Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future

Creative Time Summit – the world’s largest international conference on art and social change – was held in Washington, DC! Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future was held at DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre on October 14–16, 2016.

Occurring in the nation’s capital just weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election, the Creative Time Summit DC took this important moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy. Around the world both the left and the right were making their dissatisfaction with the centre known, setting the stage for a virulent electoral season. Shaking up the political landscape, worldwide social movements — from Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter — were ingrained in popular discourse. The 2016 Summit offered a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. The summit posed the question: As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten?

Speakers:
JONAS STAAL, JUN YANG, KENNETH TIN-KIN HUNG, KEYTI AND XUMAN (JOURNAL RAPPÉ), @KHALIDALBAIH (CULTURUNNERS), LIBERATE TATE, MAY BOEVE (350.ORG) (KEYNOTE), MELISSA MAYS (WATER YOU FIGHTING FOR?), NEWTON HARRISON, NUT BROTHER, PATRICIA ARIZA, PEDRO REYES, PETER SVARZBEIN, RYAN HAMMOND, SHEILA PREE BRIGHT, SHELDON SCOTT, SHUDDHABRATA SENGUPTA (RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE), TERIKE HAAPOJA, THOMAS FRANK (KEYNOTE), VAGINAL DAVIS (KEYNOTE), WARIS AHLUWALIA, ALICIA GARZA (KEYNOTE), ANDREA BOWERS, ANNA HUTSOL (FEMEN), ARTHUR JAFA AND ELISSA BLOUNT-MOORHEAD, CARRIE MAE WEEMS, CASA TAFT 169 AND LA MARAÑA, E. ETHELBERT MILLER, EVA BAROIS DE CAEVEL, GELITIN, GLUKLYA AND ANNA BITKINA, HANEEN ZOAB (KEYNOTE), HANK WILLIS THOMAS AND ERIC GOTTESMAN, HANS ULRICH OBRIST AND EILEEN MYLES (KEYNOTE), IAN MACKAYE (KEYNOTE), JANANI BALASUBRAMANIAN, JKE (CREW PELIGROSOS), AND JOANA HADJITHOMAS AND KHALIL JOREIGE

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.

Venue:
Silk Road Gallery – Park Laleh

Friday, October 14, 2016 – 5:30 PM
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 5:30 PM


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