Creative Time Summit 2018

On Saturday, November 17 from 12:00-18:00, Stroboskop presented the 2018 Creative Time Summit On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World at the Center for Contemporary Art, Ujzadowski Castle in Warsaw, PL.

This years’ summit was held in Miami, FL from November 1-3, and featured topics ranging from immigration and borders to climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, the summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts. In an effort to reach new audiences and explore issues within a global context, in 2014, Creative Time began partnering with institutions beyond NYC, taking the Summit to cities around the world including Stockholm, Venice, Washington DC, Toronto and Miami. In its travels outside of New York, the Summit aims to foster meaningful connections amongst a growing global community while also highlighting locally driven programming.


Immigration policies and border controls continue to dominate headlines and political debates, influencing decision-making, transforming identities, and dividing communities. Rather than fixating on the divisive boundaries between ‘them’ and ‘us’, how do we universalize the migrant experience? How can we imagine the seemingly impossible possibilities otherwise discarded in politics, which could produce new models of citizenship or the dissolution of global borders? Featuring Elvis Fuentes, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Zach Blas, and Nadia Kaabi-Linke

This section intersects the local and the planetary, indigenous knowledge and scientific cultures, multispecies and human solidarity. Delving into ecological thought and revealing critical tools for the climate justice movement, speakers will highlight contemporary responses to climate change, extinction of species, and extractivist threats to the environment. How are these threats affecting our understanding of ourselves and our common futures? KEYNOTE: Timothy Morton

Due to rising inequity and violence, ideals for equitable and responsive governments are further distanced from present-day mindsets. Speakers will position questions of who is privileged, who gets excluded, and who has power at the intersection of gender, race and class. What are some of the crucial aspects of queer, feminist, anti-racist, and post-colonial perspectives from which practitioners have developed an emancipatory politics for our times? KEYNOTE: Vijay Prashad, featuring William Cordova and Marie Vickle, Colectivo Universitario de Disidencia Sexual (Daniela Cápona and José Carlos Henríquez), Bhenji Ra, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Yanelys Nuñez Leyva

From Miami to Istanbul, from Buenos Aires to Bucharest, forms of aggressive gentrification have become widespread, oftentimes signaling the rapacious influence of cultural trends. Every city offers a different story, and there is much to be gleaned from the injustices felt and the struggles taking place at different breaths and rhythms. What new forms of engagement do artists, activists and other agents integrate into their environments?
KEYNOTE: Edwidge Danticat, featuring Anna Minton, Brigada Puerta de Tierra, Lia and Dan Perjovschi, Marilyn Douala-Bell

The program screening was followed by the video exhibition “A Hopeful Gesture” curated by Kelley O’Brien of The Muted Horn and Stroboskop’s own Katie Zazenski featuring the work of Johannah Herr, Jova Lynne, Darice Polo, Heather Mawson, Jessie Rose Vala, Carrie Wang, Michael Dax Iacovone, Hale Ekinsi, and the creators of UNDEREXPOSED (Noelle Richard, Dagen Eidolon, Jacob Koestler, and Amanda King)

Stroboskop Art Space | ul. Siewierska 6, 02-360 Warszawa |