The Pirat Seminar
Objectives and Content
Delving into the ideological promises and shortcomings of capitalism and socialism, The Pirate
Seminar will engage philosophies and manifestations of Pirate Culture in order to redirect our
attention toward what Stavros Stavrides terms "common life". From appropriations of consumer
goods and services to illegal broadcasting and new models of democratic work, Pirate Culture will be
examined as the basis for resisting systems of capitalistic exploitation as well as undoing the
dominating state structures of socialism. Instead, through readings and discussions into anarchy, DIY
labor, open media, free culture, gifting and commoning, we`ll work towards new understandings of
living together within today`s deeply fraught globalism. Importantly, we`ll consider artistic practice as
the basis for fostering methods of self-organization.
The seminar will run through the first half of the spring term, with each session focusing on specific
topics and cultural examples. We`ll conclude the course with an intensive three-day Pirate Lab (week
11) during which we`ll undertake a collective act of participatory self-building.