Educational platform

13-22 December 2013

New World Academy #3: Leaderless Politics

Session III:
Leaderless Politics

The notion of leaderless politics is studied through the optics of Pirate Parties International, as well as initiatives such as Heath Bunting’s Status Project, the research of design collective Foundland, and the open government platform Nulpunt (Metahaven and Jonas Staal). In this session, the participants reflect upon the implications that the Pirate Parties’ political programs and horizontal structure hold for the future of artistic production, such as the critical issues of open source and equal access, among others. The participants, teachers, and coordinators work together to develop an online and digital campaign for a leaderless party.

Teachers: Dirk Poot (Pirate Party of the Netherlands, The Hague) and other Pirate leaders.

Coordinators: Heath Bunting (artist, net activist, and co-founder of www.irational.org, Bristol) and design collective Foundland (Ghalia Elsrakbi & Lauren Alexander, Amsterdam).

The accompanying publication, New World Academy Reader #3: Leaderless Politics, includes contributions by: Heath Bunting, Becky Hogge (writer, Essex), Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Pirate Party Iceland, Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, WikiLeaks, Reykjavík), Geert Lovink (media theorist, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam) and Merijn Oudenampsen (sociologist and political theorist, Amsterdam) with Willem van Weelden (new media writer, Amsterdam), Matt Mason (writer, vice president of marketing, BitTorrent, San Francisco), design studio Metahaven (Vinca Kruk & Daniel van der Velden, Amsterdam), and Dirk Poot.

Program

*unless otherwise noted, all programs are public

13.–15.12.2013
Instructional workshop
closed

15.12.2013, 17.00–19.00 hrs
Leaderless Politics
public forum with participants, teachers, and coordinators
BAK, Utrecht

17.–22.12.2013, 12.00–17.00 hrs
Leaderless Politics
exhibition with works by: Heath Bunting, Foundland, Metahaven, and Jonas Staal
BAK, Utrecht

22.12.2013–ongoing
Leaderless Politics
online digital campaign

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Exhibition

10 March 2019–05 January 2020

BAK, basis voor…

In the series BAK, basis voor…, BAK joins forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for “being together otherwise.” The series is part of the preparatory phase of the forthcoming project Trainings for the Not-Yet, organized by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK from September 2019–January 2020.

Exhibition Project

14 September 2019–05 January 2020

Trainings for the Not-Yet

Together with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the project Trainings for the Not-Yet, starting September 2019. The project consists of an exhibition as a series of “community learnings,” performative workshops, artworks, learning objects, and conversations. In the framework of this project, intensive collaborations with (inter)national artists, theorists, and activists take place, as well as collaborations with initiatives and communities based (mainly) in Utrecht.

Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.