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The Moral Rights of Authors in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism - Day One

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The Moral Rights of Authors in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism - Day One
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

True collaboration in philosophy then is a common movement toward a beloved world – whereby we relieve each other in the most advanced outpost, a movement that demands the greatest effort against the resisting element within which we are flying.

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This public seminar will examine moral rights (droit moraux) in terms of the editioning, dissemination, exhibition, and archiving of bespoke works as part of an artist/author’s “life work” – privileging aspects of such singular works that are positioned at the time of their inception, or retrospectively, as forms of transmedia; i.e., works that cross disciplinary boundaries and utilize multiple mediatic platforms toward progressive and/or no discernible ends.

Attention will be focused on artists and authors, both alive and departed (especially those departed who are actually very much “alive” today), as agents of neo-Hegelian Spirit (Geist) – i.e., progenitors of an artistic or authorial repertoire of works (e.g., the ahistorical “life work,” the Romantic conception of “immortal works,” etc.) that constitutes a critique of conformity and/or utilitarianism as critical position in cultural production, against or in opposition to works that are, intentionally or otherwise, irreducibly in service to Capital.

The sessions will be conducted via multimedia presentations, with guest artists and scholars to present parallel works, on- or off-theme. Projected media and short presentations/ performances of research associated with the convenor’s one-month BIH research project on the subject of moral rights as defined by the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886; 1976) will occur during the two-day seminar both within the sessions and between sessions.

Legal, extra-legal, and “illegal” aspects of copyright and copyleft, moral rights, open-access and open-source works, block-chain production and distributed ledger, author-based collecting societies versus Copyright Management Organizations (CMOs), etc., plus the historical trajectory of the same, are to form the subtending chord for the overall thematic of the moral rights of authors in the age of cognitive capitalism.

DAY ONE – Wednesday 14 June, 12:00-5:00pm

Chris Marker’s Posthumous Archive – An examination of French filmmaker and multimedia artist Chris Marker’s 2013 posthumous bequest, foremost the disposition of the contents of his studio as assimilated to the Cinémathèque Française, Paris, and whether the lion’s share of the latter should have gone to IMEC (l’Institut mémoires de l’édition contemporaine), Abbaye d’Ardenne, Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, Normandy, for proper archiving and subsequent scholarly inquiry, versus to the Cinémathèque Française, for mediatic exploitation as cultural capital (cultural patrimony) via quasi-statist affirmation.

Separate registration is required for the second day: Thursday 15 June, 12:00-5:00pm - Full details & registration

This two-day seminar is convened by Dr. Gavin Keeney, BIH Visiting Research Fellow (June 2017). Gavin is founder of Agence ‘X’, an author and artist’s re-representation bureau founded in New York, New York, USA, in 2007. He has a PhD in Architecture from Deakin University, Australia. His thesis project, “Visual Agency in Art and Architecture,” was conducted sur travaux and resulted in two multimedia exhibitions, “‘Shadow-lands’: The Suffering Image” (2012) and “‘Shadow-lands’ II: Not-I/Thou” (2014), and two books, Dossier Chris Marker: The Suffering Image (2012) and Not-I/Thou: The Other Subject of Art and Architecture (2014). More recently he conducted multimedia and performative experimental design seminars at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, as part of a one-year teaching fellowship in the Faculty of Architecture.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities stimulates research, public debate and collaboration among academics and intellectuals on important issues of our time. Key to its remit is the promotion of new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities.

Research at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London centres on critical legal theory, philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to Law and Criminology. It is a top 10 research institution in the UK and top 3 in London, while its research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality*.

*Times Higher Education 2014 Research Intensity rankings

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