AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POTENTIALITIES
Since the 8th of June 1995, European patents have a lifespan of 20 years, after which they enter the public domain and are freely available for the general public. This is also the moment when the paradox of the patent expires: an idea that is available, but not accessible. It disappears from one database and reappears in another. Often the transition is seamless and unnoticeable. This installation recorded the passage of all the European patents that transitioned into the public domain during the two-day exhibition 'An Encyclopedia of Media Objects' at v2_ Rotterdam. The audience was invited to take the ideas with them once they re-entered free circulation.