Dan Tobin Smith


Wilhelm Hack Museum, Germany

British photographer Dan Tobin Smith has transformed his east london studio into ‘the first law of kipple’: an immersive and vibrant installation comprising thousands of color-coated objects.The various cluttered items have been collected by both the artist and from public donations amassed from a social media announcement, bringing together an expansive range of stories, subjects and shapes. The sweeping arrangement turns the space into a sea of graduated color. The work references the fictional concept of ‘kipple’, as described by science fiction writer philip k dick’s 1968 novel ‘do androids dream of electric sheep’, later adapted into the film ‘blade runner’. The fictional word Kipple is used to describe useless, pointless stuff that humans accumulate, kipple reproduces itself…the entire universe is moving towards a final state of total, absolute kippleization.