An invitation from Incubate Pirate Conference

I registered and decided to pay €25 for the privilege to attend. They fail to mention that the Incubate Pirate Conference will also feature a Flat Fee Coffee Mug. Awesome.


On September 17, Incubate,,  will host the Incubate Pirate Conference ( ). This is a day on Piracy in the Arts in Midi Theater, Tilburg. We’d very much like to bring this event to your attention because you might be interested in visiting.

We don’t have a guest list for this event, though. Tickets for the conference are Pay What You Want: . For us, this in an experiment in trying new participative pricing models. The audience can determine the value of the conference for themselves. The only guests on this day are the people actually taking part in the program of the conference.

The Pirate Conference offers reflection on the comprehensive piracy-program of Incubate Festival and on the value of creation in society. What do artists think about the current state of issues? How can they best react to the current operation of copyright? What strategies, tactics and interventions can be used?

Matt Mason, recently voted Pirate of the Year by BusinessWeek, will give a keynote speech at the Pirate Conference. Mason is the author of bestseller The Pirate’s Dilemma. In his book, Mason gives an overview about different subcultures that have brought on the most innovative ideas in history that later have become worldwide industries.

Job de Wit will interview Hank Shocklee from American producers team The Bomb Squad on sampling and (the future of) copyright. Shocklee is known for his pioneering work with hip-hop acts such as Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Run D.M.C.

Visual artist Rob Scholte will give a lecture on the meaning of piracy within his work and in visual arts in general. Scholte’s works are controversial because he often uses existing images.

Performance artist and choreographer Xavier Le Roy invites Mårten Spångberg (dance critic and choreographer) for a discussion on recycling / re-interpretation and re-enactment of performance art. During the Generation Bass Forum leading artists in non-Western contemporary dance will exchange views on blogs, sharing music and the traditional record industry.

If you’d like to visit the Pirate Conference, please get a ticket at Of course, the price is completely up to you!

For more info and news on the Pirate Conference, visit

Hope to see you there!

Team Incubate

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