Lara Baladi and Marisa Morán Jahn | Creative Time Summit X

Lara Baladi, Anatomy of a Revolution Revolution ABC/lexicon. Excerpt from the installation and publication. Copyright Lara Baladi, 2019.
ACT at MIT

“One must know the alphabet to read the text. One must recognize the archetype to transcend the narrative in the myth.” – Lara Baladi

ACT Lecturer Lara Baladi will be giving the Keynote speech for Section One: Media & Technology at the Creative Time Summit X on Friday, November 15. She will talk about the new collection of works, “anatomy of a revolution,” which is a series of installations, publications, and games that turn indoctrinating propagandist educational tools into revolution implements and history books. 

Section One: Media and Technology poses the following:

In an age of total surveillance, in which freedom of expression is increasingly under threat, what new forms of journalism can we imagine for communities to actively engage with each other? How are cultural practitioners reshaping media environments in a historical moment of low trust in institutions globally? In this section, we address the impetus to forge connections and solidarity structures, as well as the necessity of supporting those who explore controversial ideas and challenge conventional wisdom.

Later on that day, ACT Lecturer Marisa Morán Jahn (SMVisS ’07) will also be speaking as part of Section Three: Health and Gender, which asks the following:

In this section, we will unpack the historical experiences of those who have had to grapple with the “trust gap” — that is, having their experiences overlooked or discounted in medical and scientific research. Speakers will focus on the ways in which well-being has been hampered by colonial powers, including gender and racial disparities, which prevent voices from being heard. Moreover, in this section, we will engage theoretically and intersectionally with relevant issues related to queer, feminist, racial, and health justice, also considering the current climate of world governments clamping down on accessibility and health care.

“For over 2000 years, women have used reproductive technologies to enable self-determination — and the human right to reproductive access and women’s pleasure are values I want to monumentalize through public art sculpture.” –  Marisa Morán Jahn

About the Creative Time Summit:

Since its inception in 2009, the Summit has functioned as a flexible, roving platform bringing together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Having emerged alongside the definition of political art, or socially engaged art, the Summit highlighted and united artists and practitioners working beyond the traditional art market, many of whom were intervening in areas of civic life, politics, and media. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.

2019 is the 10th anniversary of the Summit.Through a series of moderated discussions, a weekend long convening, and a new publication, the public is invited to engage with the central question: can speaking truth to power unravel the age of disillusion we find ourselves in?

Reflecting on the evolution of the field over the last decade, we will hear from new voices as well as some of the most memorable speakers to have graced the Summit stage.

As the first major international platform for socially engaged art, the Summit has hosted over 10,000 live attendees. Notable luminaries amongst them include legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, MacArthur “Genius” award-winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, multidisciplinary Russian collective Chto Delat? (What is to be Done?), #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman, video artist and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, social practice installation artist Theaster Gates, conceptual artist and For Freedoms co-founder Hank Willis Thomas, artist and composer Laurie Anderson, artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir, writer, photographer, and art historian Teju Cole, and more. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and for organizers to engage Summit audiences in their projects and communities.

The Summit has reached new audiences through partnerships with organizations outside of NYC, in 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. Local attendees are invited to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops through an open call, and Summit events highlight each city’s unique aesthetic and social spaces. The Summit also meets tens of thousands of attendees in their hometowns through Livestream and through over 150 satellite screening sites that host live events in cities from Dhaka to São Paulo.