CCC Public Seminar : Jonas Staal "Climate Propagandas"

May 19, 2020 at 7:45pm

The lecture is already available on the Master CCC Youtube channel, as well as  a LIVE-Q&A that took place on, May19th at 7.45pm on Jitsi, moderated by Gene Ray of the Critical Studies seminar. 

The Capitalocene’s burning of fossil fuels has accelerated our becoming fossils-in-the-making. Thus, human propagandas—narratives, imaginaries, and infrastructures—can no longer claim to solely author the world, as if that world was a mere passive resource waiting to be extracted from and molded in our interests. Now other actors and agents in that same world—such as extreme weather—extract from and author us just the same. Nonetheless, our propagandas will still substantially define whether humans will have a place in the future worldings of this world and whether meaningful survival within it remains an actual possibility. Considering the present pandemic, what are the current climate propagandas that compete over the possibility of human existence in our new ecosystem of floods and toxins? And how to understand the role of art and culture in the imaginaries these propagandas aim to bring about? 

Jonas Staal is 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) and the campaign New Unions (2016–ongoing). His projects have been exhibited widely at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the 31st São Paulo Biennale (2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016) and the Warsaw Biennale (2019). Recent publications and catalogues include Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2018) and Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019). Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts program of Leiden University, the Netherlands. 


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CCC Public Seminar : Jonas Staal "Climate Propagandas"