Can you own an idea? Join the debate and take part in a project questioning the meaning of copyright, an area of intellectual property law that protects work and regulates how others can use it.
Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 November
Copy Light Factory
Tate Exchange presents SUPERFLEX’s Copy Light Factory, an artwork (or ‘tool’, as SUPERFLEX call their works) where visitors are invited to produce cube-shaped lamps featuring black-and-white reproductions of famous lamp designs. Copy Light Factory seeks to explore the borders between a copy and its original – when is a copy a copy, and when does a copy become a new original?
Thursday 2 – Sunday 12 November
SUPERFLEX engage with alternative models for the creation of social and economic organisation, exploring ideas about global capital and production. Here you will find a small library of material about SUPERFLEX, including books, articles and images about their other tools which relate to the subject of copying and copyright. Publications and information about intellectual property, the Creative Commons and ‘copyleft’ are also available, where visitors can compile and take away their own publication about image reproduction, appropriation and sampling.
Saturday 4 November, 12.00 –18.00
On art and reproduction: An open workshop on Walter Benjamin
Assistant Curator Valentina Ravaglia leads an informal workshop on Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of its Mechanical Reproducibility’ (1935), mapping key ideas and concepts from the influential essay and turning the analysis of a text into a performance. Drop in for a chat, watch a video and contribute to the map.
Sunday 12 November, 12.00 –18.00
Silent Auction: Copy Light Factory
The lamps produced by visitors at Tate Exchange in Copy Light Factory will be available for the public to bid on. Visit and take part for a chance to meet SUPERFLEX and take home one of the lamps. If you are interested, please visit on the day for registration and bidding.
Any money raised from their sale will be used to fund activities by the Tate Learning department promoting a deeper understanding of copyright and advocating for alternative ideas such as Creative Commons and copyleft.