The Showroom


Polyglot Piracy: Translation and the Instability of Texts: Saturday 23 March 2013, 2–5pm

Usership: Saturday 18 May 2013, 2–5pm

A Day At The Courtroom: Saturday 15 June 2013, 2–5pm

Tickets are £3 per event (payable in cash). No need to book, please just come along


Polyglot Piracy: Translation and the Instability of Texts
Saturday 23 March 2013, 2–5pm
With Professor Eva Hemmungs-Wirtén (Stockholm) and The Piracy Project

As a catalyst for conflicts over the perceived stability of the literary work; the relationship between authors and readers and the geopolitical tensions between producer and user nations, Professor Wirtén suggests that translation offers a complementary, productive, and still largely unexplored approach into the authorship/ copy-right conundrum relevant for copyright historians and print culture scholars.

Saturday 18 May 2013, 2–5pm
With Stephen Wright (Paris) and The Piracy Project

For this presentation, Stephen Wright will touch on the 'user-friendly' words listed in the image above, challenging the use of the word 'piracy' in The Piracy Project. This will be followed by a round table discussion that will try to reveal the ideologies that hide behind the word 'piracy'.

'... I feel more comfortable with a notion of "poaching" instead of piracy: poachers are those who in the shadow of the night make forays behind the enclosures of the owner's land, capture their prey, and withdraw. I guess poaching, too, has a bad name, but I think both the scale and mode of intervention is more appropriate to describing off-the-radar cultural practices today….Usership stands opposed to the whole conceptual institution of ownership -- the very thing that piracy, in its contemporary cultural coinage, like poaching and hacking, is supposed to challenge' Stephen Wright.

A Day At The Courtroom
Saturday 15 June 2013, 2–5pm
With Professor Lionel Bently (Cambridge), Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento (New York), Prodromos Tsiavos (Athens / London) and The Piracy Project

In a performative debate these three lawyers will use their different legal backgrounds to explore concepts of legality, illegality and all the nuances in between. As evidence, they will use items taken from the Piracy Collection.

An events programme as part of AND PUBLISHING's residency at The Showroom.

Eva Hemmungs-Wirtén is Professor in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University and author of several books on Intellectual property including Terms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons.

Stephen Wright is an art-writer and curator based in Paris. His writing has focused on the politics of usership and art practices with low co-efficients of artistic visibility, which raise the prospect of art without artworks, authorship or spectatorship.

Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Cambridge and author of several books about Intellectual Property including Copyright and Piracy, An Interdisciplinary Critique.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is a New York based artist who practices art law (The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento) and runs the Art & Law website

Prodromos Tsiavos is the legal project lead for Creative Commons England, Wales and Greece, and an associate in Avgerinos Law Firm in Athens.