Talk by Laura Hopes @Borough Road Gallery, 17.00, 8th January 2020. All welcome.
Laura Hopes is an artist and researcher working with digital sound and film, based upon site-specific explorations of the sublime anthropocene. Interested in the use of stories to activate place, she generates playful interventions to illuminate terrifying themes and radical and provocative re-interpretations of place. She contests liminal spaces between proximity and distance. Her work activates not a politely distanced spectatorship of the sublime, but explores a blinded, immersed experience of the world as hyperobject.
The places in which makes her physical and sensorial evocations of the sublime are also signal locations of the anthropocene, landscapes altered by dint of their commodification, the value in their materiality; sculpted, hewn, sold. Sometimes the scars appear natural; beautiful; sublime; sometimes the aesthetic overload of these majestic places lures despite the obvious entropy, a beautiful horror which simultaneously appeals and appalls.
* The title is a quote from Kathryn Yusoff’s A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, p.14