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From Split Sheets to the Streets – on intellectual property and copyright – Melissa E. Logan & UniCAT
Melissa E. Logan, Yoni Van Den Eede, Prodromos Tsiavos, ooooo, Femke Snelting, Matthias Hornschuh, Christian von Borries, Tamar Shafrir

The one-day symposium and reflection day From Split Sheets to the Streets: how we credit, share and collect for intellectual property today and tomorrow will examine the worlds of intellectual property and ownership of music – beginning from the present and extending into models for the future. It aims at dissecting and reconstructing ideas of copyright, the distribution and monetisation of intellectual property, and at analysing formats for appropriation. It brings together experts from diverse sides of the copyright universe from practical publishing to sharing culture thinkers, artists and philosophers.


Copyright as ownership of intellectual property is a burning issue in the dissemination of music, since its reproducibility. Already in 1936 however, Walter Benjamin observed that precisely this reproducibility also “brush[ed] aside a number of outmoded concepts, such as creativity and genius, eternal value and mystery”. Still, these concepts seem to form the basis of copy right law and practices today, thus creating a vacuum between thought and practice in which companies see possibilities to change intellectual property into commodity. By means of diving into philosophical and practical issues, we might understand better how to fill this vacuum with a more positive alternative, appropriate for the actual creators of music.



The symposium is to take place in AB Salon Brussels on November 24th 2018 and is a collaboration between Melissa E. Logan (University of Craft Action Thought / Chicks on Speed) and Q-O2 werkplaats, in the framework of an artistic project by Logan. The conference will be filmed and fragments of the conversation might be used as material for a video work by the artist, with prior agreement of the participants.

The project is part of the Interfaces Network, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.



Christian von Borries (conductor, composer, filmmaker and producer)

Dr. Prodromos Tsiavos (Head of Digital Policy and Development, Onassis Group)

Femke Snelting (Constant, working with Free Software, feminisms and authorship)

Matthias Hornschuh (composer, publicist, authors rights activist)

Melissa E. Logan (UniCAT – University of Craft Action Thought/Chicks on Speed)

ooooo (constellatie, performer, activist)

Dr. Yoni Van Den Eede (Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Research Professor Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Moderator: Tamar Shafrir

In collaboration with:

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
B-1080 Brussels