Pirate Care: Conference

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Wednesday 19 June 2019 to Thursday 20 June 2019

12:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Square One, The Hub, Coventry University



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The Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University, UK invites you to its second annual conference, which will explore the phenomenon of 'Pirate Care'. The term Pirate Care condenses two processes that are particularly visible at present. On the one hand, basic care provisions that were previously considered cornerstones of social life are now being pushed towards illegality, as a consequence of geopolitical reordering and the marketisation of social services. At the same time new, technologically-enabled care networks are emerging in opposition to this drive toward illegality.

The conference will feature projects providing various forms of pirate care ranging from refugee assistence, healthcare, reproductive care, childcare, access to public transport, access to knowledge, a number of reflections from and on such practices, and a film programme.

Image credit: Kelly Gallegher


Docs Not Cops + #PatientsNotPassports | The Four Thieves Vinegar Collective | Memory of the World | Planka | Power Makes Us Sick | Sea-Watch | SottoSopra pirate kindergarten | WeMake Milan + Opencare.cc | Conflict, Memory, Displacement project.


Agustina Andreoletti (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) | Mijke van der Drift (Goldsmiths / Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) | Taraneh Fazeli (curatorial fellow, Red Bull Art Detroit, Canaries collective) | Kirsten Forkert (BCU) + Janna Graham (Goldsmiths) + Victoria Mponda (Conflict, Memory, Displacement project) | Maddalena Fragnito (SottoSopra) | Chris Grodotzki + Jelka Kretzschmar (Sea-Watch) | Toufic Haddad (Kenyon Institute) | Erik Kamenjašević (University of Haague) | Andrea Liu | Power Makes Us Sick | Gilbert B. Rodman (University of Minnesota) | Zoe Romano (WeMake Milan / Opencare.cc) + Serena Cangiano (SUPSI) | Deborah Streahle (Yale) | Nick Titus (Four Thieves Vinegar Collective) | Kim Trogal (UCA) | Ana Vilenica | Kandis Williams (Cassandra Press) | John Willbanks (Sage Bionetworks).

Films by Kelly Gallagher (Syracuse University)

The Programme:

DAY 1 - 19th June

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Registration and refreshments
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Welcome and Introduction: Gary Hall + Valeria Graziano
  • 11:00 - 12:45

Session 1: Criminalisation of care

Kirsten Forkert (BCU) + Janna Graham (Goldsmiths) + Victoria Mponda (Conflict, Memory, Displacement project): Social media and refugee solidarity networks in the face of state failures

Jelka Kretzschmar + Franziska Wallner (Sea-Watch): Pirates of the Mediterranean – care on the high seas
Docs Not Cops: #Patients Not Passports toolkit.

CHAIR: Valeria Graziano

  • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 – 16:00

Session 2: Hacking Healthcare, pt 1

John Willbanks – video conference - (Sage Bionetworks/ Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation)

Zoe Romano (WeMake Milan / Opencare.org) + Serena Cangiano (SUPSI)

(10 min. break)

Hacking Healthcare, pt 2

Erik Kamenjašević (University of Haague): “Careable” – an open source DIY healthcare solution
Nick Titus: Four Thieves Vinegar Collective

CHAIR: Adrienne Evans

  • 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
  • 16:30 - 18:00

Session 3: Social reproduction - within and against

Maddalena Fragnito: SottoSopra, a pirate kindergarten.

Toufic Haddad (Kenyon Institute): Excursions in Pirate Care in Palestine.

Deborah Streahle (Yale): Reclaiming the Dead: The Politics of Home Funerals in United States

CHAIR: Marcell Mars

  • 18:00 - 18:30 Drinks Reception
  • 18:30 - 19:30

Film, Creativity, Resistance: Film Screening by Kelly Gallagher (Syracuse University) and artist talk in conversation with Miriam de Rosa.

DAY 2 - 20th June

  • 10:00 - 12:30

Session 4: Piracy as care, pt 1

Gilbert B. Rodman (University of Minnesota): Whose Culture? Our Culture!: Pirates as Cultural Care/Takers

Andrea Liu (Goldsmiths): Artist Strategies to Enact Interventions of Pirate Care

Kandis Williams (Cassandra Press)

(10 min. break)

Piracy as care, pt 2

Agustina Andreoletti (Academy of Media Arts Cologne): _Shadow Libraries: Using Art to Resist

Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak: Against innovation – Compromised institutional agency and acts of custodianship

CHAIR: Kaja Marczewska

  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30

Session 5: Ethics of collective caring

Taraneh Fazeli (curatorial fellow, Red Bull Art Detroit, Canaries collective): Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying

Power Makes Us Sick

Mijke van der Drift (Goldsmiths / Royal Academy of Art, The Hague/ School for New Dance, Amsterdam): Caring for Transformative Justice.

CHAIR: Janneke Adema

  • 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00 - 17:30

Session 6: Subverting infrastructures

Kim Trogal (UCA): Confronting unjust urban infrastructures: repairing water connections as acts of care.

Derly Guzman (PLANKA. Nu): Insurance for the right to free mobility

Ana Vilenica – video conference – Between autonomy and regulation: Grassroots pirate care in the external borderscape of the EU.

CHAIR: Peter Conlin

  • 17:30 – 18:00 Closing remarks


For enquiries please contact Valeria Graziano