biennial (2013), and as Guest Curator of the triennial SUD, Salon Urbain de Douala (2010). She has curated, among others, the retrospective exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies (2010) and the interdisciplinary project Across the Board (2012–14). Dyangani Ose has contributed to art journals such as Nka and Atlántica and has served as guest editor of Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil 10.
Srećko Horvat Philosopher, Co-founder of DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) Born in Croatia, the philosopher and activist Srećko Horvat is regarded as one of the “central figures of the new left in post-Yugoslavia.” He has authored more than ten books, including What Does Europe Want? and The Radicality of Love. He regularly writes for the Guardian, The New York Times and Al Jazeera and, together with Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, has founded DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement).
Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is an artist and academic with wide-ranging experience in Māori customary and contemporary art and museum practice, exhibition planning and implementation (nationally and internationally), and working with indigenous knowledge, art, design and science research. She is Head of School of Art at Massey University, Wellington, and advocates for art and design as critical in active participatory, kaupapa Māori, multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects, particularly around major environmental and climate change issues.
Sylvia McAdam Activist, Lawyer, Big River Reserve, Treaty Six Territory
Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is a direct descendant of Treaty peoples and is from the nēhīyaw Nation. Sylvia holds a JD from the University of Saskatchewan and a BHS from the University of Regina. Sylvia is co-founder of the award-winning, global grassroots Indigenous-led movement Idle No More. Idle No More has changed the political and social landscape of Canada as well as reached the global community to defend and protect all lands, water and animals from devastation and climate change. Sylvia is the author of Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems (2015) and Cultural Teachings: First Nations Protocols and Methodologies (2009).
Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry, well known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. He explores colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience – the complexities of historical and contemporary Native American experience – in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Trepanier Baer Gallery and Peters Projects.
Nabil al-Raee, Playwright, Theatre Director, Jenin Palestine
Nabil al-Raee was born and raised in the Palestinian refugee camp Al-Arroub. He joined Theatre Day Productions in the 1990’s and traveled to Tunisia and Europe before returning to Palestine. He joined the Freedom Theatre in 2007 as a trainer and went on to become Artistic Director, continuing co-founder Juliano Mer-Khamis’s work after his murder. Nabil has directed many notable productions, including The Siege and travels globally delivering workshops and participating in conferences.
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary art collective founded in the Southwestern United States. Its art functions to promote a generative discourse that engages the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies, and to connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere. Postcommodity is Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist.
Máret Ánne Sara
Máret Ánne Sara’s work deals with political and social issues affecting the Sami and reindeer-herding communities. Sara has created posters, CD / LP covers, scene visuals and fabric prints for a number of Sami artists, designers and institutions. She is the founder of the Daiddadallu Artist Collective and has published two novels. In 2014, Sara was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Children’s and Young Literature Prize for her debut book Ilmmid gaskkas (In between worlds). Sara’s project Pile o’Sápmi was presented at Documenta 14 in Kassel in 2017.
Crack Rodriguez is a contemporary artist based in El Salvador who engages the public in his works as a catalyst for social change. His practice includes performance, video, photography and installation and focuses on the abuse of power upon socially and economically disadvantaged populations. Rodriguez is also a member of the collective The Fire Theory, whose collaborative artistic productions include interdisciplinary interventions in public space.
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ABOUT OF HOMELANDS AND REVOLUTION –
The 10th Creative Time Summit, Of Homelands and Revolution takes place in Toronto, Canada from September 28th – 30th, 2017, co-produced with The Power Plant and in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.
“Of Homelands and Revolution explores the concept of ‘home’ in its intimate and immense dimensions: we consider urgent struggles for sovereign homelands, the violent borders that produce exile, displacement, and refugeeism, and the threats of virulent nationalism(s). At the same time we keep in sight ‘home’s’ relation to the heart, and the everyday and extraordinary realms of domestic life and hospitality. Our consideration of ‘revolution,’ the Summit’s second thematic axis, takes as its point of departure the Centennial of the Russian Revolution. While certainly the legacy of this historic moment can be contested, the Bolshevik Revolution was a remarkable event that, in the words of Trotsky, one of its principal architects, allowed for the “direct interference of the masses in historic events.” 100 years later we look back at the Marxist tradition and at the many forms of radical sociality, aesthetics and anti-capitalist organizing that it has inspired, particularly in light of the resurgence of neoliberalism and the global turn to the right today”.
The 2017 Summit invites participants to consider the many-layered political and aesthetic understandings of home alongside social movements—revolutionary ones at that—which have sought to summon a broader dream of social justice. Present in both of the Summit’s main thematic threads are ongoing movements led by indigenous peoples across continents and the multiple relations between home, land, culture, and community that they bring to bear.
The first day of the Summit will feature dynamic talks and presentations from an international roster of artists and activists to a live audience of over 1000 at Koerner Hall. The following day there is opportunity for further engagement via roundtables and breakout sessions at the AGO led by day-one speakers and Toronto area artists and organizers who were invited to participate or selected via an open call.
Day 2 Summit, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, features over 30 conversations, workshops, and interactive walks held at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sessions were selected via an open call to the Greater Toronto Area and Summit advisors.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT
The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, the Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.
Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field — featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 8,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and projects.
In an effort to reach new audiences and explore issues within a global context, in 2014 Creative Time began partnering with institutions beyond NYC, taking the Summit to cities around the world, including Stockholm, Venice, Washington, DC, and now, Toronto. Local attendees are invited to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops through an open call, and Summit events highlight each city’s unique aesthetic and social spaces. In its travels outside of New York, the Summit aims to foster meaningful connections among a growing global community while also highlighting locally driven programming. The Summit also meets tens of thousands of attendees in their hometowns through Livestream, as well as through more than 100 satellite screening sites that host live events in cities from Dhaka to São Paulo.