MECHELEN CULTURAL CENTER
The historical chapter: 1st generation human rights
It will examine the question of so called 1st generation human rights (developed in the aftermath of WW II), concerning mostly political and civil rights, (eg. the right to vote, to protest, to assemble in public, the right to a fair trial etc). this chapter will reflect on certain historical reference points for postwar human rights (that is for example Apartheid in South Africa, military dictatorship in Latin America and Turkey in the 70s and 80s, Tian Anmen Square in 1989, the civil rights movement and other key historical moments).
OLD MEAT HALL & OUDE MECHELSE VLEESHALLE
Social and ecenomic chapter: 2nd generation human rights
relates to 2nd generation human rights (developed in the 50s and 60s) and those are social and economic nature. Those rights rose parallel to the rise of the Welfare State in Europe and these are the right to work, the right to social security, the right of unemployment benefit, the health care system and of course feminism, gender rights
MUSEUM HOF VAN BUSLEYDEN
Recent development: 3th generation of human right
Connects to recent developments in human rights, eg question to inclusion rights and it all reflects the postcolonial discourse, it is about the right of minorities, the right of cultural difference and differences in general, even sexual difference, the development of gay and gender rights. And very important is environmental rights, they are also a new part of the discourse, the right to clean air, land and water, rights of asylum seekers, the rights of migrants and all those people who fall through the social safety net.
The loose of human rights are a matter also taking place in the western world, this has happened very much in the past 9/11 era where under the pretext of safety and security quite a lot of our civil rights are taken away, eg our right for privacy under the question of surveillance. The freedom of speech is under attack (see Danish pavilion 2011) and the welfare state is under attack. Other topics: the violence of capitalism
Frederik de Merodestraat 65
LAMOT CONFERENCE and HERITAGE CENTRE
This chapter askes: How can we imagine a better world. And what might this world look like (through the eye of the artist)
Van Beethovenstraat 8-10
THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
Newtopia will also feature a satellite exhibition in Brussels, at ING Cultural Centre in the heart of the city.