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Art and Law - Value Escalating Machines

Daniel MacLean

Lawyer and curator Daniel Maclean focuses his presentation on how the Law underpins the production of economic and symbolic value in Art. In turn, he uses the intersection between Art and Law to reflect upon the Law as a source and representation of value. He examines three categories within this intersection looking at how the Law, defines regulates and protects Art as well as at times conflicts with it: (a) the ownership of art and disputes over ownership; (b) authorship and authentication; (c) authorship and intellectual property law. As part of this discussion, he gives examples from projects he has curated to examine the inter-disciplinary nature of his practice as a lawyer, writer and an independent curator. Daniel Maclean is head of art and cultural property law at the London law firm Howard Kennedy. Recorded on 10th November 2014

Mon, 12 Jan 15 0

Practising Theory

Sharon Kivland

Sharon Kivland is an artist and writer working in London and France. Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, she is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London, and editor of the journal Transmission Annual. She is a keen reader, considering what is put at stake at the intersection of art, psychoanalysis, and politics. She has described her practice is one of stupid refinement, trapped in archives, libraries, the arcades, and the intersection of public political action and private subjectivity. For some years she has been following Sigmund Freud on holiday, rewriting Zola’s novel Nana, and assembling a number of (shall we say) private collections. Her work is represented by DOMOBAAL, London, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, and Johan Deumens Gallery, Amsterdam.

Mon, 03 Feb 14 0

Susan Schuppli : Material Witness

Susan Schuppli

This lecture explores the concept of “the material witness.” By this I mean an object (specifically a media artefact) whose physical properties or technical configuration records evidence of passing events to which it can actively bear witness. Whether these events register as a by-product of an unintentional encounter (the exposure of celluloid film stock to atmospheric radiation at Chernobyl, for instance) or as an expression of direct action (an edit in a digital video sequence documenting destruction in Bosnia), history—and by extension politics—is registered at these junctures of ontological intensity.

Mon, 11 Mar 13 0

Andrea Phillips : Art and Property

Andrea Phillips

How can artists and their collaborators reconcile any claim for the radical redistribution and dispersed ownership of their practice in the context of the art market, wherein a particularly unregulated form of privatization is affirmed in each commercial transaction, and in which all spaces, including those nominally termed ‘public’, are marked by the acquisition of art-property? Is the structure of artistic labour, at its core, based on the production and circulation of private property rather than social wealth? How might we imagine artworks functioning differently, unhinged from their participation in the uneven circulation of capital?

Mon, 04 Mar 13 0

Hito Steyerl: Is the Internet Dead?

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl is an artist and theorist based in Berlin. She recently had a one-person show at the Art Institute of Chicago comprising six video installations. She is a Professor in Fine Art at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Thu, 28 Feb 13 0