Closing Feast • Absolute Kippleization • Rachel Honnery
“No one can win against kipple, except temporarily and maybe in one spot (…) But eventually I’ll die or go away, and then the kipple will again take over (…) The entire universe is moving toward a final state of total, absolute kippleization.” - P. K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, 1968.
‘Absolute kippleization fuses both science and art, in order to give a voice to our marine life. It combines scientific investigation, method and data, with visual analysis and interpretation. The work allows me to think like a scientist through collecting evidence, repeating processes, classifying specimens and inputting data. Absolute kippleization requires scientific processes and data results for it to literally take shape and form. Approximately every fortnight for 12 months I collected, documented, cleaned and categorised hard plastic,including straws, bottles, lids, toys, cigarette lighters and cotton buds, forming over 19 cluster samples. Including prints of the cluster samples taken at Congwong Beach, in excess of 200 specimen jars containing sorted plastic found at the Beach and graphs that abstractly document and analyse volume, absolute kippleization reminds us of vast and overwhelming challenges that we face in the age of the Anthropocene.’ - Rachel Honnery