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Announcement
November 20, 2016

New World Embassy

Public Art Norway (KORO)
Courtesy of Public Art Norway (KORO).

Welcome to the New World Embassy, a temporary art and architecture installation by Studio Jonas Staal, constructed in the Oslo City Hall. The temporary embassy represents the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposes a platform to build new transnational relationships and explore alternative models of people’s democracy.

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a collaboration between Studio Jonas Staal and the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava. The project is funded and co-produced by KORO – Public Art Norway / URO.

Program
A two-day public program offers debates and conversations centered around four topics:
History & Politics / Culture & Self-determination / Conflict & Diplomacy / Solidarity & Transdemocracy

Confirmed contributors
Ambassadors:
Saleh Muslim / Adem Uzun Sinem
Mohammed / Dilar Dirik

Moderators:
Joost Jongerden (University of Wageningen, The Netherlands) / Maria Hlavajova (Artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht) / Radha D’Souza (Westminster University, UK/India)

Speakers:
Despina Koutsoumba (ANTASYA, Greece) / Ferhat Tunc (Musician, Germany, Turkey) / Hanne Sophie Greve (Former judge in The European Court of Human Rights, Norway) / Kariane Westrheim (University of Bergen, Norway) / Kate Shea Baird (Barcelona en Comú, Spain) / Katerin Mendez (Feminist Initiative, Sweden) / Laura Raikovich (Director of Queens Museum, USA) / Lorenzo Marsili (DiEM25 / European Alternatives, Italy) / Macer Gifford (aka Harry Rowe) (International Brigade of the YPG, UK) / Moussa Ag Assarid (Free Azawad, France/Azawad) / Runar Myrnes Balto (Political advisor to the President of the Sámi Parliament, Sápmi) / Shela Sheikh (Goldsmiths/member of Forensic Architecture, UK)

More speakers will be announced shortly.

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a temporary embassy that will be constructed in Oslo, and which represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. The embassy will consist of a large-scale oval shaped architectural structure, designed as an “ideological planetarium.”

The Embassy will operate for two consecutive days on November 26 and 27, 2016, bringing repre- sentatives from Rojava together with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, artists, and more. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposes a platform to build new transnational relationships and explore alternative models of people’s diplomacy. This includes an analysis of the history, ideals, and implementation of stateless democracy; of the successes of Rojava in building a new civil society in a war-torn region; and finally the alternative that Rojava proposes in order to confront the crises of democracy seen on a global scale.

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a collaboration between the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal. The project is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and funded and co-produced by KORO, Public Art Norway (URO).

 

Entrance free, registration required due to limited seating: [email protected]

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