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DUPE is a London based collective

A printed zine and online blog

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    Small press section now OPEN at LOIS!

    DUPE are pleased to let you know that the Road Trip Issue is now stocked in Lois, a lovely new shop recently opened on Choumert Road, Peckham. Go check it out (perfect for Christmas shopping too!)

    — 4 months ago with 5 notes
    #lois  #dupe  #zine 
    What a day! Hush House Supermarket

    DUPE was delighted to take part in the first Hush House Supermaket, hosted by the Bussey Building in Peckham on Saturday 24th August.

    Both floors of the Bussey were jam packed with stalls selling fashion, prints, hand made objects, photography, food and more. We enjoyed going to two of the free talks held by Clever Boxer about setting up a creative business - very useful advice!

    It was really busy all day and we had a great time talking to lots of interesting people and spreading the DUPE word. We especially enjoyed hearing what people thought of the zine and getting words of encouragement.

    Thank you Hush House crew and the Bussey!




    — 7 months ago
    #hushhousesupermarket  #art  #zine  #dupe  #peckham 
    DUPE talks comedy, the uncanny and practicing in Berlin with artist Kasia Fudakowski

    Kasia and I did art together in year 6. I can’t remember much about it, but I’m pretty sure it involved a lot of drawing tedious ‘still life’s’ with oil pastels. Then last year I stumbled across some of her brilliant work at Frieze Art Fair, and after some deft stalking on my part we got back in touch, and I found out she was now practicing in Berlin.

    I decided to capitalize on this rendezvous by asking her some questions about the fantastically peculiar things she makes.


    You grew up in London, you’re of Polish descent and now live in Berlin. Where do you feel is home?

    I had the classic problem of feeling English in Poland and Polish in England, so Berlin is where I feel like I can be a bit of both quite happily. Home is where your hard drive is…. or is that too cold?

    Why did you decide to move to Berlin? How do you find living and working as an artist there in comparison to London? Are there more opportunities for creative endeavors in general?

    I moved almost immediately after studying in England, so I never really experienced professional London life, but the feeling I had when I moved to Berlin was that you can make life easier for yourself and be somewhere where you don’t need to have a high paid, time consuming job in order to sustain a flat and a studio. I don’t think there are particularly more creative opportunities here in comparison to London, as London is a place where you are somehow forced to keep being active and producing etc, and as a result there is a lot going on, whereas the pressure is sometimes lacking here, but being given the headspace to quietly work things out is something that is important.


    Absurdity and humour (albeit with tragic undertones) seem to be a clear underlying theme in everything you make. Where do you think that stems from? Does it have anything to do with being from a culturally “mixed” headspace?

    Ah, now you’re asking me if the absurdity and humour (albeit with tragic undertones) is a result of my mixed cultural head space….Well that’s hard to say. Probably not. I tend to avoid putting much emphasis on nationality and feel like my interest in comedy and awkwardness stems from the enjoyment I get from dark twisting story lines, and glorifying the pathetic. I’m interested in comedy that fails, because the expectation of a specific result is so interwoven in the set up. I think there is a lot of space to play with this idea of expectation and what entertainment is. I like to make art, that you can use the sound made from sticking your tongue out and blowing, to describe it. This is essentially childish, and is unacceptable in most other professions.


    Looking at images from your recent show in Belgium, ‘Where is your alibi, Mr. Motorway?’ I get a strong sense of the Uncanny. Are you primarily trying to subvert people’s sense of recognition, or is this just a by-product of what happens when you’re focusing on more intellectually motivated ideas?

    The uncanny is difficult to avoid, but it’s not something I was necessarily occupied with. Of course, on some level, you are always subverting the familiar in Art, but what I was attempting to do was build a whole elaborate system of judgement that was based on very simple fallacies and then watch it crumble. There are some very real concerns with systems of judgement in both a legal sense and on a more general level, contained within the work.


    What are you working on at the moment? And what’s next?

    At the moment I am co-organising and taking part in an exhibition that brings sculptors and performers together. It’s kind of brilliant because in a way it’s doomed to fail in the same way that unnatural collaborations must. I’m really happy though because we have some amazing artists taking part and whatever the result I think it will be interesting. At the moment we have a daunting stack of Styrofoam bricks….

    Lastly, our current theme is ‘road trip’, so in the spirit of that please can you give us 5 songs you’d put on a road trip mix tape?

    Here goes…. nothing to do with roads….but a little multi-kulti.

    Amarsi un Po - Lucio Battisti

    Type - Paul Haworth and Sam de Groot (

    Give me your love - Curtis Mayfield

    Cigarettiquette - Lambchop

    Ditty - Paperboy


    Also pay a visit to Kasia’s blog where every image of a sculpture you click on takes you to a video link. Amazing!

    Kasia Fudakowski was born to Polish parents in 1985 and grew up in Poland and London. She lives in Berlin and is represented by Chert gallery.

    Interview by Philippa. 

    — 9 months ago
    #berlin  #art  #dupe 
    DUPE speaks to Roisin Conway, editor of Ponytail zine


    Hello! Who are you and what are you up to?

    Hello Dupe! My name is Roisin and I run and edit Ponytail, a self-publishd short story zine. It’s been going since Summer 2010.  Each issue is based around a theme and writers, comic artists and poets send me things, each issue also comes with a complimentary mix CD too, and THAT’s on the theme as well.  I’m big on themes. Apart from Ponytail I also write for myself as well as other publications and blogs. I’m also currently curating another couple of projects. When I’m not doing this I’m sitting in my knickers either reading or looking at pictures of dogs in costume on the internet- Freelancing rules! 

    How/why did you start?
    I think I started it really as something I would like to write for and also read. It’s pretty tough to start writing and first of all find places to publish your work in print and second of all not be intimidated by the places you find! I wanted to create something that was fun and lo-fi for people to send stuff to. Something that was literary without being intimidatingly Serious with a capital S. The idea of themes came about because I thought it would be an interesting way to curate a lot of different voices and ideas, which I guess having a music CD is also an extension of.  

    How did you pick the name? Is it because a ponytail is the best hairstyle to read or write with? 
    Ha! I would never deny the practicality of a ponytail for literary pursuits, but the actual reasons are three-fold and a bit lame. Firstly, I came up with two other names that my friend mocked into non-existence. Secondly,  while I was sulking about my two rejected names  I was listening to Panda Bear and the song ‘Ponytail’ came on. Finally, (and I was perhaps scraping the barrel at this point) it’s meant to be a pun on tale and tail.

    Can you tell us about your hair? Have you ever written about it?
    5 things about my hair-
    1.I didn’t have hair until I was about 2 so everyone thought I was a boy.
    2.I’ve been cutting my own hair since I was 16.  
    3.My hair is essentially the colour of a penny. 
    4.I recently turned 26 and decided it was time to invest in a proper shampoo and conditioner to become a proper lady. 
    5. I have a fringe- but sometimes I pin it up and worry that my forehead is going to get dramatically sunburnt. 

    I haven’t written much about my hair but after reading the first issue of Dupe- I’m feeling pretty inspired to!

    How do you connect hair and literature?
    It’s not something I’d particularly thought about before now, but it’s definitely a really interesting way to explore a lot of different facets of a character as it’s something that is essentially very natural but styled and constructed to project a certain image of ourselves. People are quite conscious of their hair and precious about it, people touch or twirl their hair to convey different emotions, it’s a fun thing to write about. 
    What is coming for Ponytail?
    Issue 4 is coming out at the end of the summer with a food theme. I’m collaborating with excellent screen printing company Built & Burnt on the cover which is rather exciting. 
    I’m also working on an exhibition/ publication called ” No-One Understands Me” which is going to be extracts from people’s teenage diaries. 
    Then maybe in the future I’d like to do a podcast or something if I can ever get over the total horror of listening to my own voice on record. 


    No One Understands Me:

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #interview  #ponytail  #publishing  #roisin conway  #zine  #dupe