Copy Rights

January 24- February 16, 2013


The Copy Rights Research Residency investigates individual and collective authorship in the digital age–considering how reproductivity and replication enable free expression, empower creative re-use, and mobilize social justice actions. This residency explores the structure and organization of mass digital communication systems, and examines debates around media policy and rights, and considers the power of shared intellectual property.  The underlying projects explore the implications of universal access, connectivity, intellectual property, privacy, regulation, absorption, and dissemination to imagine a vigorous virtual commons of popular information.


TIM SCHWARTZ | Tim Schwartz is working on a project involving the analysis of the US patent database, exploring how new relations between past technologies and new technologies might illuminate changes in how our society views and innovation and intellectual property. As well, Tim is working on new ways to create, copyright, and give back to the public new ideas before they are created by others — in essence trying to circumvent the intellectual property status quo.

GREG BLOOM | Greg Bloom is considering the history of 211 (an official directory of health and human services) from within the rapidly changing landscape of information technology. As part of a broader effort to organize a local ‘open source’ directory for the District of Columbia, he is envisioning a future in which communities can produce and share common knowledge about their own resources.

ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE | Anne Elizabeth Moore is looking into how intellectual property rights were initially gendered, raced, and classed, and how this contributes to labor and wage inequities in cultural production. Put another way, she is researching, through the aid of interns, colleagues, and a wide network of associates throughout the DC area, what may become the ultimate dick joke.

NATE LARSON | Nate Larson is researching and considering interventions for publicly streaming webcams in the DC area while also imagining drone use in the life of a civilian and in urban spaces.


Nate Larson is a full time faculty member in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work with photographic media, artist books and digital video has been widely shown across the US and featured internationally in Canada, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Australia, the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, the UK, and Spain. Numerous publications and media outlets have featured his projects, including the New York Times, Utne Reader, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, Art Papers, C Magazine, Exposure, The Washington Post, and Afterimage. His photo works and artist books are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Cleveland Institute of Arts, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Society for Photographic Education.

His current project GEOLOCATION, done in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world. New site-specific work from the series was recently completed for Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick, the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and the Format International Photography Festival in the UK. His first New York solo exhibition of the project was with United Photo Industries in January 2012. He is currently developing a new site-specific series for the 2012 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Commission.


Anne Elizabeth Moore is a Fulbright scholar, Truthout columnist behind Ladydrawers, author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (The New Press, 2007) and Hey Kidz, Buy This Book (Soft Skull, 2004). She is also a former co-editor and publisher of a now-defunct Punk Planet, and founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin. Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works with young women in Cambodia on independent media projects. Moore exhibits her work frequently as conceptual art, and has been the subject of two documentary films. She has written for N+1, Good, Snap Judgment, Bitch, the Progressive, The Onion, Feministing, The Stranger, In These Times, The Boston Phoenix, and Tin House. She has twice been noted in the Best American Non-Required Reading series. Her work with young women in Southeast Asia has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Make/Shift, Today’s Chicago Woman, Windy City Times, and Print magazines, and on GritTV, Radio Australia, and NPR’s Worldview. She recently mounted a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her latest book, Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles, 2011), looks at independent culture, globalization, and women’s rights in Southeast Asia.


Tim Schwartz St. Louis, MO native, received his BA in Physics from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. In January 2010, he developed a technology to help reunited missing people affected by the earthquake in Haiti and now co-runs an organization dealing with family reunification. In 2011, Schwartz spent four months traveling the country in a mobile research laboratory investigating what is lost as archives become digital.

“[He] makes his playful data mashups into sculptures using retired gadgets… Like a field scientist of the information age, Schwartz filters an overwhelming amount of data through the intuitive logic of old-fashioned tools such as weather gauges, maps, and charts. Taken together, his works constitute a kind of contemporary natural history museum in which we are the subjects being examined.” -Lamar Clarkson, Modern Painters Magazine


Greg Bloom has worked as an organizer in electoral campaigns, death penalty abolition battles, municipal budget fights, labor struggles, a chicken liberation movement, and most recently an internet infrastructure instigation. Greg believes that the best thing an organizer can do is connect people with space, tools, and each other and then get out of the way. He’s currently facilitating the development of a digital justice movement in the District of Columbia.



Helen Brunner (Media Democracy Fund DC), Sascha Meinrath (VP New America, OTI Director DC), Marvin Ammori (OTI fellow DC), Hasan Elahi (UMD Art DC), Tiffiniy Ying Cheng (Fight for the Future (Center for Rights) Amherst MA), Holmes Wilson (Fight for the Future (Center for Rights) Amherst MA), Michael Bracy (Board, Future of Music Colaition; lobbyist; musician, DC), Casey Smith (Corcoran Art DC), Lynne Constantine (GMU Art DC), Mary El Shammaa (Atty, US Patent Office DC), Gigi Sohn (Public Knowledge DC), Clarissa Ramon (Public Knowledge DC), Sherwin Siy (Public Knowledge DC), Lateef Mtima (Professor of Law Howard U DC)

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