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'UNLICENSED: Bootlegging as Creative Practice' at MoMA PS1 Bookstore

  • Join Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore to celebrate UNLICENSED: Bootlegging as Creative Practice
  • Presented by graphic designer and editor Ben Schwartz, with Shanzhai Lyric, Nat Pyper, Hassan Rahim and SHIRT
  • Booksigning with Ben Schwartz to follow! 
  • Please RSVP for the event and pre-order a signed copy here

What: Presentation of UNLICENSED: Bootlegging as Creative Practice at Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore 
When: March 30th, 2024 starting at 4 PM 
Where: Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore, 22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave.), Long Island City, NY 11101
Organized by: Artbook 
Language: English
Admission: Free, please RSVP 

Join a special presentation at on March 30th, starting at 4 PM. During this event the publication UNLICENSED: Bootlegging as Creative Practice (2023, Valiz with Source Type, ed. Ben Schwartz) will be presented at Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore! Graphic designer and editor of the book Ben Schwartz will be present, as will several interviewees who are featured in the book: Shanzhai Lyric, Nat Pyper, Hassan Rahim and SHIRT. After the presentation there will be a book signing with Ben Schwartz! Please RSVP for the event. You can also pre-order a signed copy of the book here.

About the book: 
Over the last few decades, the term "bootlegging"––a practice once relegated to smugglers and copyright infringers––has become understood as a creative act. Debates about homage, appropriation and theft, already common in the art world, are now being held in the spheres of corporate branding, social media and the creative industry as a whole. Today, bootlegging has become an aesthetic in and of itself, influencing everything from underground record labels and DIY T-shirts, to publishing ideologies and acts of high fashion détournement. UNLICENSED, a project by Ben Schwartz, contains 21 interviews with a range of creative practitioners on the topic of bootlegging. These conversations investigate bootlegging's creative and critical potentional, and explore new ways it can be deployed in order to thrive as an impactful cultural force. 
The publication is made possible through support from the Creative Industries Fund NL and is published by Valiz and Source Type. 

Ben Schwartz (born 1988) is a graphic designer and editor based in New York. He collaborates with several graphic design studios in the cultural sector across a variety of media. From 2016 to 2018 he served as a Graphic Design Fellow at the Walker Art Center.

Shanzhai Lyric is an artist collective based in New York consisting of Ming Lin and Alexandra Tartarsky.

Hassan Rahim is a graphic designer based in New York.

Nat Pyper is an artist based in New York.

SHIRT is an artist based in New York.