JONAS STAAL: RE-FORMING REPRESENTATION

Sven Lütticken*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Adept at the art of self-definition, Jonas Staal has articulated complementary and overlapping conceptual frameworks for his practice. The first is that of Assemblism, which is predicated on a morphology of live assemblies; on the other hand, that of Organizational Art aims to foster emancipatory organisational
structures. These are interrelated concepts rather than mutually exclusive categories: Artist Organisations International, for instance, was an assembly at HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) in Berlin that presented a putative ‘international’ of artist organisations – practitioners of Organizational Art. In fact, Staal’s practice is characterised by an attempt to go beyond the Occupystyle horizontal and spontaneist assembly both by designing assemblies more carefully so as to avoid endless and aimless debates, and by integrating them in long-term projects and
emergent organisational structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-23
Number of pages16
JournalAfterall
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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