sydney

Superflex

Artspace, Sydney

Superflex is a collaboration among three Danish artists (Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, and Rasmus Nielsen) working on the front lines of ecological activism. They investigate global energy needs, propose solutions, and, like a mini-Peace Corps, collaborate with Western and African engineers to create new, earth-friendly technologies. In 1997, they constructed and patented a simple, portable biogas plant that effectively produces cooking gas and lighting from human and animal waste. (In conjunction with a small African organization called SURUDE, they have installed pilot units in several Tanzanian villages, with some success.) Superflex has a website—www.superflex.dk —and publishes slickly earnest, full-color brochures about their projects. For their recent exhibition, they printed stodgy pamphlets about “Biogas Basics,” “Microbiology,” and the “Global Environmental Benefits of

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