New World Academy #1: Towards a People’s Culture
15-17 November 2013
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht

The New World Academy, founded by artist Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht, invites organizations invested in the progressive political project to collaborate with artists and students on the role of art at the center of political struggle.

Session I: Towards a People’s Culture

Towards a People’s Culture centers around the critical role of art and artists in the Maoist-oriented National Democratic Movement of the Philippines, specifically through developing an understanding of the revolutionary potential of the musical, the educational cartoon, the effigy (protest puppetry), and the “People’s Trial” as a theatrical model to publicly denounce and prosecute state terrorism.

From November 15-17, representatives of the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines worked together with about 30 artists and students to develop a new model for a transnational people’s trial, entitled the “Open Source Tribunal,” which was presented on November 11 2013 in the Nicolaichurch in Utrecht. During the trial representatives of the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines brought forward a series of charges against the failure of the Filipino state in protecting its civilians, in particular those living in rural areas, from the devastating consequences of typhoon Haiyan. The trial was structured through a shadow play, contextualizing the charges in the daily struggle of the typhoon victims, and a one-person choir, which performed different parts of the charges in a musical form.

Teachers: Lisa Ito (theorist and member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Manila), Luis Jalandoni (chairman of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Utrecht), Walkie Mirãna (theater maker and member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Manila) and Jose Maria Sison (founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, Utrecht). Group coordinators: Matthijs de Bruijne (artist and union organizer, Amsterdam) and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei (philosopher, organizer, and publisher, Tirana). Artworks by: Jef Carnay, Communist Party of the Philippines, Concerned Artist of the Philippines, Rey Paz Contreras, Brenda Fajardo, Linangan Art and Culture Network, Romel Linatoc, Bienvenido Lumbera, Edward Perez, Jose Maria Sison.
The presentation of the Open Source Tribunal was realized in collaboration with the Centraal Museum Utrecht and MIGRANTE Europe.
-Videos

Maria Hlavajova

Introduction to the New World Academy

Matthijs de Bruijne

Museum of the People

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Can Art be Political?

Lisa Ito

Propest Puppetry: The People's Trial in Action

Luis Jalandoni

Cultural Imperialism versus People's Culture

Walkie Mirãna

The Cultural Worker: Organizing Resistance

Jose Maria Sison

National Democratic Struggle & People's Trial of US Imperialism and its Puppets

Jonas Staal

Introduction to the New World Academy

-Coordinators

Matthijs de Bruijne

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Lisa Ito

Luis Jalandoni

Walkie Mirãna

Jose Maria Sison

-Introduction

Maria Hlavajova

Jonas Staal

-Communiques