1. Individual Projects

        2. 12 December 2012 – 13 March 2013
        3. The New World Summit is an artistic and political organization founded by visual artist Jonas Staal in 2012.

        4. Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala (IN)
        5. www.newworldsummit.eu
      1. Part I: The Choreography of Censorship
        December 12, 2012 through March 13, 2013
        Part of the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale, in Kochi, Kerala, India

        Part II: History, According to the Resistance
        Location: undisclosed


        The New World Summit is an artistic and political organization founded by
        visual artist Jonas Staal in 2012, dedicated to providing “alternative
        parliaments” hosting organizations that currently find themselves excluded
        from democracy, for example by means of international designated terrorist
        lists. Its previous editions took place on May 4 and 5, 2012, in Berlin,
        Germany, and on December 29, 2012, in Leiden, the Netherlands. Like the
        two previous editions, the third edition zof the New World Summit consists
        of a physical parliament structure and an actual summit.

        Part I: The Choreography of Censorship
        For the third edition of the New World Summit a triangular open air
        parliament was built on the grounds of Aspinwall House, the main venue of
        the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and an old colonial complex, combining a villa
        with warehouses run by an English trading company. Within the triangular
        construction, 45 large-scale hand-painted panels depicting flags of banned
        organizations were organized by color. Half of them depict flags of banned
        organizations in India, the other half organizations from abroad, thus
        placing India’s policies of political exclusion in an international
        context in which occupation plays a central role.

        The structure was inaugurated on December 14, 2012. Two weeks later, on
        December 28, the parliament of the New World Summit was raided by the
        special branch of the Kochi City Police, with approval of the home
        department and state intelligence. The panels they thought objectionable
        were painted over by staff of the Kochi Biennale Foundation with black and
        grey paints and the wall text announcing the planned summit was removed.
        On January 9, 2013, this painterly gesture of the special intelligence was
        supplemented with a charge against three members of the New World Summit,
        among which its founder, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
        Section 10 (4). This is the very same act that is used to ban the
        organizations that the New World Summit aimed to host. From this point
        onward the Kochi-Muziris Biennale team, due to the presence on its board
        of senior government advisors, proved unable to defend the summit which
        they had commissioned.

        As a residue of the performative intervention of the authorities, the
        installation will remain open to the public until the end of the Biennale.

        Part II: History, According to the Resistance
        In India there seem to be profound ties between so-called terrorism and
        the colonial legacy: many of the banned organizations in India are the
        inheritors of movements that fought for the right to self-determination
        against British rule. Beyond this unifying feature, the banned
        organizations cover a wide range of orientations, including sectarian
        movements of Sikhs, Muslims, Baptist-Christians and Hindus, the political
        movement of the Maoist Naxalites, and the territorial struggles of
        indigenous people of Tripura, Manipur, Assam, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. The
        third edition of the New World Summit will attempt to explore a “history
        according to the resistance,” in order to come to new understandings of
        the relationships between colonialism, so-called terrorism and democracy.

        Due to the above developments, however, the summit will not take place
        within the installation in March 2013 as planned. The second part of the
        New World Summit Kochi entitled “History, According to the Resistance”
        will therefore be organized outside the context of the Biennale, later on
        in 2013, on an as yet undisclosed location. The original plan for the
        summit will still be implemented. It will host non-outlawed
        representatives of organizations “banned” from the political arena by the
        Indian government. For example the organization’s lawyers, negotiators, or
        official spokespeople. The participants in the summit will give
        presentations on the histories of their organizations, on their political
        struggles and goals and their confrontation with anti-terrorist
        legislation, as well as debate their views with one another and the

        The first part of the New World Summit in Kochi took the visual shape of
        the triangular cover of the parliament, whereas the second part of the
        summit will consist of the triangular arrangement of benches. The
        parliament thus “splits” in two, one (the form, or vessel) marked by the
        intervention of the state, the other (the content) hosting organizations
        banned by the state.


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