The Piracy Project

The Piracy Project is an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. Through research and an international call for submissions, the Project has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world. The collection, […]

Piracy Project Reading Room at Kunstverein Munich

As part of CodeX at Kunstverein Munich The Piracy Project has installed a one-month reading organising the Piracy Collection according to distribution networks. The white market for books encompasses all legal and authorised distribution through traditional channels. The books in this selection have been produced through publishing houses, have ISBN numbers and are produced in […]

Piracy Project Reading Room at Academy of Media Art Cologne

We’ll bring the Piracy Collection to Cologne to set up a temporary reading room. Drop in for a cup of coffee, and for daily readings, our Gespräch an der Bar and the symposium The Politics of Narrative with screenwriter Sylke Rene Meyer.  

Piracy Project Reading Room at Grand Union

This winter the Piracy Collection will be housed at Grand Union. We’ll be also giving a talk at Birmingham Public Library Active and Passive Love of Books and run a workshop with Karen di Franco to come up with alternative classification terms for selected books from the Piracy Collection. Thank you Cheryl Jones for being […]

Piracy Lectures at Byam Shaw Library

5 May – James Bridle The New Pierre Menard: digitisation and everything after James Bridle is a publisher, writer and artist based in London, UK. He makes things with words, books and the internet; sometimes the results look like businesses, and sometimes they don’t. He speaks at conferences worldwide and writes about what he does […]

Putting The Piracy Collection on the Shelf

Copies of books held in the Piracy Collection circulate the world through underground circles of distribution. Some are sold as artists’ books, some are made for private use, and some are one-offs made especially for this collection. All bring up peculiar questions about who the real authors are and what is seen as the real […]

Polyglot Piracy: Translation and the Instability of Texts

As part of The Piracy Project residency at The Showroom we invited Professor Eva Hemmungs-Wirtén for a roundtable discussion.  Polyglot Piracy will be a catalyst to explore conflicts over the perceived stability of literary works; the relationship between authors and readers and the geopolitical tensions between producer- and user notions. Professor Wirtén suggests that translation offers a complementary, productive, and still largely unexplored approach […]

Piracy Collection Reading Room at SALT Research, Istanbul

Eva Weinmayr is in residence at SALT Reseach in Istanbul. She brings The Piracy Project to İstanbul in the form of a temporary reading room and parallel events. Weinmayr develops a platform to discuss unauthorized approaches to the recontextualization of cultural works—focusing not only on artists and writers, but also on publishers, programmers, academics, and business people in […]

Discussion — Cultural Piracy at Whitechapel Art Book Fair

Where does the creative act lie in the process of copying? Cultural piracy is pervading publishing worldwide, but what makes these new forms original and what issues are raised? Participants include artists Andrea Francke and Eva Weinmayr, The Piracy Project, AND Publishing; Kenneth Goldsmith, founder, UbuWeb and Nick Thurston, Editor of information as material, who […]

The Piracy Lectures

As part of The Piracy Project we would like to invite you to join a series of lectures around book piracy, the concept of authorship and politics of copyright. With James Bridle, Elenor Vonne Brown, Daniel McClean, Maria Fusco, Bobbie Johnson, Prodromos Tsiavos and Andrea Francke. Lectures start at 6.30 pm See full programme and podcasts.

Boxing and Unboxing

  We want to learn more about non-verbal negotiation, care, anger, dialogue, transgressions and defense. We hope that training together will teach us to ‘relate’ and help us find a new language to talk about the many conflicts and contradictions we need to negotiate. The boxing classes are free and for all abilities, ages (16+), shapes and […]


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Gespräch an der Bar 

Thank you all for coming to Andrea Francke and Eva Weinmayr’s talk in the Piracy Project Reading Room in Cologne and special thanks to Sarah Käsmayr for telling us about her stunning research into the the history of pirated versions of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Chronicle of a Death Foretold in Germany in the 70s and 80s — […]

Giving What You Don’t Have

Cornelia Sollfrank interviewed us in the Piracy Project Reading Room at Grand Union in Birmingham. The conversation is par of her research Giving What You Don’t Have including interviews with Femke Snelting, Sean Dockray, Marcell Mars Dmytri Kleiner and Kenneth Goldsmith.

Active and Passive Love of Books

Please come to our panel discussion with Cornelia Sollfranck about The Piracy Project and the legal frameworks we engage with when dealing with each others works. Cornelia who chaires the panel will also record a conversation with us for  Giving what you don’t have in the afternoon.

Making Social Realities With Books

Brett Bloom (Temporary Services, Chicago) invited the Piracy Project to run a one-week international workshop with students from Denmark, Reykjavik and Estonia. We asked students to produce a publication in response to one term of their choice from the list below. This list of words set up a framework to discuss the relationships we build […]

Books from the Ships at Oslo10, Basel

The Piracy Project presents an exhibition with a collection of pirated books, recipes and entertainment electronics, as well as two films and a lecture at Oslo10. Piracy Lab (16 and 17 November 2012) This two-day workshop on issues raised by cultural piracy in collaboration with the  Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel (FHNW). Interested participants from all […]

Truth is Concrete, Steirischer Herbst Graz

If you’re in Graz Austria please stop by Truth is Concrete, a 24/7 marathon camp, where around 150 artists, activists and scientists will lecture, 
perform, play, produce, debate and collect artistic strategies in politics and political strategies 
in art. The marathon is a machine, running in the centre, inspiring and frustrating. The Piracy Project asks participants and speakers and audience to […]

Help/less at Printed Matter New York

As part of the exhibition Help/less at Printed Matter, The Piracy Project will host a panel discussion and book pirating workshop. The panelists Anthony Huberman, Joanne McNeil (Rhizome), Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento (Clancco) and David Senior (MoMA Library) will be asked to select one of the books from the exhibition which they would like to see included […]

Futures and Options, Salt Istanbul

The two-day events programme is part of Joseph Redwood Martinez’s long-term project “One day, everything will be free…” at SALT, Istanbul engaging with the promises of free economies, contemporary finance, and the cultural institution. This much is known: the task at hand is to implicate the relationship between SALT and the funding institution. But in order to […]

I’m a pirate — are you?

We are interested in the methodology of piracy and its significance for contemporary culture. The word piracy is applied to very different activities ranging from file sharing to attacking freight ships, from the production of counterfeit goods to mixing culture and – to political parties. We, The Piracy Project, are not only interested in your […]

A Day at the Court Room

In a performative debate, three intellectual property lawyers will use their different legal backgrounds to explore concepts of legality, illegality and the nuances in-between assessing selected cases from The Piracy Collection. Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Cambridge. Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is a New York based artist who practices art law (The Law Office […]

The Grand Domestic Revolution goes on

We set up a Piracy Reading Room at The Grand Domestic Revolution exhibition. GDR is an ongoing ‘living research’ project initiated by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht as a multi-faceted exploration of the domestic sphere to imagine new forms of living and working in common. Inspired by US late nineteenth-century ‘material […]