License Agreement for Lexical Items from the Focal Vocabulary Index


This License Agreement concerns Lexical Items as registered in the Focal Vocabulary Index of Studio for Propositional Cinema, and outlines the legal and procedural conditions regarding its transfer and use. Lawful possession of this document acknowledges a non-exclusive agreement between the Licensee and Studio for Propositional Cinema (Licensor), in perpetuity, and grants the Licensee full rights for the use and display of the Item thereof, solely within the context of its Lexical Structure. Studio for Propositional Cinema retains rights for all future use and display of this Item, and is not obliged to acknowledge the Licensee upon any occasion. The Focal Vocabulary Index consists exclusively of Lexical Items used by Studio for Propositional Cinema for the construction of works, performances, and exhibitions since 2013, and will accrue all future Items used in such a manner.


LEGAL & DISTRIBUTIONAL CONDITIONS:

1. General Description

Studio for Propositional Cinema’s Focal Vocabulary Index (see 1.1) is an inventory (see 1.2) of all Lexical Items (words, compound-words, punctuation, etc.) that have been used as tools for the construction of works publicly disseminated by Studio for Propositional Cinema since their inauguration in 2013 (see 1.3).

As we exist in a material reality shaped by the contingency of external elements affecting the connections between them, each individual Item is organized into one of three categories: Concrete, Conditional, and Connective (see 1.4).

2. Terms of License
Each individual item within this Index is subject to a co-licensing agreement between Studio for Propositional Cinema and a second party Licensee, with a contractual agreement permitting the Licensee to use and display the Lexical Item(s) in exchange for an agreed one-time fee (which may be monetary or an alternate mode of exchange).

Concrete and Conditional Items are subject to an exclusive license, whereas Connective Items are non-exclusive and can be acquired only within larger Lexical Structures constructed with Concrete and/or Conditional Items, in order to bind them for use within a mutually agreed linguistic structure
(see 2.1).

Each License is produced as a offset prints on US Legal sized paper and includes the name of the Item and its License Agreement. Three copies of each document are printed: one for the record of the Licensee acquiring the item, one for the record of the Licensor (Studio for Propositional Cinema), and one for the record of the brokering party. The printing plate used to produce the License is the property of the Licensee, and is considered the publicly displayable index signifying the transaction.

3. Title Protocol

When an agreement is publicly exhibited by the Licensee, Studio for Propositional Cinema must be credited as the author of the work see 3.1). If multiple Items are acquired to construct Lexical Structures, each Item shall be listed in the order in which it appears, preceded by the title of the Lexical Structure (see 3.2).
If a licensed Item is used in a public display by Studio for Propositional Cinema, the Licensee shall be acknowledged as a lender to the exhibition in the form of a wall label, printed document, and/or on the website of the hosting body, within the standard courtesy protocols of the individual institution or exhibiting body (see 3.3).

If a licensed Item is used in another artwork produced by Studio for Propositional Cinema, the Licensee must be acknowledged in perpetuity in the material description connected to the title of the work (see 3.4).

This also applies if this work is acquired by a third party. The Licensee has no physical or intellectual claim of ownership to works in which their licensed Item has been used, but their participation in the material construction of such works shall be acknowledged in perpetuity.

4. Extended Use and Transfer

The Licensee may be an individual, a group of individuals, or a trust, institution, estate, foundation, corporation, investment fund, or other organisational entity.

The License Agreement may be transferred from the Licensee to a third party. It is the responsibility of the Licensee and/or third party to inform Studio for Propositional Cinema as to any change of custody. This is necessary for any changes in credit information (notwithstanding unknowable developments, retroactive credit changes are not material-temporally possible).

Studio for Propositional Cinema may not produce further works that extend the License Agreements of any licensed Lexical Items to any third parties.

Further Lexical Items will be added to the Index as they are used to construct new works. All Lexical Items existing or inventible within the communicational world are potential materials with which to construct descriptions of or proposals for the material world in which they function.

Endnotes

1.1. In the field of anthropology, the term ‘focal vocabulary’ is used to describe a set of terms used within an individual language to describe the same object, activity, or phenomenon, especially one that is of heightened importance within an individual culture or group. Traditionally used to describe multiple articulations of one thing, Studio for Propositional Cinema has “borrowed” or “misappropriated” this term to describe a broader approach to an entire linguistic system, with each word categorized into one aspect of the world and/or culture in which we exist, with each constituting the contexts in which we see and are seen.

1.2. Each Lexical Item has been catalogued with a chronological inventory number marking the year of first use, an index to the occasion on which it first appeared, and order of appearance therein.

1.3. Studio for Propositional Cinema was inaugurated on June 8, 2013 at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen with a speech claiming that “the vocabulary that we have inherited is imprecise and the old definitions are constantly shifting. We do not want to propose new or more accurate terms. We thrive in the ambiguity of their language because it is a space of freedom.”

1.4. Concrete units denote elements of the given quantities of the material reality of human experience. This category includes units such as “GASOLINE”, “CINEMATOGRAPHY”, and “TENDERNESS”. Conditional units denote the conditions within which the concrete elements operate and which affect our perception of and operation within them. This category includes units such as “HYPOTHETICAL”, “BUREAUCRACY”, and “PUBLISHING”. Connective units are those that allow us to link the Conditional and Concrete elements in order to articulate the relationships between them and between them and ourselves. This category includes units such as “INTO”, “&”, and “THEREFORE”.

2.1. Lexical Structures (works consisting of multiple Lexical Items) may be constructed by Studio for Propositional Cinema, by a third party at the request of Studio for Propositional Cinema, or suggested by a third party (i.e. Licensee) to Studio for Propositional Cinema (subject to approval). All individual Items, when available, are acquirable without the approval of Studio for Propositional Cinema.

3.1. Credit for Concrete and/or Conditional Items shall be written as follows:
Studio for Propositional Cinema
Focal Vocabulary Index (Lexical Item #[inventory number]: [LEXICAL ITEM]) [year of item entry]/[year of project start (always 2018)] /[year of agreement] offset printed license agreement, [bronze (if Concrete) /copper (if Connective)] ink on offset printing plate; 74 x 60 cm
unique
Licensed to [name of Licensee] since [year of License Agreement]

Credit for Connective words shall be written as follows:
Studio for Propositional Cinema
Focal Vocabulary Index (Lexical Item #[inventory number]: [LEXICAL ITEM]) [year of item entry]/[year of project start (always 2018)] /[year of agreement] offset printed license agreement, four pages, each 35.5 x 21.6 cm; silver ink on offset printing plate, 74 x 60 cm
unique

3.2 Credit for Lexical Structures shall be written as follows:
Studio for Propositional Cinema [with (name of co-author [if applicable])]
Lexical Structure: [COMPLETE TEXT IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE]
[year of construction]
Focal Vocabulary Index (Lexical Item #[inventory number]: [LEXICAL ITEM]), [year of item entry]/[year of project start (always 2018)] /[year of agreement] offset printed license agreement, four pages, each 35.5 x 21.6 cm; [bronze/copper/ silver] ink on offset printing plate, 74 x 60 cm (repeated for all applicable items) [overall dimensions of installation]
unique

3.3. Lender credit shall be written as follows:
This exhibition has been constructed with Lexical Items licensed from: [Name of Licensee]

3.4. Material credit shall be written as follows:
Studio for Propositional Cinema
[title]
[year]
[materials], Lexical Item(s) licensed from [name of licensee])] [dimensions]
etc.