Shailoh Phillips wins € 4.000 at the Artistic Climate Summit in Leeuwarden!
During the Artistic Climate Summit of 13 October 2018 in Leeuwarden, artists have been challenged to come up with a creative solution to the climate problem. Shailoh Phillips has become the winner of the scholarship that has been made available by IepenUP (Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018) with her project Patent Liberation Front plan.
Shailoh states that many interesting inventions to combat climate change are being blocked or delayed because of intellectual property restrictions and because they are patented: "That's a waste because we do not have time to keep on searching for creative solutions to stop climate change."
The Patent Liberation Front is a platform for searching through the databases for the designs that could combat climate change. Artists enjoy a special position with regards to intellectual property: as long as the work you make does not constitute an economic threat to the patent holders, you are free to experiment with the existing inventions. Besides, patents are publicly accessible and thus are the source of information and inspiration.
We do not have time to keep on searching for creative solutions to stop climate change
In 2017, Shailoh Phillips graduated from the MA Education in Arts and Design (Piet Zwart Institute). She is a researcher in the Critical Making Consortium, teaches Hacking and Digital Crafts at Willem de Kooning Academy, and Design, Curating and Writing Master at the Design Academy Eindhoven.