25 Sep –
13 Feb 2022
Exhibition: Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes
The Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC) is a collaboration between Indian academic, writer, lawyer and activist Radha D’Souza and Dutch artist Jonas Staal, commissioned and developed by Framer Framed. The project consists of a large-scale installation in the form of a tribunal that prosecutes intergenerational climate crimes.
The inauguration of the tribunal will take place on 24 September 2021. From 28-31 October, the CICC will hold hearings against Unilever, ING, Airbus and the Dutch State.
The CICC will hold hearings in which evidence will be presented by prosecutors and witnesses relating to intergenerational climate crimes committed by corporations and states acting in concert. This is followed by the presentation of evidence of alternative forms of collective action in defense of intergenerational climate justice. Co-produced by Framer Framed Amsterdam, the CICC focuses on corporations registered in the Netherlands as well as the legal frameworks established by the Dutch state system supportive of the corporations. The proceedings of the tribunal will be led by four judges: Radha D’Souza, Sharon H. Venne, Nicholas Hildyard and Rasigan Maharajh. The legal framework of the CICC is based on D’Souza’s book What’s Wrong with Rights? (Pluto Press, 2018), a critical analysis of neoliberal legal institutions.
The CICC will provide evidence of past and present climate crimes by looking at their impact on the here and now, as well as on planetary life in the future. As such, the tribunal rejects the linear, individualised narratives that underlie the current legal system. The hearings will be documented online. The evidence and testimony files are then presented to both institutional and activist organisations.
In addition to prosecutors, witnesses and the public, the tribunal consists of an ecology populated by extinct animals, plants and ammonite fossils. Each of them, in a different language, is referred to as ‘comrade’. These non-human ancestors are both evidence of past intergenerational climate crimes and witness to the collective effort of the CICC to contribute to intergenerational climate justice in the present and future.
The performative tribunal takes place in an arena-like installation, where the audience – acting in the role of a public jury – sits surrounded by the presences of extinct species. These species take the form of paintings and weavings and represent a fraction of the species extinction caused by human activities within systems of settler colonialism and capitalism. They form part of an archival network titled Comrades in Extinction. Each species is depicted alongside the word ‘comrade’ in different languages, emphasising the practice of more-than-human solidarity in the CICC’s climate justice.
Friday 24 September
Doors open: 18:00h
Inauguration: 19:00— please find your seats before 19:00h
An introduction to the project by D’Souza and Staal and reflections on intergenerational climate crimes by the judged can be read in the new issue of Errant Journal No. 2, Slow Violence, available here. The exhibition catalogue with background information on the project can be downloaded here. Ashley Maum, part of Framer Framed’s research and production team, wrote an article focusing on the presence of oil in the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes for the new issue of Kunstlicht Magazine – The Worldliness of Oil: Recognition and Relations, which can be read here. Radha D’Souza’s book What’s Wrong with Rights? (Pluto Press, 2018) can be purchased at Framer Framed as well as a selection of other books. The extensive archive of Comrades in Extinction can be found here.
October 28-31, 13:00-18:00h
The hearings include evidentiary testimony and presentations from individuals and collectives representing Blue Planet Project, The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), Kenya Land Alliance, Oyu Tolgoi Watch (OT Watch Mongolia), Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicos Unidos en Defensa de sus Territorios (PUINAMUDT), Réseau d’Information et d’Appui aux ONG Nationales (RIAO-RDC), Stop Wapenhandel – European Network Against Arms Trade, Synergie Nationale des Paysans et Riverains du Cameroun (SYNAPARCAM), Vettiver Collective, WALHI West Java (Friends of the Earth Indonesia), Watch The Med, and more.
The CICC can be used free of charge for study groups, gatherings and events by activists, researchers, students a.o. that are working in the field of climate justice. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Radha D’Souza (lawyer, writer, academic); Jonas Staal (artist); Josien Pieterse & Cas Bool (co-producers, Framer Framed); Paul Kuipers (architect); Remco van Bladel (designer); Ashley Maum (researcher and co-programmer, Framer Framed); Kees Stad (researcher and co-programmer); Nadine Gouders (coordinator and researcher, Studio Jonas Staal); Jean Medina (production coordinator, Framer Framed); Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (translation advisor); Ruben Hamelink (filmmaker and photographer); Dinara Vasilevskaia (designer, Framer Framed); Rolien Zonneveld (head of creation and (social) media strategy, Framer Framed); Betül Ellialtioglu (communication and PR coordinator, Framer Framed); Irene de Craen (translation); Michael Klinkenberg, Roelof Vossebeld, Lies van Dam, Daan Hoffman, Noud Vossebeld, Nick van Dijk, Thomas de Kroon, Tim van Elferen, Iwan Kolk, Bas Verduijn, Freerk Wieringa, Alja Bronswijk (production team installation, The Adventures of Mr. Soundmount).
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst; Mondriaan Fund; Gemeente Amsterdam – Stadsdeel Oost; Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie; Outset Netherland.
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven,
Ecology / CICC / Art and Activism / Mining culture /