Architectural Doppelgangers: Research Cluster Launch

The Work of Art in the Presence of Copyright Law Panel Discussion: Marysia Lewandowska and Daniel McClean, chaired by Sam Jacob and Ines Weizman

Series: Launch
Date: Wednesday 2 November 2011
Time: 15:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Architectural Doppelgangers is a research cluster investigating issues of the copy and copyright in architecture. This event is its soft launch where the directors of the cluster will set out their research programme, their interests in the copy, their early research findings and their intuitions as to its direction. Following this will be presentations by artist Marysia Lewandowska and lawyer Daniel McClean who will discuss the role of Intellectual Property and copyright in the visual arts. 

Finally, an exploratory discussion on the role and uses of Intellectual Property in and around architecture will pose a series of questions: What does the legal protection of architectural production reveal about architectures own myths of creativity? In what ways might copyright be mobilised as an active architectural force? How are the disciplines internal hopes and fears articulated in law?

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born artist based in London and Professor of Art in the Public Realm at Konstfack in Stockholm. Her work explores the public function of media archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatization. Intellectual Property was a subject of How Public is the Public Museum? at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 2010. 

Daniel McClean is a lawyer, writer and curator who has worked with a wide range of clients including the Arts Council, Gagosian Gallery, Haunch of Venison and Tate. McClean writes regularly on art legal matters and was commissioning editor of The Trials of Art (2007) and has recently instigated Offer & Exchange: Sites of Negotiation in Contemporary Art, a series of site-specific art commissions exploring the use of rules, instructions, contracts and performance in the contexts of contemporary art and the law. 

Sam Jacob is a director of architecture practice FAT, contributing editor to Icon, design critic for Art Review and contributes many other books, magazines and journals. He currently teaches at the AA and as Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Ines Weizman is an architect and theorist based in London. She currently teaches at the AA and London Metropolitan University. Since completing her PhD at the AA, she has researched and published on the ideological spectacles enacted by Soviet-era architecture. With Andreas Thiele, she proposed an architectural re-enactment of Adolf Loos’ House for Josephine Baker for the Ordos 100 project as an exercise in critical appropriation and radical copying.



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