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 the aim is to develop a critical and creative platform for issues raised by acts of cultural piracy.
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.
The Piracy Project, a series of lectures around book piracy, the concept of authorship and the politics of copyright:
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
Byam Shaw Library, London