The current global capitalist constellation has been rendered vulnerable by the crisis of capitalism itself, which has proven to be inimical to human rights. This condition opens a space for the construction of alternatives from which new meanings, knowledges, courses of action and goals in the political, economic and cultural realms of global society may take shape. This challenge concerns the urgent task of the cultural worker as artist and political thinker today. A requisite for this task is a reflexivity that must bear within itself the necessary critique of ideological premises that shape artistic practice. Therefore, the aim of this project is both to thresh out a critique of capitalism and advance alternatives derived from social struggles and contending rationalities.

The interest of global monopoly capital in increasing private profit while paying lip service to human rights defines the contemporary political scenario. Whereas the majority of theories and hypotheses are driven by a will to reform governing models and pursue supposed fundamental changes, they are paradoxically compatible with capitalism, which has established a compartmentalized form of knowledge production, prohibiting ways of seeing and acting that are collective, integrative and universal. Hence, it is necessary to subtract from the dominant theoretical supplements to capitalism and advance alternative thought and practice to give way to new models of existence and cooperation.

The methodology proposed by this research project seeks not only to overcome current modes of knowledge production, but also to generate something new from within its cracks. The project will focus on a concrete program for economic development in which contradictory state claims are rendered most acute. Using a case study in the Philippines as a specific emblem of this phenomenon, the study will take on an isolated, unattended, and backward agrarian land inhabited by poor and oppressed farmers and indigenous peoples touted by the government as a strategic geopolitical enclave, an industrial hub that pioneers technological advancements. The grotesque disparity between development and dispossession mirrors the contradictions of moribund monopoly capital, which at once shapes dominant forms of social existence and the contemporary social fabric.

The project will gather a collective multidisciplinary effort to think and propose new models of social organization and positive progress. This endeavor will assemble people and political organizations with resolute or definite stakes in the conflict and a wide range of collaborators from different geographical and disciplinary fields.

Findings and conclusions will be rendered in a publication and a visual art form, comprising a film and other related works, to capture the comprehensive and experimental dimensions of the project.

This project has been developed with the support of Land Art Contemporary (http://www.landartcontemporary.nl), TAAK ( www.taak.me), IBON Philippines (http://www.ibon.org/), Mondriaan Fonds (http://www.mondriaanfonds.nl) and the Centre for International Studies (University of the Philippines in Diliman).