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.