Subversiv Messe Linz (II): Immigration Rights and Copyrights

Weil die Tagesthemen so traurig berichten, fühle ich mich noch zum Verweis auf eine erfrischende Performance verpflichtet, die in Linz in französischer Sprache mit englischer Übersetzung zu sehen war und das strikt gehaltene Einwanderungsrecht mit dem im Sinne der Kulturindustrie freundlichst gebeugten Urheberrecht zusammenführt. Die Performance X and Y versus France ist eine Gemeinschaftsaktion der Künstler und Juristen Patrick Bernier, Olive Martin, Sébastien Canevet, Sylvia Preuss-Laussinotte aus Frankreich. Ein Auszug aus ihrer Projektbeschreibung liest sich wie folgt:

The project evolved out of a short novel written by Patrick Bernier in 2004 entitled A Tale for Creating a Legal Precedent, in which a foreign woman defends her right to reside in France in front of a judge, arguing that she is the co-author, guardian, and performer of an intangible art work.

Considering that French and EU lawmakers are constantly restricting immigrants’ rights on the one hand, and zealously expanding the domain of copyright on the other hand, Bernier and Martin set out to make their fictional scenario a template for real social action. With Sebastien Canevet and Sylvia Preuss-Laussinotte, two lawyers specialising respectively in intellectual property rights and immigrants’ rights, they developed a legal argument intended to be used by undocumented migrants and their legal representatives.

Mal sehen, was geschieht, wenn sie die Probe aufs Exempel machen…

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About Thomas Ernst

Thomas Ernst is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Antwerp. He also works at the University of Amsterdam and holds a venia legendi on Media and Cultural Studies/German Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research focuses on the construction of identities, images of Germany and Europe, multilinguality and transcultural spaces in Austrian and German literature; on experimental and subversive Austrian and German literatures in the 20th and 21st century; and on the digital transformation of media and its cultural effects (literature and social media; intellectual property rights; digital publishing). His publications include books on “Popliteratur” (2001/2005), “Literatur und Subversion” (2013) and numerous papers that have been published in international magazines and book series with peer-review. At the moment, he is working on a monograph on literature and social media.

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