Date/Time: 26/09/2003 12:00 am
First International LunchTime Summit
A coming together of collective initiatives and socially engaged art in 16+8+? cities (September 26th, 2003).
Organized by 16 Beaver Group, New York for:
The Common Project
Get rid of yourself Exhibition
Artist Collectives and Collaborating Artists in the USA
ACC Weimar, and Stiftung Federkiel, Halle 14 Leipzig, Germany.
July 26th until October 12th, 2003.
Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania.
September 12th until November 2nd, 2003.
2. Short list of cities, relative time chart, and actual local meal times.
1. The very basic idea
2. Short list of cities, etc:
For times, if confused, check:
-For relative time chart, Time Zero will be 12pm (lunchtime) in NY. The cities on short list are arranged by time-zone sections, from earliest to latest.
-LMT stands for Local Meal Time.
– [ask local contact] means last minute decisions are still being made. so if you want last minute info on that city‚s meal, it‚s fastest to write directly to contact person listed in item 2 under that city)
– all meals are on Sept 26th, except Manila (check below)
9am – Los Angeles (USA) [LMT: ask local contact]
9am – Vancouver (Canada) [LMT: ask local contact]
11am – Austin, TX (USA) [LMT lunch/picnic: ask local contact]
11am – Chicago (USA) [LMT?] [LMT: ask local contact]
11am – Mexico City (Mexico) [LMT: 8pm-10pm]
12pm – Concord, NH (USA) [LMT: ask local contact]
12pm – Durham, NC (USA) [LMT: 5:30pm to 7pm]
12pm – New York (USA) [LMT dinner: ask local contact]
12pm – San Juan (Puerto Rico) [LMT: 12pm-?]
12pm – Toronto (Canada) [LMT: 12pm-?]
1pm – Tucumán (Argentina) [LMT 1:30pm-?]
5pm – London (England) [LMT: 7pm-?]
6pm – Berlin (Germany) [LMT: 5:45pm-?]
6pm – Bologna (Italy) [LMT: All-day fasting]
6pm – Ljubljana (Slovenia) [LMT: ask local contact]
6pm – Nove Ligure (Italy) [LMT: All-day fasting]
6pm – Paris (France) [LMT: ask local contact]
6pm – Rome (Italy) [LMT: All-day fasting]
6pm – Skopje (Macedonia) [LMT 11am to 1:30pm]
6pm – Weimar (Germany) [not confirmed]
7pm – Vilnius (Lithuania) [LMT: ask local contact]
9pm – Yerevan (Armenia) [LMT] [no contact given]
12am – Krasnoyarsk (Russia) [LMT dinner: ask local contact]
12am – Manila (Philippines) [LMT 7pm-9pm, Sept 17th + 26th follow-up]
1. The very basic idea
– we all meet and eat in various cities, at different times on the same day (September 26th, 2003)
– we share an interest in socially engaged work, cultural production, art, politics, and the conviction that something(s) need to be done
– we use the month following our first summit to produce a book (16pages/city) which is to document the day and serve as a springboard for future actions, exchanges, and collaborations. the book will be published in early 2004, while videos, photos, texts, and other materials may be used to organize screenings, near future events, web-pages, which are coordinated in the various cities.
Lunchtime — the time, around the middle of the day, when lunch is usually eaten
Summit — a meeting between heads of government or other high ranking officials to discuss a matter of great importance
Lunchtime Summit – A meeting or encounter between people, around the middle of the day, in which matters of great importance are presented or discussed in the midst of eating.
Lenin’s description of imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism now seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc the total spread of unregulated global capitalism is seen as inevitable. With this spread, a third of the world1s population lives on less than $2 a day and the poorest countries in the world owe a $422 billion debt that can never be paid. Yet, events in Seattle, Genoa, Cancun, and elsewhere show that global capitalism can be resisted.
The world as we know it today will change and must, but how? If change is necessary and inevitable, what questions and in their turn what solutions will prompt these changes? How can we provoke significant change and can any real shift happen under our present system? How can we prevent social change from turning into a situation where the same structures of power are re-established with different players at the top?
Summits have existed historically to bring people together to discuss and map out possible courses and solutions to great pressing issues, great problems. But often in these summits, the great problems are in advance, as the subject at hand. Consequently, they run the risk of assuming certainties, shared ground without taking into account that the very questions may differ for the participating parties. Another problem found with summits is that they propose and sometimes agree to solutions, resolutions, peace plans, road maps that are unrealistic or beyond the reach of the parties involved. Moreover, summits often leave the carrying out of action or possible solutions to others, it is often top-down.
Rather than overstate our summit as a radical act of revolutionary politics, or propose solutions which overreach our own capabilities. We propose instead to embark on a new type of summit, possibly a summit of the everyday. Instead of a summit comprised of high-ranking officials, or even heads of states, we can consider this a sort of poor man‚s summit. A summit that does not take place at a resort in Helsinki or Camp David, but in the very spaces we use, work in, visit, live in. These spaces could be public or private, living rooms, lunch rooms, cafeterias, university halls, cafes, museums, parks, airplanes, elevators. In addition, our summit gives space for actions as well as thought. Why privelege the talking part of the lunch over the eating part? What and how and if we eat or work with food, with “lunch”, “breakfast”, “dinner” may re-direct our attention to the revolutionary potential in food itself.
For this summit, we draw on the power of food and 3the lunch2, not only in its ability to bring people together, but also for the great possibilities and links it offers to the great social questions of our time (hunger, food insecurity, malnourishment, unfair or exploitive labor practices, pollution, waste management, environmental questions. Moreover, working with food allows one to also re-think hospitality, one of those original institutions of politics.
As a final note of arrival here, we suggest that as much as we are interested in the questions, solutions, and actions participants of this summit consider/propose/write/execute, we hope that there is care also taken to consider how? How this Lunchtime Summit might in a modest way mix our revolutionary ambitions with our everyday needs for collectivity, for thought, for fun, for food?
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