Friday 2 February 2018

Year 2561 - Natalie Low - #smallworldfutures

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....

Natalie Low
The year is 2561.....

Humans Become Fish

We have learned to breathe underwater,
traded our salt-choked lungs for gills,
At first, it was difficult, many died.
But slowly, we trained ourselves
to become elemental,
Our filament fingers,
scraping the seaweed
from foamed faces,
Became fine-feathered fins.
Last of all to go, was the legs,
We were loath to lose them,
but one day, after years of
running along the bottom
of the ocean, we found
we could fly.
We flicked our new-grown tails,
somersaulted bubbles and swam,
Our pellucid eyes bulging,
Mouths an open question,
And made our homes
among the reeds and coral.
Lately, we have lost
all power of speech,
but find ourselves able
instinctively to feel
the shoal’s clamour,
Our sleek armoury
of scales
to the flow.

by Rebecca Lowe

You can find Natalie Low's Small World Future behind the Greenwood Theatre on Snowsfields, London at #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.

Natalie Low is a creative knitter, stitcher and quilter. Her small future world uses a mixture of natural and manmade materials that intertwine into an fluid growth.  She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. She has published two chapbooks Dementia (2015) and recently School Run (2017).

Rebecca Lowe
Rebecca Lowe is a Wales-based writer, editor and performance poet. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Workshop, and her work has appeared in anthologies including Bristol Poetry Can, Red Poets, Blackheath Countercultural Review, and Three Drops from a Cauldron, an anthology of poetry based on folklore and myth. She also plays hammered dulcimer and zither, which she sometimes incorporates into her performances.

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