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Flop, an exhibition about failure, shows the joy and pain of mistakes


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Flop, an exhibition about failure, shows the joy and pain of mistakes

From the accidental creation of Silly Putty to an abandoned attempt to build a universal language, University College London’s latest exhibition, Flop, offers new ways to look at failure Technology 6 November 2019 By Simon Ings The failure to make synthetic rubber created one of the world’s most enduring toys, Silly PuttyMatt Clayton QUITTING your…

Flop, an exhibition about failure, shows the joy and pain of mistakes

From the accidental creation of Silly Putty to an abandoned attempt to build a universal language, University College London’s latest exhibition, Flop, offers new ways to look at failure



Technology



6 November 2019

By Simon Ings

Silly Putty

The failure to make synthetic rubber created one of the world’s most enduring toys, Silly Putty

Matt Clayton

QUITTING your job? Then do remember to clear out your locker. One former employee of University College London left a bottle of home-made plum brandy in a drawer. The macerated plum was eventually discovered, mulled over (sorry), misidentified as a testicle (species unknown) and added to the university’s collection.

It is this selection of paintings, prints, objects and medical …

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