CONF: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World

CONF: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World

Creative Time is pleased to announce programming for its 11th Creative Time Summit, an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. The Summit will be held in Miami for the first time this November 1-3, 2018.

Titled On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, it takes coalition as a central theme, and utilizes the archipelago as a framework to delve into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. The topics under discussion will range from immigration and borders to climate realities notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.

“50 years after the upheavals of 1968, we continue to grapple with a host of pressing issues, from the ongoing legacies of colonialism to climate change and xenophobia,” said Creative Time Executive Director Justine Ludwig. “There’s no better place for this conversation than Miami, a home to so many incredible artists, activists, and thinkers. We couldn’t be prouder to host the summit here, or of the participants and the invaluable insights they’ll be bringing to bear on some of the most critical issues of our time.”

This year’s summit is co-presented with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Passes are available on a sliding scale from $25 – $300 — register here. For the full program, click here.

“Artists continue to be the leading voices in times of change,” stated Michael Spring, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “Historically, our community has been a fulcrum of cultural and social change, and the Creative Time Summit offers a unique opportunity for artists to come together to explore the intersection of arts and politics in a city that continues to be at the center of it all. We are proud to co-present the summit and bring it to Miami for the first time.”

CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT: On Archipelagoes And Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies To Inhabit The World
Thursday, November 1 – Saturday, November 3

Thursday, November 1
Opening Party at the Perez Art Museum Miami

Friday, November 2
Full day of main stage presentations at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Saturday, November 3
Breakout sessions at various locations across Miami, and outdoor film series at SoundScape Park

This year’s Summit commemorates a milestone in the history of international coalitions and solidarity: the resilience of the global uprisings of 1968. Half a century later, the Summit will gather dozens of cultural critics, artists, and activists to discuss strategies for political cooperation in the face of social unrest and environmental collective struggles.

Miami is a symbol of connectedness — whether, as a polyglot city and hub for migration, in terms of our connections to one another, or, as a city already grappling with the effects of climate change, our dependence on the natural world. Embracing this context, On Archipelagoes and Other Imaginaries will shed light onto international migrations and depopulation, queer cultures, indigenous ways of being, tourism industries, and ecological disasters by engaging with de-colonial dialogues and new social imaginaries.

The Summit will be broken up into four thematic sections: “Facing climate realities, reimagining a green future,” “Toward an intersectional justice,” “Resisting displacement and violence,” and “On boundaries and a borderless future.”

These themes will be explored through community-driven breakout sessions, social events, roundtable discussions, workshops, panels, field trips, interactive performances, screenings, and other creative formats designed to share tools, strategies, and actions with over 1,000 international and local attendees. Breakout sessions will be happen across the city, working in collaboration with the community leaders and groups that preserve and honor these living histories, by de-centering knowledge bases, platforms for learning and the typical architects of change. The Summit will engage with the tools for resistance, solidarity, and coalition, while offering moments for celebration through programming at Summit social events.

The Summit will hold its inaugural Film Series in Miami-Beach, featuring showings by filmmakers from the Miami-Florida area, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond, highlighting the richness and diversity of independent filmmaking. The selected films broadly engage with the major themes of this year’s Summit, encouraging thoughtful conversations around borders and migration, ecological struggles, gender politics, and economic inequality.

Bhenji Ra, genderqueer performance and interdisciplinary artist; Vijay Prashad, Indian historian, journalist, and Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research; Brigada Puerta de Tierra, the grassroots artist collective from Puerto Rico; Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University, and member of the object-oriented philosophy movement; Edwidge Danticat, Award-winning author of several books and 2009 MacArthur fellow; and Krudas Cubensi, Cuban activist, queer, and feminist hip hop group are amongst this year’s participants. Full list below.

The 2018 Creative Time Summit is curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose in collaboration with Corina L. Apostol.

PARTICIPANTS (LIST IN FORMATION) Participants include Zach Blas, Brigada Puerta de Tierra, Colectivo Universitario de Disidencia Sexual (CUDS), Houston Cypress, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Edwidge Danticat (Keynote), Pablo Desoto, Marilyn Douala Bell, Elvis Fuentes, Krudas Cubensi, Anna Minton, Timothy Morton (Keynote), Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Vijay Prashad (Keynote), Bhenji Ra, Colibrí Sanfiorenzo Barnhard, William Cordova, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, and more to be announced.

CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT 2018 ADVISORY COUNCIL
Elvis Fuentes, Independent Curator based in New York and Miami
Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami
Tom Healy, Writer and Curator based in Miami and New York
Meena Jagannath, Co-founder of the Community Justice Project and Movement Lawyer based in Miami
Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs, ICA Miami
Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Co-director of Beta-Local, Puerto Rico
Amanda Sanfilippo Long, Curator and Artist Manager of Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Director and Chief Curator of Fringe Projects, Miami Dr. Amanda Cachia, Accessibility Advisor, Curator and Disability Activist, based in California

SUMMIT 2018 PROJECT SUPPORT
2018 Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World is co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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