Of Homelands and Revolution – CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT

29 September – 1 October

Creative Time Summit

See schedule here

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On the weekend of 29th September to 1st October, LevArt will live stream and become a para-site to the 10th Creative Time Summit themed Of Homelands and Revolution. The Summit will take place in Toronto, Canada from September 28th – 30th, 2017. It is curated by Nato Thompson, Sally Szwed, Gaëtane Verna and Josh Heuman, and is co-produced with The Power Plant in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

Read the curatorial note of The Creative Time Summit, 2017

At LevArt, we will take the opportunity of live streaming The Summit to provide the conditions to come together committedly albeit informally, to listen, discuss, debate, study, talk, perform, read, plant and eat along with the lectures. We propose to transpose this theme, ‘Of Homelands and Revolution’, into our socio-political and geographic context of Levanger < Trøndelag < Norway. 

For us, this is an inaugural public event as we start working collectively with artists Alt Går Bra, Tenthaus, Magnar Gilberg and Bjørg Nyjordet, along with other collaborators from Levanger, towards a public art project ‘PARK’.  The project comes into being as part of Levanger Kommune’s plan to transform the asphalted car park around the LevArt building into a public park. Located in the midst of this transformation, we begin by questioning what a “commons” means today and how art can be a “public good”. A core group of artists, scholars, writers and curators involved in the project will be present, physically and remotely, over the weekend to delve into the related themes of ‘land’, ‘labour’, ‘love (living)’ and ‘liberty’, the four categories into which The Summit is divided. 

Over the two and a half days, we will also host a program consisting of a sound poem on ‘home/inverted home’ performed by artist/musician Magdalena Manderlova; a workshop in the surrounding garden by artists Bjørg and Magnar; a performance by artist collective Alt Går Bra; a film screening and talk on love as a political concept by journalist Gunel Movlud; and a performative reading and screening about a worker-run collective in Argentina by artist Michelle Teran.

We extend a warm welcome to all who would like to participate in the event. 

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CURATORIAL STATEMENT

The 10th Creative Time Summit, Of Homelands and Revolution will take place in Toronto,
Canada from September 28th – 30th, 2017, co-produced with The Power Plant and in
collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Of Homelands and Revolution explores the concept of ‘home’ in its intimate and immense
dimensions: we consider urgent struggles for sovereign homelands, the violent borders that
produce exile, displacement, and refugeeism, and the threats of virulent nationalism(s). At the
same time we keep in sight ‘home’s’ relation to the heart, and the everyday and extraordinary
realms of domestic life and hospitality. Our consideration of ‘revolution,’ the Summit’s second
thematic axis, takes as its point of departure the Centennial of the Russian Revolution. While
certainly the legacy of this historic moment can be contested, the Bolshevik Revolution was a
remarkable event that, in the words of Trotsky, one of its principal architects, allowed for the
“direct interference of the masses in historic events.” 100 years later we look back at the Marxist
tradition and at the many forms of radical sociality, aesthetics and anti-capitalist organizing that
it has inspired, particularly in light of the resurgence of neoliberalism and the global turn to the
right today.

The 2017 Summit invites participants to consider the many-layered political and aesthetic
understandings of home alongside social movements—revolutionary ones at that—which have
sought to summon a broader dream of social justice. Present in both of the Summit’s main
thematic threads are ongoing movements led by indigenous peoples across continents and the
multiple relations between home, land, culture, and community that they bring to bear.
The Creative Time Summit “Of Homelands and Revolution” is curated by Nato Thompson, Sally
Szwed, Gaëtane Verna, and Josh Heuman.

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SCHEDULE

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– FRIDAY 29th September, LevArt

16:00 //
INTRODUCTIONS
Land Acknowledgment
Garry Sault, Ojibway Elder, Storyteller, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Welcoming Remarks
Gaëtane Verna
Nato Thompson

16:30 //
SECTION 1: LAND
Beyond extractive capitalism, we may imagine multiple material, social, affective and spiritual relations to “land.” Presenters in this section address themes of colonialist and capitalist accumulation by dispossession; indigenous land epistemologies; environmental justice in a more-than-human world; and questions of refugeeism, hospitality, borders and belonging.
Framer: Wanda Nanibush (Canada)
Huhana Smith (New Zealand)
Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco)
Postcommodity (US)

17:30 //
CONVERSATION
Coco Fusco (US)
Elvira Dyangani Ose (Spain/London)

17:55 //

SECTION 2: LOVE and LIVING
The realm of everyday practice is a space for resistance. Artists and storytellers in this section speak to the generative power of the “ordinary” and of loving actions and affects. They consider how a radical politics of care; queer forms of kinship and worldmaking; and alternative modes of re-membering, witnessing and healing embody decolonial praxis.
Framer: Syrus Marcus Ware (Canada)
Kent Monkman (Canada)
Wael Shawky (Egypt)
Crack Rodriguez (El Salvador)
Máret Ánne Sara (Norway)

19:30 //
DINNER

20:00 – 20:30 //
PERFORMANCE
Seven Sound Poems
Magdalena Manderlova 

20:45 //
KEYNOTE
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (India/US)

21:15 //
STATEMENT: STANDING ROCK
Cannupa Hanska Luger (US

21:25 //
SECTION 3: LABOR
Precarity is a defining feature of late capitalism. Presenters in this section speak to the conditions of urban and rural marginality, austerity politics, anticapitalist organizing and emergent modes of assembling, solidarity and collectivity.
Framer: Carlos Marentes (US)
Carol Condé and Carl Beveridge (Canada)
María Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba)
Tings Chak (Canada)

22:25 //
BREAK

22:40 //
PERFORMANCE
Allora and Calzadilla (US/Puerto Rico)

22:55 //
STATEMENT: TURKEY
Vasif Kortun (Turkey)

23:05 //
CONVERSATION
Chto Delat (Russia)
Nato Thompson (US)

23:25 //
SECTION 4: LIBERTY
Now is the moment for transnational movements of solidarity, especially in the face of the global turn to the right. Presenters in this section address the politics and aesthetics of revolutionary praxis, the grammars of (neo)coloniality, and the possibilities for anticapitalist organizing, antiracist solidarity, and queer and trans liberation.
Framer: Srećko Horvat (Croatia)
Sylvia McAdam (Canada)
Nabil al-Raee (Palestine)
Kinana Issa (Canada/Syria)

00:35 //
CLOSING REMARKS
Nasim Asgari (Tehran-born, Toronto-based poet and artist)

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– SATURDAY 30th September, LevArt

SECTION 1: LAND

10:00 – 12:30 //
WORKSHOP
Potatoes and Herbs
Bjørg Nyjordet and Magnar Gilberg
(Garden)

11:00 – 11:30 //
PRESENTATION
Aksjon Stensil ( Action stencil )
Alt Går Bra
(Room with windows)

11:45 – 12:00 //
PERFORMANCE
Syllogistic Performance
Alt Går Bra
(Room with windows)

12:00 – 13:30 //
PRESENTATION AND LUNCH
Bjørg Nyjordet and Magnar Gilberg
(Kitchen)

13:30 – 14:00 //
STATEMENT

SECTION 2: LABOUR

14:00 – 15:00 //
LECTURE PERFORMANCE
Chilavert Cooperative, Buenos Aires
Michelle Teran
(Screening room)

15:15 – 16:00 //
CONVERSATION
Art labour in Trans-national Context, Connecting tools: ArtLeaks and Trondheim (LevArt) Seminar
Rena Raedle and Vladan Jeremic
(Screening room)

SECTION 3: LIBERTY

16:15 – 17:00 //
PRESENTATION
The Norwegian Ideal State
Dictation Reading
Alt Går Bra
(Room with windows)

17:00 – 17:30 //
STATEMENT
The Future of the Muslim Minority Identity in Countries of Asylum: The possibility of Muslim coexistence as a part of these societies and not as guests
Mammon Gabary
(Room with windows)

17:30 – 18:30 //
INTERVIEW AND PUBLIC DISCUSSION
Inquiry: Your Personal Ideal State
Alt Går Bra with Mammon Gabary
(Room with windows)

18:30 – 19:00 //
BREAK

SECTION 4: LOVE

19:00 – 19:20 //
INTRODUCTION TO THE FILM
Patriarchy, Dictatorship and Capitalism Against Love
Gunnel Movlud
(Screening room)

19:20 – 20:00 //
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
“Shanghai, Baku” by Teymur Hajiyev (2016)
(Screening room)

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– SUNDAY 1st October, LevArt

10:00 – 12:00 //
CLOSING COMMENTS AND BRUNCH
(Garden, if weather permits)

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2017 Screening Site Resource Packet