The Piracy Project
July 2010 –
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 is not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.
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. Through research and an international call for submissions The Project has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world.
The collection, which is catalogued online, is the starting point for talks and work groups around the concept of originality, the notion of authorship and politics of intellectual property.
The next set of events will be hosted by the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and Kunstverein Munich in 2014.
The Piracy Project is a collaboration between Andrea Francke and Eva Weinmayr.