Studio Jonas Staal

New Unions: Act I–V

Part of the Festival “Utopian Realities – 100 Years of Now with Alexandra Kollontai”


English /  ca. 90 min.

“New Unions” is an artistic and political campaign developed by Studio Jonas Staal in collaboration with frequent collaborators such as architect Paul Kuipers, designer Remco van Bladel and the HAU Hebbel am Ufer curatorial team.

New Unions departs from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crisis of Europe with the aim of assembling representatives of transdemocratic movements and organisations in order to imagine alternative unions. New Unions rejects both ultranationalist parties that demand separation from the European Union and seek to return to a mythical notion of the nation-state, as well as the political/economical functionary elite that has used the EU for its austerity politics.

The Berlin edition has been developed in collaboration with emancipatory political parties and platforms across Europe, namely Antarsya (Greece), Popular Unity Candidacy (Catalunya), Common Weal (Scotland), Feminist Initiative (Sweden), The Red Party & Solidarity with Kurdistan (Norway), each of which will confront the crisis of the imagination that keeps Europe hostage today by proposing new scripts for new transdemocratic unions to be discussed with guests and the public alike.

Act I

Fri 13.01.2017, 19:00
Feminist Union

Scenario for a future transdemocratic union, based on European wide feminist platforms focused on gender-equality, intersectionalism and solidarity.

Baharan Raoufi (Feminist Initiative, Sweden)

Respondent: LaToya Manly-Spain (Arrivati)

Act II

Sat 14.01.2017, 17:00
Internationalist Union

Scenario for a future transdemocratic union, based on the acceleration of its current crises, and an internationalist re-alignment after its collapse.

Despina Koutsoumba (Antarsya, Greece)



Sat 14.01.2017, 21:00
Stateless Union

Scenario for a future transdemocratic union, combining the heritage of revolutionary socialism and the practice of “stateless democracy” in territories of North- and West Kurdistan.

Seher Aydar (Red Party / Solidarity with Kurdistan, Norway)

Respondent: Sebastian Jünemann (CADUS – Redefine Global Solidarity e.V.)

Act IV

Sun 15.01.2017, 17:00
Asymmetric Union

Scenario for a future transdemocratic union, departing from a place-based understanding of radically diverse European communities: a plea for diversity through asymmetry.

Robin McAlpine (Common Weal, Scotland)

Respondent: Elisabeth Voß (NETZ alternative business association for self management and self organization)

Act V

Sun 15.01.2017, 20:00
Communalist Union

Scenario for a future transdemocratic union, based on interconnected self-governing communities and municipalities putting to practice a “communism without the state.”

Mireia Vehí and Quim Arrufat (Popular Unity Candidacy, Catalunya)

Respondent: Raúl Zelik (DIE LINKE)


Moderation: Margarita Tsomou


  • Past
    Fri 13.1.2017, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sat 14.1.2017, 17:00 / HAU2
    Sat 14.1.2017, 21:00 / HAU2
    Sun 15.1.2017, 17:00 / HAU2
    Sun 15.1.2017, 20:00 / HAU2


The proceeds of the events go to “Tribunal ‘NSU Komplex auflösen‘”.

“New Unions: Act I-V” is a project by Studio Jonas Staal. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. The New Unions campaign is further developed in partnership with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht), State of Concept (Athens), CCA Center for Contemporary Art (Glasgow).

Presentation in the frame of “Utopian Realities”, a co-production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of "100 Years of Now", curated by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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