Anna Brownsted Prototype Ephemera (2019)

The Prototype Shortlist, Image No. 4: Smart Phone (2019), collage detail

The Prototype Shortlist: Images 1-5 and Hidden Track 

Paper, vinyl, velvet, acrylic

2019

The Prototype Shortlist is a set of six hand-cut paper collages representing a democratically selected shortlist of ‘the most significant developments to life on Earth over the past 40 years’. Each collage is framed within an individual Perspex vitrine.

These works are the outcome of a year-long collaborative social project during which the artist worked with over 470 Cambridge residents to create the prototype for a sequel to NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Record. Proposed as an update for the extraterrestrials, the project asked people to consider the most significant developments to life on planet Earth since 1978, and how we might communicate the story of who we are now.

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The Prototype Shortlist, Image No. 3: The Internet (2019), unframed

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The Prototype Shortlist, Image No. 1: IVF (2019), unframed

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The Prototype Shortlist, Image No. 5: Personal Computer (2019), unframed