How to defend access to knowledge in the current intellectual property regime? Interfacing the Law is an attempt to experiment with and openly discuss shadow libraries, piratical text collections and other forms of disobedient sharing. Interfacing each in their own way with legal and political frameworks, such vibrant practices can be considered experiments with the social contracts that link libraries, librarians, readers and books.

17:00 – 21:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Following a welcome by Het Nieuwe Instituut collection staff, students from the XPUB program present four projects developed in the context of Interfacing the law. The programme rounds off with a discussion with Aymeric Mansoux and Séverine Dusollier, moderated by Femke Snelting.

With: Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Franc González, Giulia de Giovanelli, Max Franklin, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe, Kimmy Spreeuwenberg, Margreet Riphagen, Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska and Séverine Dusollier.

Aymeric Mansoux

Aymeric Mansoux is an artist, musician and media researcher. His research deals with the defining, constraining and confining of cultural freedom in the context of network based practices. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London on the creative misunderstandings between art, politics and the law within free culture.

Séverine Dusollier

Doctor in Law and professor at SciencesPo, Paris, Dusollier has carried out research in several European and national projects, namely for the Belgian government, WIPO, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the European Commission and Parliament. Her current research relates to intellectual property, copyright and IP limitations, the public domain and the commons.

Femke Snelting

Femke Snelting develops projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels.

Special Issue #3

Interfacing the Law is part of the Piet Zwart Master Media Design Graduate Festival 2017, followed by Screenings Friday 16 June 18:30 in KINO. For more information:

PZI MD Experimental Publishing path (XPUB

PZI / WDKA / Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences