Case 5 . The Intellectual Property Issue

December 15th, 2013, 19:00, LEHRTER SIEBZEHN – OPEN | PROJECT | SPACE, Berlin

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

Translations and Proofreading by Carrie Roseland Graphic /  Design by Jonathan Pierni and Sebastian Weindauer

Contributors: Mario Carpo, Gabriella Coleman, Ben Cope, Florian Dombois, Julia Gill, Tim Gough, Alex Head, Anna Kostreva, Jonas Marx, Gerald Raunig, Carrie Roseland, Gabi Schillig, Florian Sievers.

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 affecting 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.