June 28, 2017 - Creative Time - The 2017 Creative Time Summit: "Of Homelands & Revolutions"
June 28, 2017

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The 2017 Creative Time Summit: "Of Homelands & Revolutions"
September 28–30, 2017

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Koerner Hall and The Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Canada  

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Creative Time Summit—an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics—presents “Of Homelands and Revolution”, co-produced with The Power Plant, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Gayatri Spivak, Winona LaDuke, Wanda Nanibush, Elizabeth Mpofu, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Srećko Horvat are amongst over 80 international and Toronto-based participants.

Through presentations, performances, and breakout conversations, “Of Homelands and Revolution”—the 10th Creative Time Summit—will explore both the geopolitical and intimate connotations of home, from exile, displacement, violence, and refugeeism on the global scale to the everyday and extraordinary realms of domestic life and hospitality. And, in consideration of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, the Summit will also look back 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.

“We live in a dark historic period. Of that, there is little doubt,” said Creative Time Artistic Director Nato Thompson. “100 years after a revolution that promised to liberate people from the overwhelming totality of capitalism, we are reminded by anti-colonialist struggles and indigenous legacies just how far the world has to go. We are proud to host such a diverse, international group of groundbreaking artists, activists, and thinkers, and expect the Summit to be, as ever, an incisive and invaluable conversation sharing techniques, strategies and dreams.”

Summit 2017 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:

The list of speakers (in formation) includes Gayatri Spivak, Winona LaDuke, Wanda Nanibush, Elizabeth Mpofu, Syrus Marcus Ware, Srećko Horvat, Postcommodity, Bouchra Khalili, Dr. Huhana Smith, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carol Condé and Carl Beveridge, Tings Chak, Allora and Cazadilla, Wael Shawky, Crack Rodriguez, Vasif Kortun, Chto Delat, Nabil al-Raee, and Elvira Dyangani Ose.

The second day of the Summit, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, features over 30 conversations, workshops, and interactive walks. Sessions were selected via an open call to the Greater Toronto Area and Summit advisors. Sessions to be led by: Whippersnapper Gallery; Public Studio; Woodlands Cultural Centre; South Asian Visual Arts Centre; Honor Ford-Smith, Andil Gosine, and Lisa Myers; Maria Hupfield, Siku Allooloo, and Jaskiran Dhillon; Ala' Al-Thibeh and Zahra Komeylian; Alexa Hatanaka, Patrick Thompson, and Parr Josephee; Jon Olbey and Dr. Bryant Greenbaum; The Feminist Art Museum (Xenia Benivolski & Su-Ying Lee) presenting Christine Migwans; Golboo Amani; Henry Heng Lu, Morris Lum, Shellie Zhang, and Alvis Parsley; Saada El-Akhrass, Eliza Chandler, Lindsay Fisher, Kim Fullerton, Katie McMillan, and Anne Zbitnew; This is Worldtown; MICE MAGAZINE; Ana Serrano, Victor Willis, Heather Mathis, Douglas Rushkoff, and Justin Stephenson; Amy Wong (Angry Asian Feminist Gang); Chris Cavanagh; Emelie Chhangur; Pamila Matharu and Lisa Deanne Smith; Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Yaniya Lee, Chiedza Pasipanodya, and Genevieve Wallen (We Curate, We Critique Collective); Phillip Dwight Morgan; Diane Borsato.

Summit Toronto Advisory Council: Indu Vashist, Luis Jacob, Gerald McMaster, Anique Jordan, Syrus Marcus Ware, Umbereen Inayet, Naomi Johnson, Julia Paoli, and Sean O'Neill.


The Creative Time Summit “Of Homelands and Revolution” is curated by Nato Thompson, Sally Szwed, Gaëtane Verna, and Josh Heuman.

The Summit coincides with Monument to 100 Years of Revolution, a work by renowned Russian collective Chto Delat, curated by Creative Time Artistic Director Nato Thompson, and designed by famed architect Yury Avvakumov (Moscow) for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The immersive installation is a living monument, consisting of an array of containers producing a small village housing works from Chto Delat and local artist activist groups reflecting on the history and future of revolution. With individual and collective actions on Nathan Philips Square and stage, City Hall will transform into a veritable mass shipped revolution that unpacks into a world.

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