Piracy as Friendship @Furtherfield
Curated By Rachel Falconer and Furtherfield
May 3rd - June 8
Finsbury Park, London
Piratbyrån, Evan Roth, Geraldine Juárez, James Cauty, Jaime Ruelas/Polymarchs.
Piratbyrån have always resisted clear definition. Created on the Internet as a loose friendship group with a shared commitment to media and piracy in the shifting ecologies of digital copyright law, Piratbyrån operated through a number of different identities. From the #discobeddienti IRC chatroom, to the infamous Pirate Bay, to the determinedly analogue SX23 bus trip to Manifesta 8, and their subsequent disbandment in 2010, Piratbyrån consciously cultivated an air of mystery and intrigue around their diverse range of activities.
Their political agenda has always been consciously enigmatic, and their identity wilfully plural and complex in character. As the members of Piratbyrån have scattered and morphed into new configurations, what remains clear is their dedication to the strategy of friendship. Piratbyrån have always had a particular commitment to the value of friendship as a shelter for culture and a space to understand, imagine and experiment as a community from the edges of the Internet.