Jonas Staal

Climate Propagandas, Video Study, 2020

Political and economic power interests produce a wide range of contradictory views on the causes and consequences of our global environmental challenges. Jonas Staal’s Climate Propagandas, Video Study explores how various ideological discourses interpret and weaponise the climate crisis. 


Taking examples from popular and political culture, varying from David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries to Marvel Universe superheroes, it analyses how divergent climate propagandas create conflicting realities. While liberal climate propaganda lays the responsibility for ecological collapse squarely at the door of human individuals, rather than blaming polluting, extracting multinationals and the governments that enable them, libertarian climate propaganda uses the climate breakdown to promote the necessity of colonising new planets. And while conspiracy theorists peddle the hoax that climate change is a myth to enforce population control, eco-fascists use their brand of climate propaganda to explore the question of who, in an ecosystem collapse, has the racial right to survival and who does not. 


At the end of the video, Staal argues for a form of climate propaganda aimed at a fundamental transformation of society which recognises the interests of both humans and non-humans in a shared ecosystem.

 

Jonas Staal (1981, The Netherlands) is a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He sees art not only as a tool for posing questions about the world, but also as an opportunity to imagine new worlds and visions. His work can be controversial and has led to debates in Dutch politics several times. Staal is the founder of the artistic and political organisation New World Summit (2012–ongoing). Together with Florian Malzacher he co-directs the training camp Training for the Future (2018–ongoing), and with human rights lawyer Jan Fermon he initiated the collective action lawsuit Collectivize Facebook (2020–ongoing). He founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (2021–ongoing) with writer and lawyer Radha D’Souza, and is co-administrator of the Obscure Union with Laure Prouvost. In 2018, Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts programme of Leiden University, the Netherlands.


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Jonas Staal

Climate Propagandas, Video Study, 2020

Video, 16’03”

Production by Post Documenta: Contemporary

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