Piratbyrån and Friends

Organization Furtherfield Gallery
Hours Sunday, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 06:00pm


Opening starts at May 03,2014 02:00pm
Opening ends at May 03,2014 05:00pm
Address McKenzie Pavilion Finsbury Park N4 2NQ, London, United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0) 208 802 2827
Website http://www.furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/piratbyran-and-friends
Start May 4, 2014
End June 8, 2014
Closed Monday - Thursday

Piratbyrån and Friends traces the stories of cultural sharing and affinity-building among the activities and values of the members of Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy), a Swedish artist/activist group established to support the free sharing of information, culture and intellectual property. The exhibition presents screenings, installations and artworks by various members of the group, including a newly commissioned work by artists Geraldine Juarez and Evan Roth. The show also features a new networked audio project which mediates their rich archive and foregrounds the role of piracy as an agent of innovative disruption and cultural transmission.

Piratbyrån have always resisted clear definition. Created on the Internet as a loose friendship group with a shared commitment to media and piracy in the shifting ecologies of digital copyright law, Piratbyrån operated through a number of different identities. From the #discobeddienti IRC chatroom, to the infamous Pirate Bay, to the determinedly analogue SX23 bus trip to Manifesta 8, and their subsequent disbandment in 2010, Piratbyrån consciously cultivated an air of mystery and intrigue around their diverse range of activities.

Their political agenda has always been consciously enigmatic, and their identity wilfully plural and complex in character. As the members of Piratbyrån have scattered and morphed into new configurations, what remains clear is their dedication to the strategy of friendship. Piratbyrån have always had a particular commitment to the value of friendship as a shelter for culture and a  space to understand, imagine and experiment as a community from the edges of the Internet.

More info: http://www.furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/piratbyran-and-friends

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