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Agency: Assembly, Thing 001231 (RegionalWeb)

Place: the project room, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm
Time: September 13, 6 – 8 pm

For Assembly (Iaspis), Agency calls forth Thing 001231 (RegionalWeb) from its list, speculating on the question how commons can become included within art practices.

Invited repondants include: Meike Schalk, architect, Maria Håkansson, Associate Professor , Peter Wahlgren, Professor of Law and Information Technology, Naima Chahboun, poet and Anna Furness-Lindén from SIS, Swedish Standard Institute.

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Governments rely on writers to write their standards and codes. Codes and standards are written text that will qualify for copyright protection when original in the same way as literature and poetry. At the same time once these privately owned standards and codes are included inside governmental laws; these have to be made accessible to all citizens. This brings about much confusion.
Thing 001231 (RegionalWeb) concerns a conflict between the American Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and Peter Veeck about the RegionalWeb which included the Standard Building Code as a resource. Since 1940, the not-for-profit SBCCI writes and publishes Standard Building Code and offers it to governmental entities for adoption into their law. Several Texas municipalities enacted this Standard Building Code into their law. In 1997, Peter Veeck a citizen from Texas included these codes on RegionalWeb on Internet. When it learned that Veeck had posted codes on his web site, SBCCI sent him a cease and desist order, accusing him of infringing copyrights. During the court case Veeck v. SBCCI the judge had to decide if codes and standards which are implemented inside law can still fall under copyright protection as works of literature.

For more information please contact Iaspis project coordinator Jonatan Habib Engqvist,

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Agency is the generic name of a Brussels-based initiative that was founded in 1992 by Iaspis resident, Kobe Matthys.

Agency constitutes a growing list of things that resist the split between the ontological classifications of nature and culture. This list of things is mostly derived from juridical processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth involving intellectual property issues (copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc...). The concept of intellectual property relies upon the fundamental assumption of the division between nature and culture and consequently between expressions and ideas, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, originality and tradition, individuals and collectives, mind and body, fixations and processes, etc... Each thing on the list invokes the moment of hesitation in terms of those divisions. Agency calls things forth from its list via varying assemblies inside exhibitions, performances, publications, etc... Each assembly speculates on a different question. Every question explores in a topological way the operative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices.
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