Creative Time Taps Lucy Lippard, Vito Acconci, Jimmy McMillan, and More for 2013 Summit


The Creative Time Summit will return to New York City on October 25 and 26 this year, assembling artists, thinkers, and activists at NYU’s Skirball Center around the theme of “Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century.” Acknowledging the complex ways in which culture inevitably impacts the quality of urban life, the summit will address issues such as gentrification, housing, poverty, the environment, and urban planning. Writer, critic, and curator Lucy Lippard will present a keynote address, as will Rebecca Solnit, a writer whose oeuvre includes works on the environment, human rights, gender, and art.

“Art, Place, and Disclocation” is a highly pertinent theme for the upcoming summit as “cities are now home to half of humankind,” according to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Habitat. The unprecedented urban growth rates are expected to continue at least until 2050 at which point two thirds of the world’s population, or 6 billion people, will be urbanites.

The fifth edition of the non-profit gathering includes an array of international artists, architects, and city planners. Here’s the list of participants:

Vito Acconci, Artist
New York, New York

Lara Almarcegui, Artist
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Kelly Anderson, Film Director: “My Brooklyn”
Brooklyn, New York

Levan Asabashvili. Artist, Architect, and Educator representing Urban Reactor
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Kenny Bailey, Founder, Strategy Lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention
Boston, Massachusetts

Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council
Tucson, Arizona

Alfredo Brillembourg, Architect Representing Urban Think Tank
Caracas, Venezuela; New York, New York; and Zurich, Switzerland

Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Representing Torolab
Tijuana, Mexico

Tony Chakar, Artist and Architect
Beirut, Lebanon

Fulya Erdemici, Curator
Amsterdam, Netherlands and Istanbul, Turkey

John Fetterman, Mayor
Braddock, Pennsylvania

Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Urban Planning Consultant
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Chido Govera, Founder, Chidos Mushrooms; Farmer and Educator

Lucy Lippard, Critic and Writer
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jimmy McMillan, Mayoral Candidate and Founder, The Rent is Too Damn High Party
New York, New York

Ann Messner, Artist
New York, New York

Ana Maria Millan, Artist/Curator Representing Helena Producciones Collective
Cali, Colombia

Lize Mogel, Artist
New York, New York

Antanas Mockus Šivickas, Former Mayor of Bogotà, Colombia
Bogotà, Colombia

Lucy Orta, Artist
London, England

Emmanuel Pratt, Architect; Executive Director, Sweet Water Foundation
Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois

Michael Premo, Artist, Occupy Activist
New York, New York

Pedro Reyes, Artist
Mexico City, Mexico and Bogota, Colombia

Christoph Schäfer, Artist/Architect Representing Park Fiction
Hamburg, Germany

Jennifer Scott and Elissa Blount-Moorhead, Director of Research and Vice Director of Design, Programming, and Exhibitions Weeksville Heritage Center
Brooklyn, New York

Chen Shaoxiong, Artist Representing Xijing Men
Guangzhou, China

Rebecca Solnit, Writer
San Francisco, California

Althea Thauberger, Artist
Vancouver, Canada

Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director, Heidelberg Project
Detroit, Michigan

— Sara Roffino