Creative Time has always been committed to privileging artists’ ideas. For the past 35 years, Creative Time has helped artists convert the power of their ideas into works that inspire social change and stimulate public dialogue on timely issues. In 2009 -with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund- they launched the Creative Time Global Residency program, which offered six socially-minded New York-based artists the rare opportunity to get off the ‘hamster wheel’ of exhibitions, biennials, and art fairs, and travel off the beaten path to immerse themselves in a social issue without the demands of producing a project.
The Creative Time Global Residency program furthers Creative Time’s belief in the importance of art in society, artists who make work outside New York City, and the transformative power of the combination of art and social action. Like never before, artists travel far and wide, but with the pressures of rapidly expanding cultural tourism and markets, they have less time to develop their work and engage in the cultures and communities in the places they visit. The Creative Time Global Residency Program simply addresses these challenges by giving artists time to get off the race track, travel, and prioritize the issues that fuel their work.
Over two years, each artist investigated a burning question central to their practice on topics ranging from mass extinctions due to environmental change (Maya Lin), the burgeoning infrastructure for the visual arts in the Arab world (Walid Raad), the cultural hybridization of Brazil (Sanford Biggers), fringe queer culture in South America (K8 Hardy), immigrant activism in urban Italy (Emily Jacir), and rebuilding housing and communities in post-earthquake Haiti (Swoon).
This Saturday at 8.15 p.m. Creative Time invites you to join these six artists in a dialogue about their experiences and revelations during their last two years of Global Residency.
See below part one of Maya Lin’s video What is Missing?, resulting from her global residency with Creative Time.