Making Another World Possible. Conversations Series.

“Making Another World Possible Conversations Series” presents engaging discussions on topics concerning the Estonian context and the global cultural art scene. Prominent speakers will include international artists, curators, collectors, educators, activists, and other cultural practitioners, shedding critical light on topical issues. All conversations will take place at The Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn.

The Conversation Series is programmed as a preamble to the book Making Another World Possible : 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects (Routledge, 2019) edited by Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson and produced by Creative Time, a landmark publication which takes stock of socially engaged cultural practices dealing with the urgency of contemporary social movements. Complete with a selected timeline of socially engaged art by the collective Chto Delat, the book offers a review of the current state of the field, a dive into ten global issues through commissioned essays, and showcases one hundred inspiring artistic projects from around the world.

September 4 – 18:00 – 19:30

On Arts, Politics, and Engagement 

Participants: Anders Härm, Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat), Hanka Otte, Pascal Gielen

What are some of the landmark events that shaped and guided the practice of socially engaged art of the last decade, including dramatic political changes and far-reaching social movements? What roles has socially engaged art played as part and parcel of art history, as well as everyday socio-cultural geographies? 

Anders Härm is a curator, an art historian, and an essayist living and working in Tallinn. Since 2017 he is the lecturer of contemporary art and curating and the head of Curatorial Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Dmitry Vilensky is an artist and educator living in St. Petersburg. In 2003, he initiated the platform “Chto Delat/What is to be done?” and serves as the editor of the newspaper of the same name. He is a chief tutor of the School for Engaged Art in Petersburg.

Dr. Hanka Otte is a postdoctoral researcher in the Culture Commons Quest Office (Antwerp Research Institute of the Arts—ARIA). The central question of this research group is how creative workers may contribute to the urban environment and what has been called “the commons” and how creative biotopes arise. 

Pascal Gielen is a research professor at Groningen University and leads the Culture Commons Quest Office. Gielen is also editor in chief of the international book series Arts in Society. His publications focus on creative labor, the institutional context of the arts, and cultural politics.