There’s a grant out there that’s practically begging QuestionCopyright.org to apply, from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This is the paragraph that jumps out (emphasis added):
“Grants are also made to support efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work. In 2006 the Foundation formally designated one of its grants The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to preserving and defending the First Amendment rights of artists. Named in honor of the Foundation’s former Board Chair, the grant rewards outstanding advocacy, legal, and curatorial efforts on behalf of those whose rights to free expression have been challenged…”
Maybe they’re not thinking right now of copyright as a force for censorship — but explaining that is a central part of our mission, and we might as well start with this grant application (see the previous post, for example). QuestionCopyright might have a shot at getting a good project funded here, and we’d like your help brainstorming some possibilities.
One idea is to propose as a project the parts of the Minute Memes that deal directly with censorship:
Or we could do something involving Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley’s award-winning film that was almost censored into obscurity by copyright restrictions, or that film combined with other works that have been censored (and that therefore the public hasn’t seen). Another possibility is the Ghost Works Survey (and look over our projects page for some more).
But mainly, we’d love to hear your ideas! Two heads are better than one; hundreds of heads are better than two. What is the most compelling project we can come up with — preferably involving the visual arts — to demonstrate the connection between copyright and censorship?
The application deadline is September 1st. Please put your ideas as comments on this post, and don’t worry about any idea being too silly — this is a brainstorm. We’ll winnow it down and turn in the best application we can.