International Programmes in Sustainable Developments and Vienna MA in Applied Human Rights are organising a common lecture series on the relations between art, sustainability, human rights, and environmental justice.
The fourth public lecture of this series is held by Jonas Staal, a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit (2012–ongoing). Together with Florian Malzacher he co-directs the training camp Training for the Future (2018-ongoing), and with human rights lawyer Jan Fermon he initiated the collective action lawsuit Collectivize Facebook (2020-ongoing). With writer and lawyer Radha D’Souza he founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (2021-ongoing) and with Laure Prouvost he is co-administrator of the Obscure Union. Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts program of Leiden University, the Netherlands.
In this talk, artist Jonas Staal will discuss his work in the field of “organizational art”: artworks that take the form of alternative parliaments, climate courts, utopian training camps and experimental biospheres. Artworks that in response to rising authoritarianism, economic precarity and climate catastrophe do not only aim to contribute to imagining, but to organizing worlds differently.