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Law, Art and the Commons

1st Edition

By Merima Bruncevic


237 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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The concept of the cultural commons has become increasingly important for legal studies. Within this field, however, it is a contested concept: at once presented as a sphere for creativity, democratic access and freedom of speech, but one that denies property rights and misappropriates the public domain. In this book, Merima Bruncevic takes up the cultural commons not merely as an abstract notion, but in its connection to physical spaces such as museums and libraries. A legal cultural commons can, she argues, be envisioned as a lawscape that can quite literally be entered and engaged with. Focusing largely on artin the context of the copyright regime, but also addressing a number of cultural heritage issues, the book draws on the work of Deleuze and Guattari in order to examine the realm of the commons as a potential space for overcoming the dichotomy between the owner and the consumer of culture. Challenging this dichotomy, it is the productive and creative potential of law itself that is elicited through the book’s approach to the commons as the empirical basis for a new legal framework, which is able to accommodate a multitude of interests and values.

Table of Contents

Volume I: (Re)Imaginations

Part 1: Law

Chapter 1: Enter: From Landscape to Lawscape

Chapter 2: Rhizomatic Jurisprudence: Terra Firma and Terra incognita

Part 2: Art

Chapter 3: Artwork: From object to hyperobject

Chapter 4: Case studies: The Contested Spaces


Volume II: (Re)Constructions

Part 3: Commons

Chapter 5: Commons: Being(s)-in-Common

Chapter 6: Intellectual Property Law: Commons and Schizophrenic Capitalism

Part 4: Legal Commons

Chapter 7: Ownership: Possessed

Chapter 8: Exit: Atmosphere

About the Author

Merima Bruncevic is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow based in the Department of Law, Gothenburg University.

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email: [email protected]

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Business Aspects
LAW / General
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
LAW / Essays