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CURATED BY LAW
ART, SCIENCE & BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM
25. January 2013 10:00 - 19:00
symposium
art, science & business

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Concept
What is the connection between art and law? While art deals with free associations, emotions, and aesthetics and tends to ignore or even break legal boundaries, law is constituted by rules and forms which build the administrative backbone of the state and establishes boundaries to artistic expression. The symposium »Curated by Law« will address the relationship between art and law, focusing on overlap, interdependency, and limitations between these two fields.
 
The confrontation between artistic works and legal concepts prompts many challenging questions: Is it possible to modify a centuries-old fresco without authorization, then claim to hold the copyright for the result? Should Banksy be prosecuted for using private and public real estate as a canvas? Could the owner of these properties be legally prevented from demolishing them? Will our offspring be able to inherit the digital art we purchased? Could a Stormtrooper helmet from the Star Wars movies be considered art from a legal point of view? All these questions represent actual problems with real implications. As many artists—intentionally or not—question legal boundaries and deal with means of provocation in order to show moral and functional limits of the legal system, the legal framework of art may become a subject of artistic expression itself. Furthermore, the legal system may also provide defined and clear role models for artists and their potentially conflictual artwork.
 
The symposium »Curated by Law«, within the art, science & business program of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, opens up a stage for dialog between art and law. The symposium is designed to help artists improve their knowledge of legal frameworks and to offer jurists insight into artistic practice. It provides the opportunity to discuss the above-mentioned crucial issues, such as the legal limits of artistic expression, the dangers of derivative work, and the moral rights of the author. The audience is strongly invited to participate in the discussion.




Participants
Angela Butterstein, Press & PR, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
Javier de la Cueva, lawyer, Madrid
Stéphane M. Grueso, filmmaker, Madrid
Dr. Till Kreutzer, lawyer, iRights.info, Berlin
Charlotte Moth, artist, Paris/Stuttgart
Nadia Plesner, artist, Copenhagen
Dr. Cornelia Sollfrank, artist and researcher, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Scotland
Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler, University of Göttingen
 
During the symposium, two films by the German artist Cornelia Sollfrank and the Spanish filmmaker Stéphane M. Grueso will be screened at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
 


Program
 
Friday, January 25, 2013
 
10:00 am Welcome Remarks                                           
Prof. Jean-Baptiste Joly, Director of the Akademie
 
10:15 am Introduction
Dr. Roberto Yanguas Gómez, researcher, Cracow
 
10:30 am Keynote
»Modifications of Copyrighted Works in the Digital Age—Mash Ups, Remixes, and other Modifications«
Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler, Director of the Institute for Commercial Law, University of Göttingen
 
11:15 am Coffee Break
 
11:45 am Case I: »Performing the Paradoxes of Intellectual Property«
Dr. Cornelia Sollfrank, artist and researcher, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Scotland
Dr. Till Kreutzer, lawyer, iRights.info, Berlin
 
1:00 pm Lunch
 
2:30 pm Case II: »Copyright, or the Right to Copy«
Stéphane M. Grueso, filmmaker, Madrid
Javier de la Cueva, lawyer, Madrid
 
3:45 pm Coffee Break
 
4:15 pm Panel: »Limits to Artistic Expression«
Charlotte Moth, artist, Paris/Stuttgart
Nadia Plesner, artist, Amsterdam
in discussion with Javier de la Cueva, lawyer, Madrid and Angela Butterstein, Press & PR, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
 
5:30 pm Final Discussion
 


Registration

The conference fee, catering included, is 20 Euro (regular)/15 Euro (students).
Registration is requested to Lisa Schreiber by January 18, 2013:
ls@akademie-solitude.de, +49 (0) 711-99619 134.