Repertorium: Giving What You Don’t Have

Collection Title:

Giving What You Don’t Have



Cornelia Sollfrank


GWYDH is an artistic research project exploring the relation between art and the commons. On the basis of filmed interviews with artists, GWYDH introduces art projects whose aims are to make or keep cultural goods freely accessible and to address critically neoliberal enclosures of intellectual property. The artists included in the project no longer work on the assumption of artists’ privileged status, but rather consider themselves to be part of social movements for open access and free culture. By providing a piece of infrastructure, a tool or a kind of service, they exceed the purely symbolic function of art and create actual openings in existing systems. The artistic practices introduced in GWYDH involve the development of forms of authorship and concepts of work that are able to elude the dictatorship of private property in the realm of culture and clear the space between life and art in order to allow it to become a habitat for all.

GWYDH’s aim is to map, contextualize and critically discuss these projects and thus to support their endeavours.

Acquisition Information:

Artistic research project commissioned by the Post-Media Lab, Leuphana University. Courtesy of Cornelia Sollfrank.

Conditions Governing Access:

Freely accessible online.

Biographical/Historical Information:

Cornelia Sollfrank is an artist and researcher living and working in Celle/Germany and Dundee/Scotland. After studying Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich and the University of the Arts in Hamburg, Sollfrank set out to explore the social and aesthetic implications of digital technologies. She is interested in the changing role of the artist in the Information Age, new forms of dissemination of art, gender-specific handling of technology, and communication and networking as art. Her work combines conceptual and performative approaches to become research-based practice and to write practical theory. She was a member of the collectives Frauen-und-Technik and -Innen, and initiated the Cyberfemininist alliance known as “Old Boys Network” [1]. In 2011, she has completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Dundee (UK). Her thesis with the title ‘Performing the Paradoxes of Intellectual Property’ made a critical contribution to the discourse on intellectual property from an art perspective. Since 2012 Sollfrank is lecturer and researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. She is web master of [2].




commons, cyberfeminism, free culture, intellectual property, new forms of art