May 9, 2014
City Council, Amsterdam
Beyond Allegories was a nine-hour debate in the city council of Amsterdam, during which artists and politicians discussed proposals on the role of art within governance, political mobilization and action.
The following collectively developed resolutions were presented in the council: Resolution #1: Plea for a Free Zone by Salima Belhaj (D66) and Maartje Remmers (theater collective Wunderbaum); Resolution #2: Towards an Extra-Parliamentary Democracy! by Mariko Peters (GroenLinks), Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk (design collective Metahaven) and artist Jonas Staal; Resolution #3: Political Representation Beyond Citizenship by Yoonis Osman Nuur (refugee collective We Are Here) and artist Ahmet Öğüt; Resolution #4: Mapping the Deep State by Dirk Poot (Pirate Party) and Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander (design collective Foundland); Resolution #5: The Creative City: A Blessing for the Administration, A Curse for the Arts by Carolien Gehrels (Labor Party) and artist Hans van Houwelingen; and Resolution #6: Democratising the Arts by Ron Meyer (Socialist Party) and artist Matthijs de Bruijne.
Invited respondents to the resolutions were: Tiers Bakker (Socialist Party); Manuel Beltrán (artist, student organizer), Jeroen Boomgaard (Lectoraat Art & Public Space, Gerrit Rietveld Academy), Lex ter Braak (Jan van Eyck Academy), Ulrike Erbslöh (Van Abbemuseum), Hendrik Folkerts (Stedelijk Museum), Quinsy Gario (poet, artist), Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (philosopher), Rick Grashoff (GroenLinks), Nicoline van Harskamp (artist), Maria Hlavajova (BAK, Utrecht), Guusje ter Horst (PvdA), Femke Kaulingfreks (philosopher, We Are Here Academy), Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Erica van Lente (PvdA), Jacques Monasch (PvdA), Merijn Oudenampsen (sociologist), Marco Out (VVD), Rune Peitersen (Platform BK), Anna Tilroe (art critic and curator), Romana Vrede (theater maker), Brenno de Winter (journalist), Dilan Yesilgoz (VVD) and Hans de Zwart (Bits of Freedom).
Carolien Gehrels, Hans van Houwelingen and Jonas Staal
Carolien Gehrels, Hans van Houwelingen and Jonas Staal (concept), Ann Demeester and Ruud Nederveen (chairs), Paul Kuipers (architect), Remco van Bladel (graphic designer), Younes Bouadi, Renée In der Maur and Imara Limon (production and coordination Studio Jonas Staal), Nieuwe Beelden Makers (photography)