Serpentine’s Legal Lab explores how the law can better support collaborations across art, science and technology. Led by lawyer, curator and founder of Guest Work Agency, Alana Kushnir, the Legal Lab is a space for investigating legal issues and prototyping accessible legal solutions for the art field.
Legal structures and tools, such as contracts, are crucial to structuring innovative enterprises and effective operational models. However, in the sphere of art, there is a tendency to shy away from legally onerous forms of arrangement. This has resulted in legal infrastructures being under-acknowledged for their multifaceted potential in supporting cutting-edge creative practice. These concerns are present in the internal organisation of the art field and the expanding realm of cross-disciplinary relationships between art actors and external fields.
Survey: Mapping Legal Practices in Art + Science + Tech
The Legal Lab is currently conducting a survey to map legal practices in collaborations across art, science and technology. If you have experience with such projects, we would appreciate your input. The findings will be presented in a report produced in collaboration with Amurabi, a legal design agency, and shared publicly.
- Alana Kushnir — Guest Work Agency
- Victoria Ivanova — R&D Platform, Serpentine
- Adelaida Dunn, David Jenal — Associate Researchers
- Katy Beale, Estela Oliva — Strategic Communications and Design
- Marie Potel-Saville — Amurabi
The work of the Legal Lab is guided by a cross-disciplinary Advisory Panel:
- Rita Arrigo, Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft, AI Ambassador
- Kathleen E. Kim, art lawyer at Liwu Law Group South Korea
- Astrid Kohlmeier, a lawyer and designer for legal design and legal tech
- Sophie Netchaef, curator and former Strategic Projects Manager, Serpentine Galleries
- Connal Parsley, Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, UK
- Marie Potel-Saville, legal designer founder of Amurabi, a legal innovation by design agency
- Sara Rayment, founder of Inkling Legal Design, a consultancy that reimagines legal services through design, law and emerging technology and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle
- Yayoi Shionoiri, art lawyer and Executive Director to the Estate of Chris Burden and the Studio of Nancy Rubins based in New York
- Lauren van Haaften-Schick, curator, writer and PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University
On 1 October 2019, the Legal Lab held a summit with the participation of artists, curators, scholars, lawyers, legal designers and technologists. The summit consisted of presentations and think-tank discussions, which analysed and tested ideas for development. For more information, please see the report.
Presentations by Legal Lab representatives Alana Kushnir and Ben Vickers illustrated the objectives of the Serpentine’s R&D initiatives and the particular hypotheses, objectives and methodologies of the Legal Lab. In her presentation on the Legal Design movement, Marie Potel-Saville, Founder & CEO of Amurabi, an Innovation by Design Agency, advanced the potential for legal design thinking — the application of human-centered design to the world of law — to be integrated into the Legal Lab’s methodology. Two think-tank discussions built on the aims outlined in these presentations, allowing participants to share knowledge, experience and anecdotes in distilling the fundamental legal issues of art and technology collaborations and prototyping potential solutions.