Sunday, November 04, 2007

Beyond Intellectual Property: From File-Sharing to Distributed Archiving

For all of this coming week I want to spend as much time as I can at the Acadamy of Fine Arts here in Umeå. The are hosting an Oil 21 event this week, The Oil of the 21st Century, Beyond Intellectual Property: From File-Sharing to Distributed Archiving. The first three days (Monday-Wednesday) are open and Thursday and Friday require registration. It seems to be related to the even that took place in Berlin October 26 to October 28 (program and news). The Umeå event will include films, discussions and more:

Beyond Intellectual Property: From File-Sharing to Distributed Archiving" is a workshop and a symposion with Sebastian Lütgert, artist, writer, theorist, and Jan Gerber, programmer and video artist, both from Berlin. Special Guest on Friday, Nov.9: Rasmus Fleischer, Historian, writer, musician and conceputalist; cofounded the collective Piratbyrån in 2003.

Situated at the core of this workshop is an ongoing research project on images and information on the internet: who owns this information - allegedly the most valuable good in this century - and who has the right to produce and distribute it? These question arise from working with images, texts, music and film, and may demand for a set of entirely new artistic strategies. Archive and context – both key words in the arts during the last 15 years – are of particular interest and subject to new definitions.

Questions (in no particular order):
- What is the masterplan behind "Rights Management"?
- What does file-sharing mean for the relation between production, distribution and consumption?
- What do we do now that all files have been downloaded?
- What is "Pirate Cinema"?
- What can we expect from the "Creative Commons"?
- What modes of subjectivation exist beyond the "Small Author"?
- What is the answer of the artist / the filmmaker / the fotographer to these emerging questions?

The reading list is an interesting thing in itself and all the texts are online:

Beyond Intellectual Property – Reading List

1. Control and Rights Management
Gilles Deleuze, Postscript on the Societies of Control
John Perry Barlow, Censorship 2000

2. Copyright and the Commons
Tim O'Reilly, Piracy Is Progressive Taxation
Joost Smiers, Abandoning Copyright
Rasmus Fleischer - "Content Flatrate" and the Social Democracy of the Digital Commons

3. Music and Piracy
Courtney Love, Music and Piracy
Steve Albini, The Problem with Music
Steve Jobs, Thoughts on Music

4. Détournement and Pirate Cinema
René Vienet,The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art
Situationist International, With and Against Cinema
Situationist International, Cinema and Revolution
Situationist International, The Role of Godard
Steven Daly, Pirates of the Multiplex

5. Small Authors and Material Reproduction
Franz Kafka, Intellectual Property
Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Jorge Luis Borges, Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote
Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author
Michel Foucault, Author Function
Robert Luxemburg, The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction

OHHH what a week......

If you want to aquaint yourself with what the SI thought of Goddard, I put up a series of Situationist comics on my Flickr site quite a while ago...but they are still here.

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