open call – Gandhi PPNRCD

Deadline: submission ongoing until 1 August 2020
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Gandhi! – PPNRCD
PPNRCD – stands for

Peaceful Protest
Nonviolent Resistance
Civil Disobedience

In short, these three methods are representing the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s fight for the independence of India from the British Empire (15 August 1947)
At his time during the global conflicts of WWII, this was most unusual to propagate nonviolence instead of violence and war which was more popular in the uprising nationalism worldwide.
But Gandhi was successful, however, he was paying a very high price – he was assassinated like his likeminded follower Martin Luther King, while propagating nonviolence and, Nelson Mandela whose nonviolence finally succeeded only after he was sitting for decades in prison.

150 years ago – on 2 October 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born, he was assassinated on 10 January 1948.
What can Gandhi’s methods tell us today?
They haven’t lost anything of their explosive force, think of the current movements of climate change, social equality etc, when “war” and enforcing conflicts are again an option. There is no politician on Earth who does not speak of war currently!

The Wake Up! Memorial curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne is invited for preparing a program of artvideos to be screened in Kolkata at Birla Academy of Art and Culture on 2 October 2020 – Gandhi’s birthday, its a National Holiday in India and The International Day of Nonviolence.

The open call is addressed to audio-visual artists to submit one video dealing thematically with PPNRCD – Peaceful Protest – Nonviolent Resistance – Civit Disobedience.
While Gandhis achievements are representing the historical roots for later nonviolent political and social movements, the open call would like to spotlight incidents taking place after Gandhi’s death driven by the spirit of non-violence and humanity, think of Martin Luther King’s equal rights movement, the peaceful revolution of the German Re-unification or the liberation from the Apartheit in SouthAafrica, for instance, or current movements of climate change, or all the daily situations when people overcome conflicts via nonviolence.

The selected videos will form a collection as a basis for a new commemorative context in the framework of The Wake Up! Memorial online, as well as for screenings – the event in Kolkata on 2 October 2020 is part of NewMediaFest2020 in collaboration with The Birla Academy of Art and Culture Kolkata, The Wake Up! Memorial, A Virtual Memorial Foundation, The New Museum of Networked Art and Culture Monks India.

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