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Fatboy Slim launches smiley exhibition

It will feature an extensive collection of Norman Cook's own belongings...

Fatboy Slim smiley exhibition
Fatboy Slim smiley exhibition

Fatboy Slim is set to curate a new art exhibition devoted to the smiley face.

The iconic symbol, which is heavily steeped in rave culture, will be the focus of the Smile High Club exhibition, and will feature a number of objects that belong to Norman Cook himself and bear the smiley face symbol.

Among the items are a toaster, shoes, clocks, wristbands, watches and cuff links. The exhibition, which launches on Friday (June 21st), has been put together to honour Harvey Ball, the man credited for creating the symbol 55 years ago. 

The exhibition will run at Lisbon's Underdogs Gallery until July 21st. "The only thing that isn’t for sale in the exhibition is my smiley collection," Cook told The Guardian. "In it is everything from a motorcycle helmet to condoms, to a toaster, portable ashtrays, slippers, cuff links, lighters – basically anything you can stick a smiley on."

He adds: "What I love is the classic Worcester smiley, which has certain dimensions, slightly off-centre. I don’t recognise emojis as smileys, they’re something completely different."

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Fatboy Slim has soundtracked a film on Ibiza that is set to premiere at this month's Glastonbury. He will also play at this year's edition of the festival.

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