PhD degree awarded in January 2018
To Make a World: Art and Propaganda in the 21st Century
Departing from an artistic practice that is invested in the relation between art, democracy and propaganda, Jonas Staal's research project explores the ways art has been made subservient to dominant interests of power. Through visual and theoretical means Staal aims to articulate the ways in which art can engage in constructing new understandings of power.
Jonas Staal (1981, NL) studied monumental art in Enschede (NL) and Boston (US). Staal’s work focuses on the relationship between art, democracy and propaganda. He is founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit that develops alternative parliaments for stateless political movements.
Staal’s work includes public interventions, exhibitions, theater performances, and publications. His work was exhibited at the 7th Berlin Biennale (2012) and the 31st São Paulo Biennale (2014). The first overview of the New World Summit was shown in Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2015) and the first overview of his school, the New World Academy in Centraal Museum Utrecht NL (2015).
His publications Post-propaganda (Fonds BKVB, 2009) and Power?... To Which People?! (Jap Sam Books, 2010) provide the theoretical basis for his work. He recently edited the publication Stateless Democracy (BAK, 2015) on the cultural revolution in West-Kurdistan.
Staal is currently involved in a collaboration with the autonomus government of West-Kurdistan in Syria to construct the first public parliament in the region.
Jonas Staal participates in this group exhibition, curated by Stephanie Weber, that looks at the concept of propaganda in order to broaden its definition in light of the societal, political and technological developments of the 21st century.
New Unions, organized by Jonas Staal in collaboration with Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), is an artistic and political campaign that departs from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crisis of Europe with the aim of assembling representatives of transdemocratic movements and organizations to propose scenarios for new future unions.
Jonas Staal participates in this group exhibition.
Jonas Staal participates in this day of debates and actions around the idea of Europe organized by European Alternatives.
Jonas Staal participates in this group exhibtiion that reveals how the dichotomy between utopia and dystopia reflects a time of paradoxical acceleration, where anxiety and optimism collide.
Jonas Staal gives a lecture at the Royal Academy of Art as part of the Studium Generale programme.
In this lecture Jonas Staal analyses the failures of democracy and shows his attempts to imagine alternatives.
‘Assemblism’ an essay written by Jonas Staal in the framework of his PhD research is published by e-flux #80
New Unions, organized by Jonas Staal in collaboration with DiEM25, is an artistic and political campaign that departs from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crisis of Europe with the aim of assembling representatives of transdemocratic movements and organizations to propose scenarios for new future unions.
This solo exhibition of Jonas Staal, curated by iLiana Fokianaki, centers on the current political, economic, and humanitarian crises in Europe.
The New World Summit, organized by Jonas Staal, presents ‘New World Summit: Stateless Democracy’, a three-day assembly that explores the possibilities of uncoupling the practice of democracy from the construct of the nation-state.
The 4th New World Summit, an artistic and political organization founded by Jonas Staal, takes place in a parliament built inside the KVS, hosting twenty representatives of ‘stateless states’ worldwide.
Jonas Staal and Moussa Ag Assarid present the collaborative project New World Embassy: Azawad.
Jonas Staal participates in this programme curated by Judit Angel at Tranzit.
Jonas Staal participates in this project curated by Zoran Erić, Blanca de la Torre and Seamus Kealy.
Jonas Staal participates in this group exhibition curated by Judit Angel.
This is a project by Jonas Staal, Ann Demeester, Carolien Gehrels and Hans van Houwelingen.
The film and installation Art, Property of Politics (2010) by Jonas Staal will be presented in the exhibition Politics Within:
“When John Berger made the Ways of Seeing series back in 1972, he recognized the political as already inherited within the art field, casting doubt at the common understanding of art history. (..) Based on Berger's understanding of the context: "Everything around the image is parts of its meaning, everything around it confirms and consolidates its meaning," the exhibition presents the different positions artists take in relation to the ideologies of the image, its representational role and the strategies of its deconstruction (subversion).”
A lecture held by Jonas Staal during the symposium 'Whose Terms?'. This symposium, will focus on key terms that have come to define social practice over the last two or more decades, in addition to more speculative terms, with a view to critically considering the assumptions upon which such works and their reception are made possible.
A lecture held by Jonas Staal as part of the “Critical Pedagogies of the 21stCentury” program.
Jonas Staal participates in this exhibition organized by New World Summit and 0. [Nulpunt] project. New World Summit is a project led by Jonas Staal.
Artist Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst conjoin their efforts to launch a new academy that invites political organizations invested in the progressive political project to share with artists and students their views on the role of art and culture in political struggles.
Solo exhibition by Jonas Staal in the United Arab Emirates.
Jonas Staal organizes and gives a lecture at the New World Summit.
The New World Summit is an artistic and political organization founded by visual artist Jonas Staal in 2012.
A project by PhDArts student Jonas Staal
PhDArts doctoral student Jonas Staal gives a lecture during the FORMER WEST Research Congress
Group exhibition with a.o. Jonas Staal
A project by Jonas Staal
A project by Jonas Staal