Interfacing the law (2019)

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Interfacing the law

Pirate libraries, shadow libraries, piratical text collections, amateur digital libraries, peer produced libraries and how to read them together.


// Week 1

Monday 15 April

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Aymeric in the small project space
Custodians of knowledge

Tuesday 16 April

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Femke in the small project space
IFL introductions

Wednesday 17 April

XPUB1: 13:00 - 17:00 RW&RM Steve in the small project space

1) Review reading material

2) Following on from the session with Femke:

Today's outcome: A series of annotated questions (as opposed to a question with an answer) which can provide some basis for further discussion on Thursday.

Thursday 18 April

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Femke in the small project space + park

  • 11:00 Intro: m-e-t-h-o-d-o-l-o-g-i-e-s (or not)
  • 11:15 Q + Q
  • 12:00 Response-ability
  • 13:00 Lunch / move to Museumpark
  • 14:00 Phenomenal cartography
  • 15:30 s\p\e\l\l\i\n\g and/or Diffractive reading and/or Renaming|reframing
  • 17:00 Feedback + next session
  • 17:30 end

Readings & References
Ursula Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Karen Barad, Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart (2014)

Rozentuin, 18 April

Download kit: m-e-t-h-o-d-o-l-o-g-i-e-s (or not)

// Week 2

Study Week

// Week 3

May vacation

// Week 4

Tuesday 7 May

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Femke + Bodo in the small project space
Workshop with Bodo Balasz

Reading: Bodó, Balázs (2019): The science of piracy, the piracy of science. Who are the science pirates and where do they come from Part I + Part II

Wednesday 8 May

XPUB1: 11:00 - 17:00 RW&RM Steve in the small project space

AM: 1) Design an (an)notation system

AM-PM 2) Read and annotate in groups

PM - 3) Discuss

Outcome 16:30: annotated reading of [part of] text. Meet as a group and explain it all to Steve.

Annotating: Bodó, Balázs (2019): The science of piracy, the piracy of science. Who are the science pirates and where do they come from Part I + Part II


Thursday 9 May

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Eva, Martino + Anita @ Rietveld Academy library, Frederik Roeskestraat 96 Amsterdam
Infrastructural Manœuvres in the Library: Bibliographies, categories and metadata with Martino Morandi, Anita Burato and Eva Weinmayr.

  • 09:27 track 9 Rotterdam Centraal NS Intercity richting Lelystad Centrum
  • 10:16 track 1-2 Schiphol Airport
  • 10:31 track 1-2 Schiphol Airport R84 4637 (find Eva!)
  • 10:37 track 2 Amsterdam Lelylaan

Friday 10 May

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 10:00 - 17:00 / with Eva + Femke in the hub
Workshop with Eva Weynmayr: Borrowing, Poaching, Plagiarising, Pirating, Stealing, Gleaning, Referencing, Leaking, Copying, Imitating, Adapting, Faking, Paraphrasing, Quoting, Reproducing, Using, Counterfeiting, Repeating, Translating, Cloning

Distributed reading: p267-301 from Weinmayr, Eva (2019): "Confronting Authorship, Constructing Practices (How Copyright is Destroying Collective Practice" in: Whose Book is it Anyway? A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity. Edited by Janis Jefferies and Sarah Kember

Reading with Eva Weinmayr, 10 May

// Week 5

Monday 13 May

XPUB1: Prototyping with Andre in the small project space with special guest Amy Suo Wu.

Materiality of digital files: strategies for embedding, revealing, removing, transforming and reimagining, hidden information in digital.

  • 11:00 - 13:30 workshop with André: watermarks in JSTOR and Verso book publications
  • 14:30 - 17:00 presentation by Amy Wu: on steganography Tactics and Poetics of Invisibility ; followed by discussion.


Tuesday 14 May

XPUB1: Prototyping with Michael in the HUB

Thursday 16 May

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 17:00 / with Femke in the small project space

// Week 6

Tuesday 21 May

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 13:00 / with Femke in the small project space on-line
Project proposals

Wednesday 22 May

XPUB1: 11:00 - 17:00 RW&RM Steve in the small project space

Femke’s note to Steve: “Today (21-5-19) the first years proposed to develop a collective project, that would connect different individual interests in annotation in the context of digital pirate libraries. We also discussed that the launch was going to be an active situation (workshops?) rather than a presentation, since the practice of piracy seems to matter more than talking about it. One thing that is still being discussed in the group, is what collection of materials they will be annotating.”

// Week 7

Monday 27 May

XPUB1: Prototyping with Andre in the small project space


Wednesday 29 May

XPUB1: 11:00 - 18:00 Prototyping with Michael in the small project space

// Week 8

Tuesday 4 June

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 10:00 - 17:00 / with Dusan + Femke in the small project space
Workshop with Dusan Barok

10:00 Discuss launch, plans, TODO-lists (Femke)
11:00 Dusan Barok on Monoskop
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Dusan on annotation; return to plans together

Wednesday 5 June

XPUB1: 11:00 - 17:00 RW&RM Steve in the small project space

The task for the end of the today is to present a design for a workshop to Steve (at 16:00).

This workshop will be prototyped during your next session with Femke (Wed 12 June) (although you can test it out on each other beforehand, of course).

Three new pads here:

Three groups:

Selection ≥ inclusion

Physical ≥ digital —

Processes of collective reading —

// Week 9

Tuesday 11 June

XPUB1: Prototyping with Michael in the small project space

Wednesday 12 June

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 20:00 / with Femke in the hub
workshop testruns

  • 11:00 start, set up day, check communication
  • 11:30 - 12:30: selection ≥ inclusion, round 1
  • [bring-your-lunch]
  • 13:30 - 14:30: digital ≥ physical, round 1
  • [break]
  • 14:40 - 15:40: collective reading, round 1
  • [break]
  • 15:50 - 16:50: selection ≥ inclusion, round 2
  • [break]
  • 17:00 - 18:00: digital ≥ physical, round 2
  • [break]
  • 18:10 - 19:10: collective reading, round 3
  • discuss, evaluate, make plans
  • 20:00 end!

// Week 10

Monday 17 June

XPUB1: Prototyping with Andre in the small project space

Thursday 20 June

XPUB1 Special Issue 9: 11:00 - 19:00 / Femke in ...
Launch Special Issue 9

Wednesday 10 July

XPUB1: 11:00 - 18:00 Interfacing the law evaluations

Assessments (Aymeric + Femke)

  • 11:00-11:45 Marginal Conversations
  • 11:45-12:30 Knowledge in Action
  • 12:30-13:15 Blurry boundaries

Individual feedback (Femke) — Please put your name!

  • 14:30-14:50: Bo
  • 15:10-15:30: Simon
  • 15:30-15:50: Rita
  • 15:50-16:10: Pedro
  • 15:10-16:30: Artemis
  • 16:50-17:10: Tancredi
  • 17:10-17:30: Biyi
  • 17:30-17:50: Paloma

Participants, guests + contributors

Bodó Balázs

Bodó Balázs is an economist, piracy researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam.

Before moving to the Netherlands, he was deeply involved in the development of the Hungarian internet culture. He was the project lead for Creative Commons Hungary. He is a member of the National Copyright Expert Group. As an assistant professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, he helped to established and led the university’s Masters Program in Cultural Industries. He has advised several public and private institutions on digital archives, content distribution, online communities, business development. His academic interests include copyright and economics, piracy, media regulation, peer-to-peer communities, underground libraries, digital archives, informal media economies. His most recent book is on the role of P2P piracy in the Hungarian cultural ecosystem.

Dušan Barok

Dušan Barok is a researcher, writer and artist based in Amsterdam. He is founding editor of Monoskop and currently a research fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam focusing on the documentation of time-based art. Born in Bratislava, he graduated in information technologies from the University of Economics, Bratislava (DI, 1997-2002), and Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (MDes, 2010-12). In 2012 he has co-founded the artist collective La Société Anonyme known for its work The SKOR Codex. In collaboration with Bergen Center for Electronic Arts he organised and moderated the series of seminars on media aesthetics The Extensions of Many in the spring of 2015. In the autumn of 2015 he organised and convened a symposium entitled Ideographies of Knowledge in collaboration with Barbora Šedivá.

André Castro

André Castro is a media artist, with a background in sound art and experimental music. His recent practice deals with digital publications, offline digital libraries (, MIDI songs, and chatbots.

André is a 2013 alumnus of the MMDC program and has previously studied under the Sonic Arts MA at Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts (Middlesex University, UK).

Currently André is a tutor at the Piet Zwart Institute.

Infrastructural Manœuvres in the Library (Anita Burato + Martino Morandi)

Infrastructural Manœuvres is an ongoing project of the Rietveld and Sandberg library; its aim is to foreground the role and possibilities of a library technical infrastructure, opening it up to reflection and experimentation.

Aymeric Mansoux

Aymeric Mansoux research deals with the defining, constraining and confining of cultural freedom in the context of network based practices. His past and current collaborations spawn across the creation of festivals and conferences (Le Placard, make art, FREE?!), music and sound works (0xA, Raid Over Moscow, stmsq1), installations (Go Forth & *, Hello Process, Meshy), software (Puredyne GNU/Linux) as well as collectives and communities (GOTO10, La Société Anonyme, 80c), books (FLOSS+Art, Elastic Versailles) and all sorts of workshops related to media, net, generative, software art and culture.

His latest collaborations are Naked on Pluto (VIDA award [ES]), with Marloes de Valk and Dave Griffiths, a project that aims at unfolding the issues of software mediation in the context of privacy and communication within a proprietary and commercial social network such as Facebook; and The SKOR Codex (Japan Media Arts Festival award [JP]), with La Société Anonyme, a limited edition of eight hand bound books of raw data dumps that mimic NASA’s Golden Disc Record, aiming at documenting the life at a Dutch institution before it ceased to exists with the 2012 Dutch art funding cuts.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London [UK] under supervision of Prof. Matthew Fuller, researching on the creative misunderstandings between art, politics and the law within free culture. He regularly publishes essays and papers linked to his ongoing research:

Michael Murtaugh

Michael Murtaugh completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’94). Subsequently he was part of the Interactive Cinema group, led by Glorianna Davenport at the MIT Media Lab where he completed a masters degree (’96). His research focus was on building tools for “Evolving Documentaries”, or how traditional film/video model evolves in the context of digital networked media such as the Web.

Currently Michael teaches in the Master Media Design and Communication programme at the Piet Zwart Institute. He is a member of Constant, a Brussels based collective engaged in the fields of free and open source software, feminism, copyright alternatives, and collaborative networks. With Constant he is currently working on Active Archives, a platform for diverse material ranging from texts to images and video. Seeing the project as both technical and cultural, the system facilitates, re-use of material while enriching content through metadata, vocabularies, and taxonomies. Next to these activities, Murtaugh is the founder of, a new media design firm specialised in community databases, interactive documentary, and tools for new forms of reading and writing online.

Dubravka Sekulic

Dubravka Sekulic is an architect and researcher focusing on the topics of transformation of public domain in the contemporary cities, commons and spatial justice, and spatial implications of neoliberal planning. Her book "Glotzt nicht so Romantisch! On Extralegal Space in Belgrade" was published in 2012, by Jan van Eyck Academie. Together with Žiga Testen, and Gal Kirn she co-edited the book “Surfing the Black” about Yugoslav black wave cinema published by Jan van Eyck in Spring 2012.

In 2012, together with Andrej Dolinka and Katarina Krsti? she curated a show “Three points of support: Zoran Bojovi?” at Museum of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade, with the focus on African and Middle Eastern projects of Bojovic and their relation to Non-aligned Movement. Together with Branko Belacevic, Jelena Stefanovic, Marko Miletic and Srcan Prodanovic she authored exhibition and book “Peti park - Struggle for Everyday” about the struggle of a community for a park in Belgrade.

She is working on a book “Planning for the Unexpected – Sourcebook for Urban Struggle” based on the experiences of regional Right to the City initiatives, for which she was awarded artistic research grant by Royal Art Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Dubravka exhibited and lectured about her work across the globe, including at aut.innsbruck (at), Stroom, the Hague (nl), Superfront, Los Angeles (USA), AA, London (UK). She graduated architecture at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, where she was a lecturer. She was an East European Exchange Network fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and a design researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton writes and edits.

Femke Snelting

Femke Snelting develops projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software. She works with and for Constant, a Brussels-based association for arts and media that generates performative publishing, curatorial processes, poetic software, experimental research and educational experiments in local and international contexts.

With Constant, she co-initiated the design/research team Open Source Publishing (OSP) and the Libre Graphics Research Unit to investigate the way digital tools and creative practice might co-construct each other.

With Jara Rocha, she currently develops Possible Bodies, an ongoing collaborative research on the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities that "bodies" are. Through inventories, performative experiments and texts they ask what matter-cultural conditions of possibility render them present, especially in contact with the technologies, infrastructures, and techniques of 3D tracking, modeling and scanning.

She collaborated with Renée Turner and Riek Sijbring as De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research), employing a variety of tactics to explore female identity, narratives of the archive and media image ecologies.

In 2015 Femke was an Art, Science and Business fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude and currently she teaches at The Piet Zwart Institute (Media Design: experimental publishing, Rotterdam) and a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels).

Eva Weinmayr

Eva Weinmayr is an artist, writer and lecturer based in London. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and lectures at Central St Martins London. She has a long-standing engagement with digital and print media and publishing as critical art practice. Together with Andrea Francke she runs The Piracy Project, a collection of copied, appropriated and pirated books from across the world. The collection tours in form of a reading room and hosts discursive events exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy. She is also a co-director of AND Publishing since 2009. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Zacheta National Art Gallery Warsaw, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, Whitechapel Gallery London, FormContent, Matt’s Gallery and The Showroom in London.


Sample libraries


Video + film fragments

  • Brian Knappenberger, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) "follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz (...) a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties."
  • Cornelia Sollfrank, Giving What You Don't Have (2012-2015) "I realised how limited the discourse on appropriation is and shifted the question from what artists can TAKE, to the question of what artists can GIVE, in the sense of what they can contribute to the free circulation of art and culture." (interview with Andrea Francke, Eva Weinmayr, Piracy Project)
  • Welcome to the scene, Episode 01 (2004) "They are revered, reviled, hunted and admired. No one knows who they are - at least, not as far as they know."
  • Jamie King, Steal this film II (2007) "If Steal this film II proves at all useful in bringing new people into the leagues of those now prepared to think 'after intellectual property', think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity, we have achieved our main goal." (interview with Lawrence Liang)
  • Simon Klose, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013) "How did Tiamo, a beer crazy hardware fanatic, Brokep a tree hugging eco activist and Anakata, a paranoid cyber libertarian, get the White House to threaten the Swedish government with trade sanctions?"

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