Jonas Staal (1981) is an artist that has studied monumental art in Enschede NL and Boston USA. He currently works on his PhD research entitled Art and Propaganda in the 21st Century at PhD Arts program of the University of Leiden NL. Staal is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit that develops alternative parliaments for stateless organizations banned from democratic discourse and, together with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, of the New World Academy, that researches the role of art in stateless political struggle. He is further the co-initiator of the Allegories project (2011-ongoing, with Carolien Gehrels and Hans van Houwelingen) that organizes debates between artists and political parties, as well as of the Artist Organizations International platform (2015-ongoing, with Florian Malzacher and Joanna Warsza), which connects artist-led organizations through conferences and international exchanges.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUNAMBULIST MAGAZINE:
– “Guest Columns: A New Parliament in Rojava (Kurdistan) by Merve Bedir (about Jonas Staal’s work), in The Funambulist 3 (Jan-Feb 2016) Clothing Politics.
– “Project for a New Carceral Paradigm by Fleur Agema as Revisited by Jonas Staal,” in The Funambulist 4 (Mar-Apr 2016) Carceral Environments.