Founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen, and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, the Danish collective SUPERFLEX has been realizing projects that range from artworks to internet TV channels, from free stores to platforms for the production of energy resources. The artists refer to these projects as “tools,” conceived to change the current economic methods of production and to create alternative economies. Some of their previous tools include an alternative production method for power generation (Supergas, 1997), an internet TV channel (Superchannel, 1999), and also fairtrade and license-free products (Guarana Power, 2003).
For the High Line, SUPERFLEX presents Modern Times Forever, a video consisting of 240 hours where we witness the slow decay and entropic destruction of a building as imagined over thousands of years. Currently located in the heart of Helsinki, the Stora Enso building was designed by Alvar Alto in 1962, and has become a well-known modernist landmark, both loved and hated as a symbol of capitalist power. Using digital animation, SUPERFLEX creates a desolating portrait of an architectural symbol as it is imagined decaying over centuries, commenting on the future of capitalism and climate change.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.