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Economies of Authorship: Ownership and Dispossession
Collage by Yashas Shetty: »In the studio«, Yashas Shetty, 2016 / Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R01996, »Carrier pigeon with camera«, detail
10. November 2016 - 12. November 2016
art, science & business

In conclusion of the series of events dealing with the concept of authorship and the status of the author in the 21st century, held in dialogue between artistic disciplines, philosophy, law, computer and social sciences, the Akademie will round off the two-year discourse with an emphasis on questions of authorship from economic, political and juridical as well as non-western perspectives.

Economies of Authorship: Ownership and Dispossession will focus on a differentiated comparison between the concepts of authorship and copyright – the difference between authorship as a moral, non-alienable right versus understanding authorship as a service – with an emphasis on economic and political aspects. It will on the one hand move between a discussion on the power structure of an increasingly data-driven economy, and on the other examine the role of the Commons in relation to the notions of sovereignty and dispossession.

How do the Creative Commons movement and the possible use of free software affect the neoliberal economic system, how does it affect non-western societies? Can we imagine that capitalism simply disappears through the Creative Commons and is being replaced by a sharing economy, which revives Collaborative Commons as a contemporary solidary form of human and economic interaction? How can the Cultural Commons be related to political sovereignty, individuation and subjectivation?


Thursday, November 10, 2016

7.00 p.m.  |  Abandoning Strategies of Artificial Scarcity: Is it Possible to Create Revenues from
                    the Commons? 

                    Keynote by Michel Bauwens

8.00 p.m.  |  L’autre comme Motif – Commande et contrat dans le travail de Sâadane Afif
                    Lecture by Saâdane Afif

Friday, November 11, 2016

10.00 a.m. |  Notes on Hiding – A Hands-on Workshop on Developing and Building Tools to Hide,
                     Share, Broadcast, and Listen

​                     With Yashas Shetty

1.00 p.m.   |  Lunch

2.00 p.m.   |  Data Economies and the Freedom of Cultural Production
                     Lectures by Seda Gürses, Martin Zeilinger

3.00 p.m.   |  Coffee Break

3.15 p.m.   |  Political Sovereignty and Copyright Governance
                     Lectures by Nina Støttrup Larsen, Kun Akaabir, Salma Lahlou

4.45 p.m.   |  Coffee Break

5.00 p.m.   |  Authorship, Subjectivation and Resistance
                     Lectures and film screenings by Dima Hourani, Janine Jembere

7.00 p.m.   |  Dinner

8.00 p.m.   |  Ashes2Ashes
                     Performance by Cássio Diniz Santiago

Saturday, November 12, 2016

10.00 a.m.  |  Notes on Hiding – A Hands-on Workshop on Developing and Building Tools to Hide,
                      Share, Broadcast, and Listen

                      With Yashas Shetty

With contributions by:

Saâdane Afif, artist based in Berlin/Germany
Kun Akaabir, anthropologist focusing on Muslim culture and law in Indonesia, Purwokerto/Indonesia
Michel Bauwens, theorist and founder of the P2P Foundation, Chiang Mai/Thailand
Seda Gürses, researcher working on privacy technologies and feminist critique of computer science, Brussels/Belgium
Dima Hourani, visual artist, Ramallah/Palestine
Janine Jembere, filmmaker and sound artist, Berlin/Germany
Salma Lahlou, curator and founder of A Modern Artisan, Maghreb/Morocco
Cássio Diniz Santiago, performer, theater director, researcher, dramaturg, São Paulo/Brazil
Yashas Shetty, artist, educator, member and co-founder of Hackteria, Bangalore/India
Nina Støttrup Larsen, artist and designer, Amsterdam/Netherlands
Martin Zeilinger, curator of the Vector New Media Art Festival, Toronto/Canada and lecturer in media, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge/United Kingdom

The symposium is part of the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude and takes place within the framework of the Kreativitäts- und Innovationsring Baden-Württemberg. The project is supported by the Innovationsfonds Kunst of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

The event will be held in English. Admission is free.

Per diem meal allowance incl. lunch, dinner, coffee, and beverages 20 euros/10 euros for students.

Please register by November 7, 2016 via e-mail to Luzi Gross:
​, tel.: + 49 (0) 711 99619 134

Parallel to the symposium, the exhibition In the Carpet / Über den Teppich takes place at ifa-Galerie Stuttgart. It includes works dealing with definitions of the carpet as object and representation, space and territory, form and technique, in which strong links between North Africa and Europe are interwoven. The exhibition is on view from October 28 to December 18, 2016. With works by Saâdane Afif and curated by Salma Lahlou, amongst others.