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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Learning

11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. 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.

Exhibition

17 March 2018–31 August 2019

Museum as Parliament. The People’s Parliament of Rojava at the Van Abbemuseum

The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven opens a space inspired by The People’s Parliament of Rojava, a project of the Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava, Northern-Syria, designed in collaboration with artist Jonas Staal and his New World Summit team. This project would not have been possible without the work of the New World Academy (2013–2016), co-founded by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, and Staal.

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