Pirate care

Valeria Graziano, MaValeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Tomislav Medak are convenors of the Pirate Care project, mapping the increasingly present forms of activism at the intersection of “care” and “piracy”, which in new and interesting ways are trying to intervene in one of the most important challenges of our time, that is, the “crisis of care”. The practices of pirate care share a willingness to openly disobey laws and legal regimes, whenever these stand in the way of solidarity, and politicise that disobedience to contest the status quo. They have initiated the Pirate Care Syllabus and have developed Sandpoints experimental publishing tool for collective writing processes.

Valeria Graziano is a cultural theorist and practitioner, currently holding a Research Fellowship at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University. Her research is situated at the intersection of artistic practice, radical education and social movement organizing. She focuses on techniques, technologies and tools that can help society to refuse work and to foster instead a redistribution of the labour of social reproduction and the politicization of leisures. Valeria has lectured internationally, contributing to programmes such as MA in Gender Studies, Roma Tre; MA Curating, Aalto University; and BA Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths. As a practitioner, she developed projects for Impulse Festival; Intermediae; Manifesta 7 and Van Abbemuseum, among others.
Marcell Mars  is a research fellow at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb. His research Ruling Class Studies, started at the Jan van Eyck Academy (2011), examines state-of-the-art digital innovation, adaptation, and intelligence created by corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay. He is a doctoral student at Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, writing a thesis on ‘Foreshadowed Libraries’. Together with Tomislav Medak he founded Memory of the World, for which he develops and maintains software infrastructure. He is the lead developer of the Sandpoint experimental publishing tool.
Tomislav Medak  is a doctoral student at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Medak is a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb, as well as an amateur librarian for the Memory of the World project. His research focuses on the political economy of technology, planetary ecological crisis, and the postcapitalist transition. He has authored two short volumes: ‘The Hard Matter of Abstraction—A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction’ and ‘Shit Tech for A Shitty World’. Together with Marcell Mars co-edited volumes ‘Public Library’ and ‘Guerrilla Open Access’.

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