This idea that art stays in the box and then the world of politics and sociality stays out here is increasingly not the case. We live in a landscape where cultural production is the production of politics. It is the production of who we are. The cultural landscape is a political landscape. That call to arms makes cultural producers extraordinarily relevant in society. The relationship of cultural production to everyday life is no longer what it once was. Everybody is a cultural producer. People make stuff and engage with culture. With that in mind, that is the kind of call we are here to engage with.
- Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time summit 2010.
A week ago I was in New York city for a great conference which took place at Cooper Union. Creative Time: revolutions in public practice brought over 40 academics, researchers, artists and activists together to discuss socially engaged art and public practice. The panels included: schools, food, markets, geographies, governments, institutions, and plausible art worlds.
The entire two-day conference was recorded for anyone to follow the event live via Livestream from anywhere in the world, and it remains online for public access. Below, are some noteworthy speeches:
- Eating in Public (the diggers)
- Amy Franceschini (future farmers)
- The International Errorist (buenos aires collective)
- W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the Greater Economy)
- Agnes Denes (pioneer in land art)
- Regina José Galindo (performance artist)
- J. Morgan Puett (mildred's lane)
- Oliver Ressler (what is democracy?)
- Laura Kurgan (architecture and justice)