Leading contemporary art conference Creative Time Summit takes place in Venice in August – and is screened in Helsinki

The 7th Creative Time Summit, the leading conference devoted to exploring the intersection of art and social justice, will take place 11–13 August within Okwui Enwezor’s exhibition for the Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures. The Summit’s first two days, 11–12 August, will be screened live in Helsinki in the Kino Engel cinema (Sofiankatu 4).

The 2015 Creative Time Summit, devoted to expanded notions of “curriculum”, will be the biggest Summit to date.  Spanning three full days of panel discussions, artist projects, short presentations, keynote addresses, and events, the programme provides continuous opportunities for conversation, networking, shared learning, entertainment, and debate. Integrating art and politics, the Summit will address curriculum from a wide array of perspectives: the preservation of knowledge, the production of gender, the production of race, geopolitical economics, information technology, education policy, the environment, decolonization and theology.

There could not have been more appropriate place for the summit: the Venice biennale 2015 is all about art and politics. Since 2009, the annual Creative Time Summit has operated as a convening, a discussion, and a platform for the intersection of art and politics.

In Helsinki, Frame Visual Art Finland and IHME Contemporary Art Festival will arrange local programme about the themes of the Creative Time Summit and the Venice Biennale, including for example artist interviews of IC-98 and Liisa Roberts. IC-98, that is an artist duo of Patrik Söderlund and Visa Suonpää, is representing Finland this year in the Venice Biennale. Liisa Roberts has her works in the main exhibition of the Biennale. The programme in Helsinki will be hosted by Taru Elfving, Frame’s Head of Programme, and Paula Toppila, Executive Director of IHME Contemporary Art Festival.

You’ll find further information and the full programme closer to the whole event from the Creative Time Summit page.

Welcome to join us! The admission is free.


Programme for the Creative Time Summit screening in Helsinki

Tuesday 11 August, 11.30am –7pm, Kino Engel

Screening from Teatro Alle Tese, Venice begins

Anne Pasternak
Okwui Enwezor
Nato Thompson

12.00pm Keynote: Amy Goodman

12.30pm Performance: Pedro Lasch

12.45pm Break


Section 1: A Curriculum’s Contents

What decisions go into crafting curriculum? Presentations focus on knowledge that is missing from contemporary curricula and narratives that are obscured by hegemonic power. A Curriculum’s Contents is presented with the generous support of a/political.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (moderator)
Emily Jacir
Naeem Mohaiemen
Akram Zaatari
Charles Gaines

2.30pm Break / Local programme in Kino Engel: IC-98 and Liisa Roberts in conversation with Taru Elfving

3.30pm Keynote: The Future of Afghanistan
Artist Mariam Ghani in conversation with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani


Section 2: Educational Institution as Form

This section looks at the practical and pedagogic implications of artist-initiated educational institutions. In doing so, it brings critical attention to traditional educational structures and methodologies for decentralizing education.

Defne Ayas (moderator)
Marwa Arsanios
Marinella Senatore
Kunlé Adeyemi
Tina Sherwell

5.30pm Break

5.45pm Short Films

6.15pm Conversation: Arts Schoolaboratory
Arts Schoolaboratory is presented in partnership with Hivos and DOEN Foundation

Closing Statements
Nato Thompson
Sally Szwed


Wednesday 12 August, 11.30am –7pm, Kino Engel

11.30am Introductions: Nato Thompson

11.40am Statement: Marco Baravalle of S.a.L.E. Docks

Field Report from Cuba
Paolo Rosso of Microlima
Vuk Ćosic
Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas

Statement: Sandino Bucio Dovalí


Section 3: The Geography of Learning
Speakers explore the relationship between knowledge systems and geopolitics, as seen in contexts ranging from indigenous communities to the migrant conditions that yield creolized forms of knowledge.

The Geography of Learning is presented with the generous support of Ellen and Bill Taubman.

Mina Setra (moderator)
Teju Cole
Michael Gerace of Re-locate Kivalina
Athi Mongezeleli Joja of Gugulective
Jolene Rickard
Ande Somby

1.45pm Break / local programme in Kino Engel: Axel Straschnoy, Olga Jitlina and Marja Helander in conversation with Paula Toppila

2.45pm Keynote: Achille Mbembe


Section 4: The Art of Pedagogy
Based on the premise that art can be a form of open inquiry, this section focuses on artists whose work deploys the innate pedagogic possibilities of artistic practice.

Paul Ramírez Jonas (moderator)
Beatrice Catanzaro
Sarat Majaraj
Hope Ginsburg
Cesare Pietroiusti

Statement: Gregory Sholette of Gulf Labor

5pm Break / Local programme in Kino Engel: screening of Sasha Huber’s new video KARAKIA The Resetting Ceremony (2015)

Section 5: Knowledge as Collective Experience

How can knowledge arise through social relations and shared experiences? Artists and activists in this section discuss how harnessing collective knowledge has informed their community-engaged practices.

Eduardo Maura (moderator)
Farid Rakun of Ruangrupa
Eleanor Saitta
Simone Leigh
Maria Galindo of Mujeres Creando

6.45pm Performance: Pedro Lasch


Connect with Creative Time Summit Helsinki

The Creative Time Summit engages presenters and audience members in Venice and others around the world in real time. Audience members will be able to use the hashtag #CTSummit on Twitter to connect with Summit presenters and attendees around the world. Add the hashtag #CTSHel to tell the world where you are joining the discussion from. Tweet directly to the Creative Time Summit Helsinki organisers using @framefinland and @IHMEfestival.