Art and Politics Collide at Creative Time Summit October 13-16 at the Lincoln Theater

summit-passes-now_slider_1This October 14 – 16Creative Time will hold its annual summit, the world’s largest conference on art and social change, at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC. Entitled “Occupy the Future,” it will bring together leaders in many fields, from Black Lives Matter leader Alicia Garza to Guardian and Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank to Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye, to discuss the future of American democracy in the wake of Occupy, BLM, and Donald Trump.  Inform yourself about what is happening in the worlds or art and politics and attend one of the sessions or all three days.  Check a list of events here.  Creative Time has made sure you’re able to attend, with different levels of ticket price for everyone.

Thursday, October 13

Kick-off Party at Blind Whino co-hosted by Transformer

Performances by the Gogo Allstars Featuring Michelle Blackwell, artist Martha Wilson, and more.

Friday and Saturday, October 14-15

Days one and two feature Keynotes, short talks, and performances by over 45 participants. Thematic sections include Occupy Power, which will reevaluate and provide alternatives to current dominant power structures; Do It Yourself, which pays homage to DC’s prominent place in the history of DIY by looking at international models that share a similar ethos; and Troubled Democracy, which explores the complexities of representation, democracy, and global responsibility. Other key topics will include the construction of queerness, life in the age of the Anthropocene, and organizing in the face of systemic violence and immediate threat. The Summit will also include a special series that embraces the irrational upon the occasion of the 100th year anniversary of Dada.

Sunday, October 16 (Co-organized with Provisions Library)

Day three of the Summit will consist of over 30 unique hour-long breakout sessions led primarily by DC and Baltimore area artists, activists, educators, and community leaders selected via open call. Small group conversation sessions will address myriad social and political issues, as well as topics central to artists and students practicing today. Other sessions will take the form of walking tours, workshops, and games. Day three will open with with a performance by Sheldon Scott as part of his campaign for DC Minister of Culture, and will close with I Want a President…(a collective reading – DC), performed outside the White House, co-organized by Natalie Campbell & Saisha Grayson. Learn more here.

lincoln-theater-interior-courtesy-the-lincoln-theaterThe full list of speakers and participants includes Jonas Staal, Peter Svarzsbein, Liberate Tate, Ethelbert Miller, Ian MacKaye, Jun Yang, Koyo Kouoh, Casa Taft, Crew Peligrosos, Newton Harrison, Brother Nut, Terike Haapoja, Vaginal Davis, Andrea Bowers, Sheldon Scott, Patricia Ariza, FEMEN, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Arthur Jafa, Gelitin, Dark Matter, Alicia Garza, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Sheila Pree Bright, RAQs Media Collective, Thomas Frank, Carrie Mae Weems, Khalid Albaih, Pedro Reyes, Hank Willis Thomas, Gluklya, and Voices of a People. You can find more information here: http://creativetime.org/summit.

 

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