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The First Law of Kipple Exhibition

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published August 10th 2014
Time for a Clear Out

We all have kipple. No matter how hard you try, no one can avoid it for long. You might be materialistic, a collector, a hoarder, you might even be minimalist, but the fight against kipple will never be won.

If you don't know what kipple is, then you have obviously have never read Philip K Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Kipple is the useless rubbish that humans collect and don't get rid of. Broken, non-functional, past its best. That's kipple.

Photographer, Dan Tobin Smith, has been inspired by Dick's kipple, and wants to fill an entire floor with the stuff. He will create an installation called The First Law of Kipple, which will be displayed at his studio for The London Design festival between the 13th - 21st September.

For that he needs your help. As much kipple as Smith has, it simply isn't enough, so is making a Call for Kipple, asking anyone to donate. You have until the 22nd August to send your kipple to:

Dan Tobin Smith Studio Ltd.
52c Whitmore Road
N1 5QG

Not sure if your kipple fits the bill? If you answer 'yes' to any of the following, then Smith wants it:

It is broken
It is ornamental
It is used for leisure purposes only (e.g. gold club)
A human could achieve the same result without it (e.g. a clip to remove strawberry stalks can simply be substituted by pulling it with your hand)
It is a novelty item
Costume clothing accessories (e.g. feather boa)
It is obsolete (e.g. Windows 95 computer)
It is for ceremonial purposes
It is part of alternative medicine (e.g. homeopathy)
It is rubbish (e.g. sweet wrappers)
It is no longer functional (e.g. used matches)
It is general detritus
Luxury items that are not necessary

If you have been thinking about a clear out, here is a good reason to get started, as your kipple could end up on display as a piece of modern art.
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Why? Your items could become modern art
When: Donation deadline: 22nd Aug, festival: 13th - 21st September
Phone: 0207 033 9880
Where: Whitmore Road, London, N1 5QG
Cost: Free entry, refreshments 1.65 - 4.95
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