WRONGING RIGHTS: CHALLENGING HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH CULTURE
SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 3, 202O
The October School offers the unique opportunity to interact with international peers on contemporary global issues and to build up an enduring network of contacts around the world.
The current pandemic is raising awarness of basic civil rights. The extraordinary circumstances may be used and misused by authorities to violate civil rights. The fear of falling back into bad and hard times is real – not only in South Africa with its apartheid past. While the popular slogan “Freedom on Hold” has spread over generations, an insidious or dark side of state control is becoming apparent. Those of us who have lived through authoritarian regimes in the past immediately understand, how dangerous such repressive circumstances can become for the pursuit of freedom.
The October School offers the unique opportunity to interact with international peers on contemporary global issues and to build up an enduring network of contacts around the world. Students get a deep understanding of the approaches and methods of contemporary public art not only on a theoretical but also on a practical level. It will substantially influence their future artistic practice and their life as a citizen. This years October School is conducted equally by the member institutions of InOctober in Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Switzerland, India and Japan. Every university of art contributes out of their local perspective one day to the condensed week of October School.
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.