Individual Project

New World Summit

Berlin (DE)

A project by Jonas Staal

April 26 – July 1, KW Berlin

May 4–5, Sophiensaele Berlin

Part of the 7th Berlin Biennale: Forget Fear

The ‘New World Summit’ is an alternative parliament for political and juridical representatives of organizations currently placed on international terrorist lists. The nontransparent procedures by which these lists are created are considered a threat to democratic politics by numerous political parties, human rights organizations, lawyers, and philosophers. Often political prejudices, diplomatic relations, and economic or military interests play a decisive role in labeling an organization as a “terrorist group.”

The parliament of the New World Summit forms a democratic supplement to the existing political order. The event questions those politics that are based on exclusion and deny any form of true political participation to those groups that have been listed. The New World Summit aims to articulate a new kind of public political space where representatives of the organizations debate the limits of the current democratic system. The referents who are participating in the summit are not prosecuted, but see themselves as agents of fundamental democratic principles. The event itself is based on a notion of fundamental democracy pursuing the ideal of an open, egalitarian society.

The principles of the New World Summit are elaborated in the pamphlet ‘Art in Defense of Democracy’, previously published in the Dutch NRC Handelsblad:

in English
in Dutch
in German

Tickets for the summit on May 4–5 can be reserved here.

For more information see also:

The New World Summit is a project by Rotterdam-based artist Jonas Staal in collaboration with Younes Bouadi (producer), Robert Kluijver (curator), Paul Kuipers (architect), Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (editor), Sjoerd Oudman/the NWS Design Collective (design), Kasper Oostergetel and Geert van Mil (research and build-up).