The 2015 Creative Time Summit took place inside the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. Taking the idea of curriculum as a starting point, the Summit engaged a broad range of thinkers, artists, researchers, and activists to address what it means to produce, transform, and transmit knowledge across the conflicted terrain of the world today.
Over the course of three days in August 2015, the 7th Creative Time Summit, devoted to expanded notions of “curriculum,” took place within Okwui Enwezor’s exhibition for la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures. Since 2009, the annual Creative Time Summit has operated as a convening, a discussion, and a platform for the intersection of art and politics. La Biennale offers a unique opportunity to gather an international, interdisciplinary community to consider how knowledge is produced and how it comes into contact with civil society. In its original Latin, curriculum signified a course, like the path that one ran around or traversed in a racing chariot. When the term began appearing in seventeenth-century Scottish universities, it was used figuratively to mean “a course of study.” Eventually, it signalled that which prepares a person for working, thinking, and participating as a fully developed member of society. When understood as a network of lived experiences, learned actions, and known facts, curriculum speaks of all that this Summit hopes to address.
How is knowledge formed within a person and transmitted through time, space, and social relationships? What learning practices reinforce colonialist views, leave out essential narratives of history, or otherwise support dominant power structures? How do new technologies affect the way information is controlled and disseminated? By asking questions such as these, we ultimately reiterate questions that arose from the tremendous hope, passion, and ambition that accompanied many of the key populist movements in the last few years, from the Arab Spring to the revolts in Greece, from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Hong Kong: Who do we—as forces shape who we are?
ASHRAF GHANI, MARIAM GHANI, AND ANTONI NEGRI
KUNLÉ ADEYEMI, MARWA ARSANIOS, MARCO BARAVALLE, S.a.L.E DOCKS, BEATRICE CATANZARO, VUK ĆOSIĆ, TEJU COLE, MUJERES CREANDO, SOFÍA HERNÁNDEZ CHONG CUY, EDWIDGE DANTICAT, HOPE GINSBURG, CHARLES GAINES, MICHAEL GERACE, RELOCATE KIVALINA, EMILY JACIR, SHANNON JACKSON, PAUL RAMÍREZ JONAS, ATHI MONGEZELELI JOJA, GUGULECTIVE, SIMONE LEIGH, SARAT MAHARAJ, NAEEM MOHAIEMEN, CESARE PIETROIUSTI, FARID RAKUN, RUANGRUPA, GREGORY SHOLETTE, GULF LABOR, MARINELLA SENATORE, MINA SETRA, TINA SHERWELL, ACADEMY OF ART PALESTINE, ANDE SOMBY, NOMEDA AND GEDIMINAS URBONAS, JOSHUA WONG, AND AKRAM ZAATARI
About the Creative Time Summit: Artists have always raised their voices to speak truth to power, and have never been more important than at this moment in history when social movements are erupting around the world. Creative Time believes that artists are truly change agents, with the ability to affect society for the better. Each year, the Creative Time Summit explores the many ways in which artists are tackling the world’s most challenging social and political issues. Innovative artists, activists, writers, and curators take the Summit stage to present bold new strategies for social change to a global audience.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 7:30 PM