Authorship, copyright and access
in contemporary art
15 Nov 2013
Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
Promises of the Commons
–authorship, copyright and access in contemporary art
Through a dynamic event combining the model of Pecha Kucha and symposium, the Fundación Cisneros Seminar 2013, entitled “Promises of the commons” will present several cases that address copyright, intellectual property and access in contemporary art -positions, quarrels, and reconciliations that have unfolded at an accelerated pace in recent decades due to the internet uses. Now in its third iteration, the next Fundación Cisneros Seminar will be held on November 15, 2013 in the Concert Hall at the Cultural Complex Aula Magna in the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.
A workshop on copyright, by registration only, will take place prior to the seminar. This workshop will be led by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, and is co presented with Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
The array of mechanisms of collaboration, reproduction and uses of the commons that have emerged over the last decades impact the way we conceptualize the idea of the public and the private. Both, cultural production and the interpretation of law as a central mechanism in the construction of the social are deeply affected by this reorganization. Therefore, regulatory frameworks and protocols operating in the field of art are open to interpretation and redefinition. The seminar “Promises of the commons” will focus on exploring how the arts are impacted by these processes, while they interrogate and reveal its ambiguities and contradictions.
“Promises of the commons” will address contemporary artistic practices and cultural projects that challenge the convergences and differences between what is considered private and common property. Today, the Internet allows information – visual, text, and so on –to operate as a vehicle while being an active tool (code), which transforms the traditional paths for negotiation between public and private, self and mutual, singular and participatory.
How does art sublimates or subverts these processes and, at the same time, releases and reveals the mechanisms of participation, dialogue and friction inherent to this new public sphere, transforming its democratic capacity? These and other questions will be triggered and addressed in the Fundación Cisneros Seminar 2013.
Program | 15 Nov 2013
The third focuses on society’s welfare, advocating the creation of incentives to induce creators to generate works from which all benefit. The fourth considers society’s welfare more capaciously, contending that the law should foster a just and attractive culture. All four theories have implications for contemporary art. I will show that the fourth theory is the most illuminating, deriving guidelines from that perspective for the legal treatment of appropriation art.
Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (FAU/UCV)
Auditorio Carlos Raul Villanueva
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The Backer Group is also led by Backer, an experienced grantmaker and formally Senior Program Officer at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Garreta oversees of the executive area, being responsible for establishing a relationship between artists and users, as well as monitoring the use of these artist’s works. Moreover, Garreta plays an important role in promote these artists in different places such as: AUTVIS website, exhibitions, etc.
In 2011 she had her first solo exhibition, entitled Suicidio incesantes, at the Galería Espacio MAD in Caracas. She has participated in various group shows, nationally and internationally. Her interests revolve around the photographic representation of the tension between fiction and reality; identities from a gender perspective, taking as starting points for critical reflection iconic images from art history, pop culture and mass media; the links between photography and poetic act, self-representation, and the body as an individual and collective metaphor.
He is currently Managing Partner of the law firm specialized in Intellectual Property Márquez, Henriquez Ortin & Valedón in Caracas, Venezuela.
Sometimes he draws*, sometimes he writes**.
Professor, Universidad de los Andes.
Twitter: @ revistartishock
Workshop + Bibliography
The one-day workshop presented by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Contemporary Art and Intellectual Property: Appropriation and Copyright Law, will be presented in conjunction to the third edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros en Caracas.
How do artists deal with the inevitable fact that we are — regardless of our desire to resist — complicit in the economic production and replication of both property and intellectual property formation, transactions, and ownership? Can artists simultaneously participate in this “social network” and yet create a space where both tangible and intangible property, and by designation, private and public property, have a function other than that of preserving and perpetuating the exploitation of goods and the creation of vapid culture?
This four-hour workshop will engage these issues through presentation by the facilitator and group discussions. We will start with the initial foundations of property and then shift to the history of appropriation and appropriation art, bringing these concept-metaphors to a crisis with the mode of property ownership otherwise known as copyright.
You can check the recommended bibliography here.
To encourage local participation of those interested in attending the seminar Promises of the Commons, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros will offer travel grants to students, artists and teachers of any age living in Venezuela, outside of Caracas. These travel grants aim to help subsidize travel costs for round trips transportation to and from Caracas. The grant will be handed the day of the seminar at the registration desk, showing a photo ID. The number of available grants is limited, and awardees will be selected on a first come first served basis.
The amount of aid will be set by region as follows:
Centro Bs.F 600,00
Oriente Bs.F 800,00
Nueva Esparta Bs.F 1,000,00
Occidente Bs.F 800,00
This Open Call is valid through November 01, 2013.
Awardees will be notified via email November 04, 2013.
By applying to this travel grant, you accept to be included in the email listserv of the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to receive information on the seminar and future activities.