AND publishing announces The Piracy Lectures

AND publishing announces The Piracy Lectures

AND Publishing

treet vendor in Lima, Peru.
Photograph: Andrea Francke
May 4, 2011

AND publishing announces
The Piracy Lectures

The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. With a series of talks from guest speakers, workshops and an open call for pirated book projects to add to a Piracy Collection we aim to develop a critical and creative platform for issues raised by acts of cultural piracy. After a period of research and production at Byam Shaw School of Art Library in London this unique collection of books will travel to international venues making temporary reading rooms.

The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying / re-editing / translating / paraphrasing / imitating / re-organising / manipulating of already existing works. Here creativity and originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled. 

Calendar of talks

5 May
The New Pierre Menard: Digitisation and Everything After
James Bridle

12 May

Copy and Paste: Re-reading Uncreative Writing
Eleanor Vonne Brown

19 May

Authorship & Originality in Art
Daniel McClean

26 May

The Incunablum and the Plastic Bag
Maria Fusco

2 June
The Copy Continuum: cultural perceptions of piracy, and the future of ideas
Bobbie Johnson

9 June

Of pirates and archivists: the boundaries of Copyright limitations and exceptions and the underground archiving movement
Prodromos Tsiavos

James Bridle
is a publisher, writer and artist based in London, UK. He makes things with words, books and the internet; sometimes the results look like businesses, and sometimes they don’t. He speaks at conferences worldwide and writes about what he does at

Eleanor Vonne Brown set up X Marks the Bökship, a London based project space for independent publishers. It is specialising in publishing works by artists and designers, books, journals and discourse. The Bök in Bökship refers to Christian Bök, an experimental poet of the North American Conceptual Writing movement.

Daniel McClean, is an independent curator, writer, and art-legal adviser. McClean is a solicitor at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP where he specializes in art, media and intellectual property law. McClean writes regularly on art legal matters. He was the commissioning editor of The Trials of Art, (2007) and Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture (2002).

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in London. Her first collection of short stories The Mechanical Copula has just be published by Sternberg Press. She is founder/editor of The Happy Hypocrite a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing, and Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Bobbie Johnson is a journalist, writer and trouble-maker who specialises in covering the intersection of technology and society. He has written for a range of outlets from the BBC to Wired, and acts as European editor for technology blog GigaOM. For nearly a decade he was an editor and reporter with the Guardian
based in London and San Francisco. 

Prodromos Tsiavos is the legal project lead for the Creative Commons – England and Wales and Greece projects, and an associate in Avgerinos Law Firm in Athens. Among other academic engagements he is a research officer at the London School of Economics. He advises the Greek Prime Minister’s e-Government Task Force on legal issues of open data and is the Special Secretary for Digital Planning. 

When: Lectures start at 6.30 pm. Pirate Labs run from 3 – 6 pm

Where: Byam Shaw School of Art Library, 2 Elthorne Road, London N19 4AG

Please see our open Call for Contributions for piracy book projects.  We will run a Pirate Lab prior to the lectures. Here we offer conceptual and/or practical support to develop your book project. Please drop in to talk to us or use our printing facilities.

The Piracy Project is developed by Andrea Francke, Lynn Harris and Eva Weinmayr. 

AND Publishing
Byam Shaw School of Art
2 Elthorne Road
London N19 4AG


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