Joulia Strauss: Transindigenous Assembly

The founder of the activist Avtonomi Akadimia, Joulia Strauss, dedicates this short film to all those indigenous climate activists and artists, who in Bruno Latour’s words “never just inform” but “alert people, stir up their emotions, mobilise them, call on them to act and perhaps also ring the alarm bells.”

Transindigenous Assembly

Australia, Cambodia, Columbia, India, Peru, Russia 2020
07:08 min, in English
Available 13 August, 10:00 – 20 August, 23:59

Joulia Strauss initiated the Avtonomi Akadimia in the face of the threat to the “critical zone”, the thin layer of the Earth’s surface where all life happens. Under the auspices of this university of change that hybridises contradictory forms of marginalised wisdom, the film “Transindigenous Assembly” is dedicated to all those indigenous climate activists who risk their lives fighting to improve how we treat the environment.

At the Avtonomi Akadimia, simultaneously an educational assembly and ongoing art work, artists, academics and activists reconceive the education system together. It normally convenes in the Akadimia Platonos public garden in Athens, where Plato taught almost 2,500 years ago. Here, at the source of occidental thinking, it aims to overcome the one-sided nature of Western epistemologies by combining art and Gaia.


A film by Joulia Strauss
Edited by Samurai Sword Marc Müller
Essay written by Joulia Strauss with Magic Sword Maestra & Maestro Johanna di Blasi and Luca di Blasi
Dramatic Advisor Master of Rituals Thomas Oberender
Text edited and translated by Language Curandera Tania Hron
Transmission Shaman Steven Corcoran
Original Score Dream Modulator Robert Lippok
Produced by Rainbow Snake André Sauer