Printed Matter, Inc.
New York, NY 10001
Copy This Book Panel Discussion
Copy This Book is an artist’s guide to copyright, written for makers. At once practical and critical, the book guides readers through the concepts underlying copyright and how they apply in practice.
Printed Matter hosts the publication’s first U.S. presentation, where a panel of author- designer-advocates including Loraine Furter, Ellen Lupton, and Celine Semaan will meet with Copy This Book’s author Eric Schrijver to chart and challenge the developing norms on copying both legally and artistically.
Artists and designers today are increasingly confronted with legal issues. Legally speaking, popular artistic strategies such as quotation and appropriation can amount to copyright infringement. As new EU legislation pushes online platforms globally towards automated scanning of uploads (Article 13), artists are more likely to be impacted still when their artistic creation oversteps legal boundaries. Simultaneously, artists deal with social norms for copying that evolve. Depending on whom copied what, a copy can now also be understood as an exercise of privilege. Yet the notion of cultural appropriation is not readily captured in the existing legal framework. Creative and artistic communities now face the challenge to advance a mutually shared concept of copying, but also to find ways for their norms to have an impact on the legal status quo.
Loraine Furter is the graphic designer and editor of Copy This Book as well as a researcher on women’s artists’s books. Based in Brussels since 2007, she specializes in editorial design, hybrid publishing and intersectional feminism. She designs and edits paper publications as well as web and digital ones, and is particularly interested in the interaction between these media.
Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist.
Eric Schrijver is a Dutch interaction designer, artist and author, born in Amsterdam in 1984. He now lives in Brussels, and works for the Belgian IT company ACSONE, designing and developing interfaces for clients in the public and private sector. Eric directs a group blog called I like tight pants and mathematics, that aims to motivate designers and artists to get more involved in the world of computer programmers. Eric has taught workshops at art schools around the world. He has been a teacher at the Masters Graphic Design at the École de Recherche Graphique (ERG), and is currently a faculty member at KABK (The Hague), teaching coding to fourth year Graphic Design students.
Celine Semaan is a Designer, Advocate, Writer and Founder of Sustainable Fashion Initiatives Slow Factory and The Library Study Hall. She is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and is on the Board of Directors of AIGA NY. She writes for New York Mag: The Cut, Elle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, among others. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN Vogue, Refinery29, Scientific American, Fast Company, Teen Vogue and many more.
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