Stephanie Syjuco

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COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone, 2009

Five day performative counterfeiting event, 5d 0h, Dimensions Variable


A parasitic project, COPYSTAND was a five day performative counterfeiting event held within its own gallery booth at the Frieze Art Fair. During the week, a cadre of three to five artists in a Production Area re-created artworks found in other booths and displayed them in a formal Gallery Area. All works were available for purchase at a mere fraction of the cost of the originals. A final liquidation sale happened on the last day, with massive discounts and resulting in sold-out inventory.

Over forty artworks were re-made, with the entire inventory selling out by the end. Using only basic materials such as cardboard, plastic, colored paper, paint, inkjet prints, modelling clay, and recycled materials scrounged from the construction of the Fair grounds itself, COPYSTAND counterfeits were distinctly unique from the originals, and bore the mark of their handmade qualities.

Nothing cost over 500 pounds ($800) and each artist received 100% of the sales as well as a daily stipend.

COPYSTAND artists included:

Yason Banal, Filipino, resides in Philippines

Bear Lake, German, resides in UK

Claudia Djabbari, German/Iranian, resides in UK

Gail Pickering, British, resides in UK

Jim Ricks, American, resides in Ireland

Stephanie Syjuco, American, resides in US

Maria Taniguchi, Filipino, resides in UK

Artists knocked-off by COPYSTAND included:

Martin Creed, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Wallinger, Phillip Guston, Dash Snow, Douglas Gordon, Haim Stainbach, Tal R, A.R. Pencke, Ajit Chauhan, Josef Albers, Jean Dubuffet, Francis Alys, Franz West, Rita McBride, David Shrigley, Mike Bouchet, Gimhongsok, Martin Bryce, Thomas Ruff, Stephen Willats, and more...

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