September 6, 2013 - Creative Time - The 2013 Summit: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City
September 6, 2013

The 2013 Summit: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City

Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson at the 2012 Creative Time Summit. Photo: Casey Kelbaugh.

2013 Creative Time Summit: “Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City”
October 25–26, 2013

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
New York University
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Advancing its mission to expand the role of the artist in public life, Creative Time will host the fifth annual Creative Time Summit on October 25 and 26, at NYU’s Skirball Center in NYC. Titled Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City, the 2013 Summit will bring together a diverse group of artists, architects, planners, politicians, activists, and theorists from across the globe to examine the positive and negative consequences of the widespread belief that the arts are a necessary ingredient in the making and re-making of cities. More than thirty presenters will describe their work on this topic and look at the ways in which artists might address such issues as gentrification, racialized urbanism, environmental catastrophe, and bottom-up urban planning. This year’s keynote speakers are Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory and Director of the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Lucy Lippard, writer, art critic, curator, and activist; and Rebecca Solnit, who has written extensively on such topics as the environment, politics, place, and art. 

The Summit will also feature the presentation of the annual Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change to artists Khaled Hourani and Laurie Jo Reynolds, who—in different but equally powerful ways—exemplify Creative Time’s commitment to artists whose work provokes awareness of and engagement with critical issues of our time and advances the cause of equity and justice. 

Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson says, “The stunningly rapid pace of global migration from rural to urban areas highlights the urgency of the topic of the 2013 Summit. Creative Time believes passionately in the importance of a public role for artists, and this year’s Summit takes an honest look at what that role is and what it should be when it comes to urban planning in our time.” 

In addition to a series of brief, dynamic presentations providing overviews of specific projects, the 2013 Summit will include extended keynote talks, a series of “Regional Reports,” a live musical performance, and a series of short films. Thematic sections and presenters to date include:

–”Making a Place,” moderated by Gregory Sholette with presentations by Roberto Bedoya, John Fetterman, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, and Jenenne Whitfield (Heidelberg Project)

–”My Brooklyn,” moderated by Rise Wilson with presentations by Kelly Anderson, Lize Mogel, Michael Premo (Occupy), and Rylee Eterginoso (Weeksville) 

–”Built from the Ground Up,” moderated by Joshua Decter with presentations byAlfredo Brillembourg (Urban Think Tank), Kenneth Bailey, Chido Govera, and Christoph Schäfer (Park Fiction) 

–”Flâneurs,” moderated by Mary Jane Jacob with presentations by Vito Acconci, Tony Chakar, and Althea Thauberger

–”Accessing the Green City,” moderated by Mel Chin with presentations by Lara Almarcegui, Raúl Cárdenas Osuna (Torolab), Lucy Orta, and Emmanuel Pratt 

–”Resistors,” moderated by Ivet Curlin (What How and For Whom) with presentations by Levan Asabashvili (Urban Reactor), Rachel LaForest, Jimmy McMillan, Ann Messner, and Chen Shaoxiong (Xijing Men)

Creative Time has also secured Judson Church for additional Summit programming intended to foster extended conversation and social interaction between attendees and presenters.

The annual Summit, which is the only regularly scheduled conference devoted to exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice, furthers Creative Time’s ongoing efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for artists to explore new ideas, develop their practice, and participate in shaping a more just world.

About Creative Time
Since 1974, Creative Time has worked with thousands of artists to realize hundreds of groundbreaking art projects that have transformed public spaces. These have ignited the public’s imagination, explored ideas that shape society, and engaged millions of people around the globe.

Lead project support for the Creative Time Summit is provided by Surdna Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Mark Krueger Charitable Trust. Additional support provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Gabriel Catone, Andrew Ruth, and SAHA, Istanbul.


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