Launch on occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday – 02 October 1869
Gandhi! – PPNRCD
PPNRCD – stands for
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 15 October 2020
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 The Wake Up Memorial – the event in Kolkata will start on 15 October 2020 (running for the 6 following weeks) 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 – complemented and accompanied by the screening of the complete film collection @ ALPHABET at The New Museum of Networked Art online.
Brancha Gautier (France) – Soldiers of Peace, 2020, 3:58
Marek Wasilewski (Poland) – Clarifications, 2020, 6:15
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – oaktown, 2020, 17:00
Vito Alfarano (Italy) – I Have A Dream, 2019, 11:30D
Dimitris Argyriou (Greece) – 5 Minutes Silence, 2018, 10:52
Yiotis Vrantzas (Greece) – Phone Call from Cairo, 2012, 5:00
Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt) – The People Demand the Fall of the Regime, 2011, 4:00
Kenji Kojima (Japan) – Gandhi Walks, 2020, 5:00
Claudia Strom (Germany) – The Woman, 2015, 9:08
Oliver Ressler (Austria) – We Are The Limits, 2019, 10:36
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Peaceful Protest, 2020, 5:12
Sira & Laura Cabrera Díaz (Spain) – Revolutio, 2014, 6:20
Delphinus inspirations (USA) – Insurrectionists at Heart, 2020, 3:00
Fran Orallo (Spain) – Nuclear Pigeon, 2020, 1:00
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Souldpower, 2020, 15:00
Kuesti Fraun (Austria) – Tolerance, 2014, 1:00
Shahar Marcus (Israel – Seeds, 2012, 5:08
William Peña Vega (Colombia) – Control, 2013, 3:45
Guilherme Bergamini (Brazil) – Plenitude, 2020, 5:00
Kaiser Nahas (Syria) – A Protest against internet Censorship in Turkey, 2014, 4:26
Daniela Lucato (Italy) – My Name Is Sami, 2020, 3:49
Eda Emirdag (Turkey) – Last Dance, 2016, 1:56
Hande Zerkin (Turkey) – Democracy, 2014, 2:34
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Never Wake Up, 2016/2001, 3:35