Thursday, October 21, 2010

Creative Time summit: revolutions in public practice

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)