Kingdom of Piracy
Kingdom of Piracy (K.O.P.) (2003) is an online workspace exploring the free sharing of digital content - often condemned as piracy - as the net's ultimate art form.
A floating kingdom adrift in the codified open source open sea, K.O.P. proposes an installation/performance "LOG" as a "piracy" enactment of the governments' data stealing initiatives. K.O.P. invites DEAF participants to log into V2 's server, through which the visitors IPs will be tracked, the resulting data being retained and mapped and further 'processed ' and 'broadcast'. A wireless antenna network 'powers' the Open Territories into becoming a public access network zone, taking the Arena into the public domain. KOP encourages the public to bring their airport/lan supported laptops into the public realm to create the Kingdom's traceable paths of data ... which will be reprocessed and emitted as a series data interventions resonating with random drop out , graphic transformations, patent infringements, distortion and likely 'threatening' signals.
The Kingdom of Piracy was originally created as an online exhibition project in Taiwan. 14 art works and 3 writers projects were commissioned to deal with Intellectual Property issues ranging from bio-piracy, censorship and control of the internet to demos, games and new interfaces for file-sharing. is now expanding as a floating kingdom with each of its docking stations, creating LOG for DEAF and BURN and DIVE for the media lounge at FACT, Liverpool. curators and collaborators will discuss the curatorial framework with regard to past and future projects, engage in public performances and present the output of the LOG workspace.
The Kingdom of Piracy was created by Yukiko Shikata, Armin Medosch and Shu Lea Cheang.