• 29​ 09​ 2017 •
Clara Balaguer & Florian Cramer The Moral of Xerox: Ethical Complexities of Appropriation


Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Cologne
Free admission
Doors open: 18:00
In English
Further events on 29 09: The Jitta Collective followed by a B2B DJ set by DJ Elephant Power and Nkisi

In cooperation with Stadtgarten

Opening event PLURIVERSALE Ⅶ

In this discussion, artist and activist Clara Balaguer and media theorist Florian Cramer look at the gray zones and blind spots of cultural appropriation. They reflect upon the history of appropriation as a cultural strategy aimed at subverting bourgeois notions of authorship and intellectual property but also the ways it is oblivious to its own relationship to power and its susceptibility to misuse. Weighing in on the current debates and their condemnation of cultural appropriation as a potentially racist or sexist practice resting upon white privilege, Balaguer and Cramer ask what we can learn from the attack on bourgeois forms of ownership. What are the new perspectives for the redistribution of knowledge in places less suffocated by intellectual property laws?

Clara Lobregat Balaguer (*1980 in Manila, Philippines) is a Manila-based social practice artist and independent researcher interested in the decolonization of cultural production. She runs The Office of Culture and Design, an art and research platform, and has lectured at Walker Art Center, Strelka Moscow, and MoMA PS1, among others. Florian Cramer (*1969 in Berlin, Germany) is a Rotterdam-based participant observer of contemporary arts and a lecturer in 21st Century Visual Culture at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Recent publications include Anti-Media (2013), What Is Post-Digital? (2013/14), and Pattern Discrimination (with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Hito Steyerl and Clemens Apprich, forthcoming).