-The New World Summit

New World Summit – Berlin

Exhibition: April 26 – July 1, KW Berlin
Summit: 4-5 May, Sophiensaele Berlin
Part of the 7th Berlin Biennale: Forget Fear

The first edition of the New World Summit on May 4 and 5, 2012, in the Sophiensaele in Berlin hosted four political and three juridical representatives of organizations placed on so-called international designated terrorist lists. During the first day entitled “Reflec­tions on the Closed Society,” these representatives spoke about the histories of their organizations, their political goals, and their confrontation with the “limits” of democracy by being classified as “terrorist.”

During the second day entitled “Proposals for the Open Society,” the representatives were asked about their proposals for political reforms of the political systems currently making use of terrorist lists before being questioned during the rest of the day by the audience on their political viewpoints and its consequences. The first half of the day the lawyers debated (1) the juridical grounds for terrorist organizations; (2) more consequent measures for applying the rule of law; and (3) con­crete proposals for law reform. The second half of the day, the political representatives debated (1) the question of legitimacy of a state organized on the principle of self-determination; (2) the legitimacy of armed struggle in pursuit of self-determination; and (3) concrete proposals for democratic reform.

The New World Summit in Berlin was made possible in part by:

7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin DE
Kulturstiftung des Bundes, DE
Kunst_werke, Berlin DE
Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam NL
Center for Visual Art, Rotterdam NL

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