Piratbyran (“The Piracy Bureau”) is a Swedish organization established to support people opposed to current ideas about intellectual property by freely sharing information and culture. The name Piratbyran is a play on Antipiratbyran (“The Anti-piracy Bureau”), a non governmental but content industry-based Swedish anti-piracy organization. Piratbyran (The Bureau of Piracy) might be best known internationally for starting up The Pirate Bay, which is now the world’s largest bit torrent tracker and the subject of a controversial court case.
“In the summer of 2008, the Piratbyran crew undertakes a bus trip from Sweden to Manifesta 7 in Bolzano / Bozen. The journey will be a workshop whose aim is the formulation of a new, collaborative statement based on the group’s experiences of the recent Scandinavian conflicts over copyright. When the bus arrives there will be a final party featuring Jem Noble. The bus will then be left behind as part of the exhibition, along with the documentation of Piratbyrí¥n’s work. The party is open to all.” (PR Manifesta).
In this video, I followed Piratbyran’s invitation to enter and explore the bus, parked in the disused Alumix aluminium factory in Bolzano/Bozen. July 27, 2008.
> Right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) this link to download Quicktime video file.