Thursday 05/28/20 2PM

Deep Future: Building Lateral Institutions

Cover Image:

Democratic Federation of North-Syria and Studio Jonas Staal, New World Embassy: Rojava (2016) in Oslo City Hall. Photo: Istvan Virag. Produced by Oslo Architecture Triennale: After Belonging / URO-KORO, Norway

This is an online program.

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In this conversation artist Jonas Staal, whose magazine contribution offers a rationale for artists’ role in creating new models for radical democracy, will speak with Laura Raicovich, Interim Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Staal’s reasoning underlies his New World Summit (2012-ongoing) and New World Academy (2013-16) projects, both of which are multi-year and multi-location events that allowed stateless/blacklisted groups to assemble publicly via an artwork-as-parliament. Out of this came long-term collaborations with the Rojava Revolution, in which Staal was invited to design one of their physical parliaments. The conversation will conclude with explorations of current projects, such as Training for the Future (2018-ongoing) and a legal campaign titled Collectivize Facebook (2020-ongoing). Rather than a return to normal, how might our current situation compel the creation of more inclusive institutions?

Part of the series Governance Reimagined: Three conversations between artists, activists, and the public.

The New Museum and socially engaged art nonprofit A Blade of Grass co-present three online discussions with artists and activists engaged in collective social change, international self-governance, and democratic movements. As communities around the world grapple with state failures during the global pandemic, this series leans into what has been done to create more equitable, empathetic, and humane systems of governance to model better futures that might emerge from the chaos.

Each discussion will be framed around an article from A Blade of Grass Magazine’s spring issue, guest edited by Laura Raicovich. Attendees will be provided with articles in advance to inform them of the topics at hand, and join the authors, The New Museum’s Andrew An Westover, Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Engagement, A Blade of Grass’ Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs, and special guests invited to broaden the dialogue and address the current moment.

Accessibility Information:
This event will be live captioned.


This program is co-presented with A Blade of Grass.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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