New World Academy #3: Leaderless Politics
13-15 December 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 III: Leaderless Politics

The notion of leaderless politics is studied through the optics of Pirate Parties International. In this session, the participants reflect upon the implications 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 worked together to develop an online and digital campaign for a leaderless party.

From December 13-15 representatives of the international Pirate Parties worked together with about 25 artists and students to develop a new educational model, a “Pirate Academy” entitled “ALT,” that teaches civil society at large basic techniques of privacy protection, for example e-mail encryption and secure internet browsing. Early 2014 ALT will start with a series of educational sessions on art schools and universities, disseminating the basic tools necessary to give citizens agency over their own live and visibility. It is through the shift from representative politics to concrete tools that the notion of leaderless politics is enacted – by giving concrete agency to civil society at large.

Teachers: Dirk Poot (Pirate Party of the Netherlands, The Hague), Maša Čorak (Pirate Party Croatia).. Group coordinators: Heath Bunting (artist, net activist, and co-founder of www.irational.org, Bristol) and design collective Foundland (Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander, Amsterdam). Artworks by: Heath Bunting, Foundland (Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander), Metahaven (Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden) and Jonas Staal
-Videos

Dirk Poot

Leaderless Politics

Maša Čorak

History of the Pirate Movement

Heath Bunting

Person vs. Persona. Class Conflicts in the Electronic Age

Foundland (Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi)

Leaderless Design

Manuel Beltrán

Leaderless Art. Impressions from Gezi Park

Maria Hlavajova

Introduction to the New World Academy

Jonas Staal

Introduction to the New World Academy

-Coordinators

Dirk Poot

Maša Čorak

Heath Bunting

Foundland (Lauren Alexander & Ghalia Elsrakbi)

Manuel Beltrán

-Introduction

Maria Hlavajova

Jonas Staal

-Communiques