Photo: Shayna V. McConville
Copy Light is a workshop that produces paper-shaded hanging lamps, each printed with the image of a famous copyrighted lamp design. The lights are constructed by students in the Tyler Foundations program, and hung in the gallery as they are made, gradually filling and illuminating the space. Conceptually, the lights occupy a position somewhere between an original and a copy, in the words of the artists “an in-between mode of working that has the potential to disrupt convention.” Like earlier SUPERFLEX projects, Copy Light has been conceived to provoke thinking about proprietary rights and the exclusions and contradictions that they produce.
In all of their projects SUPERFLEX examines the dynamics and dependencies created by economic systems and develops tools to be used in constructive transformations. The artists propose challenges to entrenched ways of thinking about various kinds of capital, as they say: not with “traditional critiques but with projects that expose the contemporary consciousness and our evolving relationship to global consumerism, environmentalism, the Internet and copyright.” Many of their works propose solutions to real problems, such as developing local and efficient alternative fuel sources, or initiating a network of local television stations to directly engage users in the creation of content. These socially conscious actions are liberatory rather than utopian, intended to produce individual and collective change, with the projects functioning as replicable models and tools made available through the free distribution of instructions.
The Copy Light Concept is developed in collaboration with Copenhagen Brains. Cube design in collaboration with Blendwerk.