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 initiated a collective action lawsuit to force legal recognition of Facebook as a public domain that should be under ownership and control of its users.
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.
Staal and Fermon invite the public to study the full indictment and become co-signatories to the lawsuit that will be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva coming September 2020. See for more information: collectivize.org
Collectivize Facebook engages the space of art as one of collective legal action and speculation. It invites the public to join a lawsuit, but also aims to mobilize the imagination when it comes to reclaiming and governing Facebook – as well as other multinational corporations – as common ownership.
Jonas Staal and Jan Fermon
Jan Fermon (lawyer), Quentin Marissal (lawyer), Jonas Staal (artist), Nadine Gouders (coordinator Studio JS), Paul Kuipers (architect), Remco van Bladel (designer), Ruben Hamelink (video editor), Isabelle Sully (indictment editor). HAU project team: Annemie Vanackere (artistic and managing director), Sarah Reimann (dramaturgy), Elisabeth Knauf (head of production), Jana Penz (production), Annika Frahm (head of communications), Jan Menden (content management)
HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (DE)