This blog is the online home of the offline class Piratical Practices taught by Nick Briz at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a collaborative space where the class participants engage in theoretical discourse as well as share links/files which pertain to the issues discussed in class. The course serves as an introduction to contemporary remix practices (memes, digital-folk, participatory culture, etc.) through the works and writings of artists and critics who take/have taken these issues as their primary concerns. We consider the way these practices have informed a new kind of literacy (media-literacy). In doing so, we examine the development of new technologies, which have enabled the appropriation and free sharing of information, as well as copyright law which, as many critics suggest, is currently stifling creativity in favor of corporate interests.
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