On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers–including artists, critics, writers, and curators–to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Leila Grothe, Curatorial Practice graduate student at California College of the Arts.
Keywords: Inequity, Making, Occupation, and Tactics
My thoughts on inequity, making, occupation, and tactics are currently entangled. I am thinking through a recent paper by Daphne Plessner published online via Art & Education. At the moment, I cannot say anything better than she, so please forgive the cheap trick of supplying a quote and a link as my application into the Summit viewing party.
“[Artists engaging in activism] construct creative, interactive strategies that promote a citizen’s autonomy, rearming us with the informational tools needed to help us understand and decide what it means to be equal, free and, most importantly, to resist the debasement of human relations, identity, and sense of belonging to the commons.” – Daphne Plessner