Fair Use

Fair Use

MECA/ICA in Portland, ME August – October 2014
Previously shown in the Keller Gallery at MIT Architecture

Research and findings from the fall 2012 MIT Architecture workshop “Architecture in the Age of Copyright,” led by Ana Miljacki and Sarah Hirschman.

Fair Use is a timeline of historical instances, characters, trajectories, theories, and court cases that together begin to describe the realm of appropriation in architecture. It was compiled during the Fall 2012 research workshop, 4.184 Appropriation: The Work of Architecture in the Age of Copyright. The three colors in the timeline codify the material in three broad categories: technologies of reproduction, theories of appropriation and legal issues pertaining to ownership of architectural ideas.

Fair Use is a loophole in the copyright law that safeguards culture from the monopoly of use of its particular and particularly authored elements. Fair Use makes parts of this exhibit possible, by literally authorizing the use of some of its material in an academic setting, but Fair Use is also the polemic of this exhibit. Appropriation is as much part of the architectural unconscious as the expectation of novelty, therefore at the very core of architecutre’s disciplinarity. Architecture advances via comment, criticism, parody, innovation, all squarely defined as Fair Uses.

Fair Use Moves are this exhibit’s particular offering, registering some of the contemporary architectural ideas in circulation. Identified through repetition and variation in at least three contemporary projects each, the Moves are abstractions made possible by Fair Use, now copyrightable by 4.184 workshop, but given back to you for Fair Use.