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Making Another World Possible

10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects, 1st Edition

Edited by Corina L. Apostol, Nato Thompson


328 pages | 205 Color Illus.

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Making Another World Possible offers a broad look at an array of socially engaged cultural practices that have become increasingly visible in the past decade, across diverse fields such as visual art, performance, theater, activism, architecture, urban planning, pedagogy, and ecology.

Part I of the book introduces the reader to the field of socially engaged art and cultural practice, spanning the past ten years of dynamism and development. Part II presents a visually striking summary of key events from 1945 to the present, offering an expansive view of this art throughout history, and Part III offers an overview of the current state of the field, elucidating some of the key issues facing practitioners and communities. Finally, Part IV identifies ten global issues and, in turn, documents one hundred key artistic projects from around the world to illustrate the various critical aesthetic and political modes in which artists, cultural workers, and communities are responding to these issues from their specific local contexts. This is a much needed and timely archive that broadens and deepens the conversation on socially engaged art and culture. It includes commissioned essays from noted critics, practitioners, and theorists in the field, as well as key examples that allow insights into methodologies, contextualize the conditions of sites, and broaden the range of what constitutes an engaged culture.

Of interest to a wide range of readers, from practitioners and scholars of Performance to curators and historians, Making Another World Possible offers both breadth and depth, spanning history and indivudal works, to offer a unique insight into the field of socially engaged art.

Table of Contents



List of Contributors


Part I: A Precarious Assembly: Ten Years of Art and Activism

Nato Thompson


Part II: On Arts, Politics, and Engagement: A Selected Timeline 1945 to Present

Chto Delat?

with an introduction by Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson

Part III: Major Issues in the Field of Socially Engaged Art

III.1 Commoning Art in Europe – On the Play between Art and Politics

Hanka Otte and Pascal Gielen

III.2 Between Art and Culture: Performing First Nations Sovereignty

Wanda Nanibush

III.3 Trust, or The Works Were Limited

Ala Younis

III.4 Making Latin America Tremble: Feminist Radical Imagination Against the Pedagogy of Cruelty

Miguel A. López

III.5 When I Speak, I Speak As a Collective: Black Collectivism and Activism in South African Art

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

III.6 Becoming: In Search of the Social Artists, Locating their Environments, Reorienting the Planet

Grace Samboh

III.7 On Socially Engaged Art in Thailand: A Conversation

Gridthiya Gaweewong, Thanom Chapakdee, Thasnai Sethaseree

III.8 Magically, new highways, stadiums, and police stations emerge

What, How & for Whom/WHW


Part IV: Dialogue: 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects

Section 1. State of Siege

IV.1 State of Siege

Justine Ludwig


    1. Tanzlaboratorium
    2. Regina José Galindo
    3. Khaled Hourani
    4. Amar Kanwar
    5. Conflict Kitchen
    6. Agung Kurniawan
    7. Mujeres Públicas
    8. Pussy Riot
    9. Jonas Staal
    10. Lawrence Abu Hamdan

      Section 2. Surveillance

      IV. 2 Ecosystem for Militarizing Algorithms

      Mari Bastashevski


    12. Zach Blas
    13. James Bridle
    14. Metahaven
    15. Trevor Paglen
    16. Laura Poitras
    17. Hito Steyerl
    18. Hasan Elahi
    19. Jill Magid
    20. Paolo Cirio
    21. Xu Bing
    22. Section 3. Confronting Inequity

      IV.3 Aphrodite

      Núria Güell


    23. The Atiz Rezistans
    24. Urban Reactor
    25. Alexandra Pirici
    26. Mika Rottenberg
    27. Ibrahim Mahama
    28. Illuminator
    29. Oda Projesi
    30. Halil Altindere
    31. Yao Jui Chung
    32. Brigada Puerta de Tierra

      Section 4. The Uprising

      IV.4 The Uprising

      Rashida Bumbray


    34. Nabil Al-Raee
    35. Lara Baladi
    36. Molly Crabapple
    37. Etcétera
    38. Victoria Lomasko
    39. Leonidas Martin
    40. Tomáš Rafa
    41. Oliver Ressler
    42. Daniel Tucker
    43. Joshua Wong

      Section 5. Exodus

      IV.5 Exodus

      Kinana Issa


    45. Richard Bell
    46. Chen Chieh-Jen
    47. Electronic Disturbance Theater
    48. The Fire Theory
    49. Postcommodity
    50. Khaled Jarrar
    51. Tings Chak
    52. Tanja Ostojić
    53. Slavs and Tatars
    54. Trampoline House
    55. Section 6. Cosmopolitics

      IV.6 Cosmopolitical Struggles for a Pluriversal Planet

      Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes


    56. Zuleikha Chaudhari
    57. Cannupa Hanska Luger
    58. Hope Ginsburg
    59. Huhana Smith
    60. Futurefarmers
    61. Lucy + Jorge Orta
    62. Nut Brother
    63. Benvenuto Chavajay
    64. Otobong Nkanga
    65. Pablo DeSoto

      Section 7. Race Matters

      IV.7 After the fires, in the clay dust

      Syrus Marcus Ware


    67. Melanie Cervantes
    68. William Pope.L
    69. Otabenga Jones & Associates
    70. Maksaens Denis
    71. Simone Leigh
    72. Vladan Jeremic & Rena Raedle
    73. Nástio Mosquito
    74. Marika Schmiedt
    75. Sethenbile Msezane
    76. Kara Walker

      Section 8. Classroom in Crisis

      IV.8 Classroom in Crisis

      Jasmina Tumbas


    78. Kunlé Adeyemi
    79. Campus in Camps
    80. KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
    81. Ahmet Öğüt
    82. Pepón Osorio
    83. Luis Manuel Otero & Yanelys Nuñez Leyva
    84. Lia Perjovschi and Dan Perjovschi
    85. Journal Rappé
    86. Marinella Senatore
    87. Stiev Selapak

      Section 9. Queer and now

      IV.9 For the We / Dispossession is the I

      L. Steiner


    89. Fredman Barahona
    90. Giuseppe Campuzano
    91. Cassils
    92. Evan Ifekoya
    93. Yevgeniy Fiks
    94. Las Krudas
    95. Carlos Motta
    96. Bhenji Ra
    97. Sharon Hayes
    98. CUDS (Colectivo Universitario de Disidencia Sexual)

      Section 10. The Device

      IV.10 It Just Works

      Tega Brain


    100. Karolina Sobecka
    101. Molleindustria
    102. Lauren McCarthy
    103. Josh Begley
    104. Li Liao
    105. Rabih Mroué
    106. Mary Maggic
    107. Morehshin Allahyari
    108. Jenny Odell

100. Joana Moll

Part V: Epilogue

Justine Ludwig

Part VI: Glossary of Terms

Corina L. Apostol


About the Editors

Dr. Corina L. Apostol is the curator of Tallinn Art Hall and previously served as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Creative Time. She is the co-founder of the activist publishing collective ArtLeaks and editor-in-chief of the ArtLeaks Gazette. Her recent publications include the book Theories and Methodologies of Art History: A Guide (2016), as well as numerous essays for volumes, textbooks and catalogues.

Nato Thompson is the Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary. He served as the curator of the Creative Time Summit from 2009 to 2017, has written two books of cultural criticism: Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and ?Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence? ?in? ?Everyday? ?Life?? (2017). He has also edited Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011, Experimental Geography, Ahistorical Occasion, Becoming Animal, and The Interventionists.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / American / General
ART / Individual Artists / Artists' Books
ART / Individual Artists / Essays
ART / Performance
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General