Time: Thursday June 15, from 17:00-19:00, in the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut
Address: Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

How to defend the access to knowledge in the current intellectual property regime? Interfacing the law is an attempt to experiment with and to openly discuss shadow libraries, piratical text collections and other forms of disobedient sharing. Interfacing each in their own way with legal and political frameworks, we want to consider those vibrant practices as experiments with the social contracts that link libraries, librarians, readers and books.

After a welcome by Het Nieuwe Instituut library staff, students from the XPUB program present four projects developed in the context of Interfacing the law. Followed by a discussion with Aymeric Mansoux and Séverine Dusollier. Moderation: Femke Snelting

With: Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Franc González, Giulia de Giovanelli, Max Franklin, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe, Kimmy Spreeuwenberg, Margreet Riphagen, Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska


Séverine Dusollier, Doctor in Law and professor at SciencesPo, Paris. She has carried out research in several European and national projects, namely for the Belgian Government, WIPO, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the European Commission and Parliament. Her current research relates to intellectual property, copyright and IP limitations, the public domain and the commons.

Aymeric Mansoux, artist, musician and media researcher. His research deals with the defining, constraining and confining of cultural freedom in the context of network based practices. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London on the creative misunderstandings between art, politics and the law within free culture.

Femke Snelting, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels.

Special Issue #3: Interfacing the Law is part of the PIET ZWART MASTER MEDIA DESIGN GRADUATE FESTIVAL 2017 followed  by Screenings Friday 16, June @ 18:30 in KINO.

PZI MD Experimental Publishing path (XPUB) http://xpub.nl
PZI / WDKA / Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences www.pzimediadesign.nl

Upcoming event: OP = OP Publication Launch + Live Printing
Tuesday June 20, 17.00 – 20.00 American Book Center, Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam