Kopimi Totem w/ Piratbyrån


Kopimi Totem
WIFI routers
82cm x 34cm x 52cm
2014

Kopimi Totem is a new piece created in collaboration with Piratbyrån for the exhibition Piratbyrån and Friends at Furtherfield Gallery in London. It was honor to meet, work and share wall space with my cultural heroes. For those in London, I suggest spending some time with the exhibition as there is so much more to their story than what is found online (bring a hard drive and maintain hardline Kopimi).

Geraldine has a great set of photos of the exhibition. I also have some here.

More about the piece here:

The Kopimi Totem is a sculpture composed of seven open wireless routers arranged in the iconic Kopimi pyramid. The shape of the sculpture is also mirrored in ASCII form when a visitor opens the wireless settings on her laptop or mobile device. The network names (SSID) of each of the routers are arranged by default alphabetically to create a mirrored digital totem within the connecting device’s operating system. When visitors connect to each of the routers, they will have access to download archival media (text, images, video, etc) from the 10 year history of the Piratbyrån organization. Kopimi, an idea created by Piratbyrån member Ibi Kopimi Botani, is an alternative to copyright that not only expressly allows all forms of copying, but encourages it. In addition to downloading files, visitors to the Kopimi Totem can also upload their own files, thus contributing to the harmony of the data life cycle of copy (yin) and paste (yang). When a visitor connects to all seven of the routers in the sculpture, the network names will be saved (“collected”) in the operating system’s list of visited/preferred networks, recreating the ASCII pyramid once again and acting as a token of this pilgrimage.

More about the exhibition here:

“Piratbyrån and Friends traces the stories of cultural sharing and affinity-building among the activities and values of the members of Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy). This Swedish artist/activist group was established in 2003 to promote the free sharing of information, culture and intellectual property. The exhibition presents screenings, installations and artworks by founding and more recent members, keen to tell the story of the group on their own terms”

The Kopimi Totem was built using PirateBox with big thanks to Matthias Strubel.