The Anxious Prop Case 5: The Intellectual Property Issue

Dezember 15, 2013

LEHRTER SIEBZEHN – OPEN | PROJECT | SPACE Lehrter Straße 17, 10557 Berlin

Co-directed by Jan Bovelet and Miodrag Kuč edited by Luis Berríos-Negrón

Contributors: Aram Bartholl, Mario Carpo, Gabriella Coleman, Ben Cope, Florian Dombois, Julia Gill, Tim Gough, Lukas Hagel, Alex Head, Anna Kostreva, Jonas Marx, Jonathan Pierini, Gerald Raunig, Carrie Roseland, Gabi Schillig, Florian Sievers, Sebastian Weindauer

Lukas‘ cover for his dj-set of the evening with a transcription of Leibniz‘ diagrammtical sketch of the functioning of knowledge processes.

The issue of intellectual property has gained new momentum with the dawn of the digital habitat. Good half a millennium ago, not long before the printing press was invented and put to work, the architect Leon Alberti Battista introduced methods for the identical reproduction of drawings as a way to protect his original designs from the distortions through analogue reproduction. Today, in an ever expanding collective immersion in identically reproducible things – there is nothing in the digital habitat that can’t be copied –, tables have turned. If everything can be copied, originality and the expression of authorship change their position in cultural topology – a change that has massive impacts on the concept of intellectual property in the whole spectrum of our ways of dealing with reality.

The turn bears tremendous implications for the formation of the emerging digital global societies. Post-Snowden, we only slowly begin to understand how the digitalization of everything is affect- ing our day-to-day reality and the Gestaltung of urban spaces. In Case 5: The Intellectual Property Issue, The Anxious Prop sets out to launch a public complot to intervene in the issue of intellectual property in the digital habitat by way of a collective public intervention and a new edition of the AXP feuilleton. […]