Art, Revolution and Ownership Event (2011)


ART, REVOLUTION AND OWNERSHIP: Who Owns the Public Domain?

Artists in Conversation with Copyright

Vancouver, BC  September 8 – 11, 2011

September 8: 5:30 & 6:15pm: plastic orchid factory dance performance

W2/Atrium, SFU Woodward’s (reception with artists and others to follow)

September 9-11: Art Installation Waldorf Hotel (part of New Forms Festival)

September 10: 1-5pmWhose Voice is it Anyway? copyright conversations

Waldorf Hotel (part of New Forms Festival)

 Are you an artist, a revolutionary, an owner? Questions of ownership permeate our culture – sample a sound, claim the East Van sign, remix a logo… Whether you’re an artist playing with images or sound, a coder or an activist, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself whether what you are doing is legal.

The Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO) in association with New Forms Festival 2011 and W2 Community Media Arts presents Art, Revolution and Ownership, a multidisciplinary exploration of the ideas that inform art and the law. The performances, exhibitions and conversations explore the idea of the public domain, copyright and cultural consumption.

On September 8, the award-winning contemporary ballet company plastic orchid factory kicks off the program with two performances of “art is either a complaint or do something”, set to a text by John Cage and choreographed by James Gnam. These performances will be video remixed live by artist Josh Hite. A reception follows with Laura Murray (musician, creator, academic, mother, co-author of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide) and Tina Piper, (McGill, Faculty of Law) in a conversation about copyright, the future of art-making and open art. Drinks and snacks will be available at W2 Media Cafe. The video remix will then be installed at the Waldorf Hotel for the duration of the New Forms Festival, September 9 – 11.

From September 9 – 11 at the Waldorf Hotel, audiences are invited to tour the exhibitions of three living labs of creative work from artists Diyan AchjadiSonny AssuFaith MoosangBen ReevesHart SniderDiana Thorneycroft, and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Each room explores one of three themes: ‘war’, ‘the Group of Seven’, and “tradition”. Each theme is transformed and re-imagined. Each lab challenges our assumptions about the law and art- making.

On September 10 from 1pm – 5pm join the copyright conversations at the Waldorf Hotel, presented in association with the Centre for Humanities at SFU. Whose Voice is it Anyway? features exhibiting artists at NFF including Ben ReevesSonny AssuWikipedia Art, and scholars Laura MurrayKirstyRobertson (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Visual Art at UWO), Geof Glass and lawyer Martha Rans along with Mark Hosler, founder and member of legendary sound art collective Negativland

ADMISSION for the dance performance is by donation, while the conversation and exhibition are open to the public free of charge.

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings St. The Atrium at SFU Woodward’s is located just in front of the W2 Media Cafe, 149 West Hastings St.

Art, Revolution and Copyright is curated by Martha Rans and presented in partnership with the New Forms Festival. Funded in part from a grant from the Access Copyright Cultural Foundation. For additional information and complete event listings, please visit or    

Media Contact: Gwen Kallio, Sisu Productions 604-215-2345



Artists’ Legal Outreach is a group of volunteer lawyers and law students committed to working with artists and arts organizations as well as not-for-profit and charitable organizations on issues requiring legal advice. We offer resources, workshops and clinics where artists can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer.

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Now in its 11th year, the New Forms Festival is redefining yet another space in Vancouver through media arts. The festival will run from Sept 9 – 11, 2011, taking place at the Waldorf Hotel. Focusing on concepts around the theme of ‘Public Domain’, the festival will feature installations in the hotel rooms, electronic music artists in the 3 performance spaces, and projections and video mapping on the facade of the building.

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W2 Community Media Arts is a non-profit organization initiated in 2004, connected people and ideas through its globally networked community arts centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The organization recently opened a new 10,000 square foot facility located in the Atrium of the Woodward’s heritage building at 111 W Hastings St. This new space is a hub for Vancouver’s diverse arts communities and includes event/performance space, cross-media lab, community TV studio, FM radio station, letterpress studio, the Kootenay School of Writing, interactive media installations, and the W2 Café.


the plastic orchid factory is not a production plant for synthetic flowers. It is made up place where ideas, individuals and context collide to manufacture a product.

the plastic orchid factory is an award winning, Vancouver based, contemporary ballet company directed by James Gnam. Since it’s inception in 2006, the company’s primary focus has been to develop ethical and sustainable artistic practices that investigate how classical bodies can relate to contemporary ideas in performative settings.

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