Tuesday 20 February 2018

Year 5046 - Ann Kopka - Small World Futures

Ann Kopka #unsettledgallery No.8
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Ann Kopka
The Year is 5046...

We have been released. There are infinitely many of us but we are each on our own. That was made clear at the briefing. Each of us is deliberately unique as uniformity has proved to be our undoing. We must learn to trust, nay celebrate, chance - hard after decades of attempting to master it. Our leader was inspired by the legendary dandelion plant which after centuries of presumed extinction was found thriving, evolved, imperfect. Not all of you will survive or be happy, she said, but I realise now that uncertainty is life and we have been keeping you from it. I cannot come with you, she said and we all saw that her eyes were shockingly wet, on behalf of the past, I apologise.

Natalie Low

Ann Kopka
You can find Ann Kopka's Small World Future at the back of the Greenwood Theatre on Snowsfields, #unsettledgallery No.8. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Ann Kopka studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and the City Lit. She has studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The Open University. She has also studied Museum Curating at Tate Modern. Kopka has exhibited in London, the UK and USA. Her work is held in private collections in France, Spain, UK, Australia and Australia. Her experimental work engages with the research, process and transformation of discarded everyday ephemera and disposable objects of little or no intrinsic value. Through the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’ Kopka seeks to draw attention to the throwaway nature of consumer society and question our perception of its value systems.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and recently School Run (2017).

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