Illegal Art

June 12th, 2003


Illegal Art is coming to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Gallery at Fort Mason next month (July 2 through July 25).

Yum. I can hardly wait.

From the exhibition Web site:

…copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it.

The Illegal Art Exhibit will celebrate what is rapidly becoming the “degenerate art” of a corporate age: art and ideas on the legal fringes of intellectual property. Some of the pieces in the show have eluded lawyers; others have had to appear in court.

Loaded with gray areas, intellectual property law inevitably has a silencing effect, discouraging the creation of new works.

The last time I was at Fort Mason, a security guard kicked me out for photographing portions of the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit which I pieced together that afternoon in my own bit of illegal art.

(By the way — we were good tenants; we were evicted because the house was sold and the new owner was moving in.)

UPDATE: Here’s an intriguing column that reflects Creative Commons’ take on this exhibit.

One Response to “Illegal Art”

  1. comment number 1 by: Greg Hittelman

    Our documentary WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT (“the movie Disney doesn’t want you to see”) has been included as a part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exciting “ILLEGAL ART” exhibit this month, July 23 and 24.

    Wholly independent and filmed on a guerrilla budget, the two-man WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT crew canvassed the nation to create this front line report from the culture wars. Party clowns, a Rolling Stones tribute band, legal scholars, scientists, artists, DJ’s, Star Wars fans, teachers and many more tell an “extraordinary” tale about how ownership of ideas has come into conflict with free expression.

    Lawrence Lessig, the Stanford law professor who argued against the copyright extension before the Supreme Court, and known as the “guru” of copyright issues, is calling WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT “Extraordinary” and “Brilliant”.

    what: WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT (2003, 58 min.), Produced by Jed Horovitz, Directed by Greg Hittelman, A Fiat Lucre Production.

    when: JULY 23, 6PM*, and JULY 24, 10PM
    *intro and Q&A with special guest LAWRENCE LESSIG

    where: ROXIE CINEMA 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), San Francisco
    tickets: at the door $8 general, $4 seniors and children.

    Hope to see you there!