Fermangoli Paperclips KIOSK@BKM
- $5.40 for Members
Remember the perfect Swedish paperclip, we introduced you to that in 2006. What if it was triangular? Would that make it more perfect? More of something for all people? More democratic, even socialist one could say. I honestly don’t know, but sometimes when I’m tired of being square (or rectangular) I find solace in seeing my wad of paper from - or even with - a different, fuller angle. Like 120º instead of just 90º. And the more shapely box on my desk is welcomed. Now my paperclip box stack looks like a house I could imagine living in. Brought to you by the same people who make the famous Zenith stapler.
"We began KIOSK in New York City in 2005. At the time, downtown Manhattan was changing; the interesting, unique places filled with inspiration were quickly disappearing. We felt an urge to fill the void. We decided to create a place where people could look, learn, touch, and talk about what we were showing while also feeling free to wax on about anything in the world.
From the start, we made a decision to be self-sustaining and KIOSK operated as a store to fund itself and our process of collecting. Over time our project has been thought of as a shop by some, a museum by others; an art installation as well. Almost everyone on their first visit would say, “What is this place?” It was always just “KIOSK”: our office, studio, an installation, a store, a happening, a workshop, a party, a whatever. We never completely define it: in that sense, the project is constantly changing. The ongoing common denominator is to show. The overriding goal: to share.
In the beginning, we created some parameters in order to get things done. We decided to source the objects we found, one location at a time. Our format remains very simple: we research, go to a place, search for very basic, common, independently produced, vernacular objects, meeting and talking to people along the way. We bring the items back; present them in an exhibition format and sell our finds to fund the next expedition. Easy. We believe every object tells a story and everything we show opens a conversation."