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Collectivize Facebook 

A Pre-Trial by Jonas Staal & Jan Fermon
With contributions by Paul Goodwin, Inke Arns and María Inés Plaza Lazo

HAU, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
March 26, 2020, 8PM, HAU I

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Collectivize Facebook, Study (2020), Jonas Staal and Jan Fermon 
Image: Remco van Bladel and Jonas Staal

With over two billion users today, Facebook impacts our social, economic and political lives in an unprecedented way. In response, artist Jonas Staal and lawyer Jan Fermon initiate a collective action lawsuit to force legal recognition of Facebook as a public domain that should be under ownership and control of its users. Turning the theater into a people’s tribunal, Staal and Fermon invite the public to join their juridical claim that Facebook must be collectivized.

Facebook infringes upon the right to self-determination of peoples and individuals in various ways. The corporation instrumentalizes users as neo-feudal data workers, selling their information to third parties. Facebook is used in various surveillance capacities that infringe upon privacy and further impacts democratic elections in disproportionate ways, of which data capture and targeted campaigns of Cambridge Analytica are a recent example. And the corporation has willfully advised authoritarian regimes such as that of Duterte in the Philippines.

During the Collectivize Facebook pre-trial, Staal and Fermon will introduce their indictment against Facebook, and invite the public present to become co-signatories to the lawsuit that will be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva coming September 2020. Invited witnesses will additionally testify on the possibilities the lawsuit enables, and speculate on the complex questions of how to collectively govern Facebook as a global cooperative of 2.5 billion members in the future.

Collectivize Facebook transforms the theater into a space of collective legal action and speculation. It invites the public to join a lawsuit, but also aims to enable the imagination when it comes to reclaiming and governing Facebook – as well as other multinational corporations – as our common public domains.

From March 26 onwards, you can sign up to the collective action lawsuit via collectivize.org <https://jonasstaal.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fffa84ac286bcc293f49d5c93&id=3ba9c9747d&e=c26e51c43b>

Jonas Staal is a visual artist, propaganda researcher and founder of the New World Summit
Jan Fermon is a lawyer specialized in criminal, international (humanitarian) and human rights law
Paul Goodwin is a curator, theorist and director of the Research Center for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Inke Arns is an author, curator and director of HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein), Dortmund
María Inés Plaza Lazo is a critic and founder of the newspaper Arts of the Working Class

Collectivize Facebook project team: Jonas Staal (artist), Jan Fermon (lawyer), Nadine Gouders (coordinator Studio Jonas Staal), Paul Kuipers (architect), Remco van Bladel (visual identity), Ruben Hamelink (filmmaker), commissioned and produced by HAU, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, as part of the festival Spy on Me #2: Artistic Manoeuvres for the Digital Present

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