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Exhibition – Sophie Koto Gate: Milk Bath

East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts presents Milk Bath, by Sophie Koko-Gate.

For Milk Bath, Koko Gate’s first UK solo exhibition, visitors encounter an alternative landscape. A new 3D
animated film expands beyond the confines of the traditional cinematic frame as elements leach into
the gallery space beyond. Sculptures become animate, perch upon plinths and backdrops form new
tableaus. It is the making of her digital environment writ large, insidiously questioning what is reality
and what is fiction.

In the titular work, the film Milk Bath, viewers meet two protagonists, digital angels who have fallen to
earth, perplexed and bemused by all they find. The film asks us to consider, what would such beings
make of contemporary humanity? The celestial beings become vessels of the artist’s subconscious,
creating moments of fantasy connection and unexpected tenderness. Experimental dialogue evokes an
unfamiliar tone, whilst the expansive environment immerses visitors in a dream-like world. Here,
boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, inviting discussion around digital voyeurism and what it
means to be human at the dawn of a new era.
Sophie Koko Gate is a contemporary artist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental
and mainstream animation. She likens her creations to uncanny avatars, creating strange but familiar,
relatable characters that exist in a parallel universe; one that lives on long after the viewer has departed.
The inhabitants of her psychedelic digital space proffer ideas of a life lived beyond the moment that we
see them – that they too will age, change, engage in mundane and every day. It is the suggestion of an
alternate world that both entices and terrifies in equal measure.
Humour is very important in Koko Gate’s work and punctuates her storylines, allowing some brevity
amongst heavier subject matter. Sitting outside contemporary influences, her work is more closely
aligned with the leftfield, counterculture animations and collages of the 1960s. Terry Gilliam’s surrealist
concoctions for Monty Python, and The Beatles Yellow Submarine animation in 1967, all play a notable
role in her development as an artist, whilst her practice both resembles and resists the features of
mainstream animation to suitably play with audience expectation.
Koko Gate’s work has drawn notable attention and plaudits. She has had screenings within both film
festivals and galleries, from Sundance, SXSW, and BFI Film Festivals; to gallery spaces such as Tate
Modern and Whitechapel. In 2023, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award, the first
animator to be nominated in the awards history.

Date

Monday 26 Feb 2024 - Saturday 16 Mar 2024
Expired!

Time

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

East Gallery
St Andrews St, Norwich NR2 4AE

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Home Events - Norwich Lanes Art Exhibition – Sophie Koto Gate: Milk Bath

Exhibition – Sophie Koto Gate: Milk Bath

Date

Monday 26 Feb 2024 - Saturday 16 Mar 2024
Expired!

Time

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

East Gallery
St Andrews St, Norwich NR2 4AE

East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts presents Milk Bath, by Sophie Koko-Gate.

For Milk Bath, Koko Gate’s first UK solo exhibition, visitors encounter an alternative landscape. A new 3D
animated film expands beyond the confines of the traditional cinematic frame as elements leach into
the gallery space beyond. Sculptures become animate, perch upon plinths and backdrops form new
tableaus. It is the making of her digital environment writ large, insidiously questioning what is reality
and what is fiction.

In the titular work, the film Milk Bath, viewers meet two protagonists, digital angels who have fallen to
earth, perplexed and bemused by all they find. The film asks us to consider, what would such beings
make of contemporary humanity? The celestial beings become vessels of the artist’s subconscious,
creating moments of fantasy connection and unexpected tenderness. Experimental dialogue evokes an
unfamiliar tone, whilst the expansive environment immerses visitors in a dream-like world. Here,
boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, inviting discussion around digital voyeurism and what it
means to be human at the dawn of a new era.
Sophie Koko Gate is a contemporary artist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental
and mainstream animation. She likens her creations to uncanny avatars, creating strange but familiar,
relatable characters that exist in a parallel universe; one that lives on long after the viewer has departed.
The inhabitants of her psychedelic digital space proffer ideas of a life lived beyond the moment that we
see them – that they too will age, change, engage in mundane and every day. It is the suggestion of an
alternate world that both entices and terrifies in equal measure.
Humour is very important in Koko Gate’s work and punctuates her storylines, allowing some brevity
amongst heavier subject matter. Sitting outside contemporary influences, her work is more closely
aligned with the leftfield, counterculture animations and collages of the 1960s. Terry Gilliam’s surrealist
concoctions for Monty Python, and The Beatles Yellow Submarine animation in 1967, all play a notable
role in her development as an artist, whilst her practice both resembles and resists the features of
mainstream animation to suitably play with audience expectation.
Koko Gate’s work has drawn notable attention and plaudits. She has had screenings within both film
festivals and galleries, from Sundance, SXSW, and BFI Film Festivals; to gallery spaces such as Tate
Modern and Whitechapel. In 2023, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award, the first
animator to be nominated in the awards history.

Home Events - Norwich Lanes Art Exhibition – Sophie Koto Gate: Milk Bath

Exhibition – Sophie Koto Gate: Milk Bath

Date

Monday 26 Feb 2024 - Saturday 16 Mar 2024
Expired!

Time

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

East Gallery
St Andrews St, Norwich NR2 4AE

East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts presents Milk Bath, by Sophie Koko-Gate.

For Milk Bath, Koko Gate’s first UK solo exhibition, visitors encounter an alternative landscape. A new 3D
animated film expands beyond the confines of the traditional cinematic frame as elements leach into
the gallery space beyond. Sculptures become animate, perch upon plinths and backdrops form new
tableaus. It is the making of her digital environment writ large, insidiously questioning what is reality
and what is fiction.

In the titular work, the film Milk Bath, viewers meet two protagonists, digital angels who have fallen to
earth, perplexed and bemused by all they find. The film asks us to consider, what would such beings
make of contemporary humanity? The celestial beings become vessels of the artist’s subconscious,
creating moments of fantasy connection and unexpected tenderness. Experimental dialogue evokes an
unfamiliar tone, whilst the expansive environment immerses visitors in a dream-like world. Here,
boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, inviting discussion around digital voyeurism and what it
means to be human at the dawn of a new era.
Sophie Koko Gate is a contemporary artist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental
and mainstream animation. She likens her creations to uncanny avatars, creating strange but familiar,
relatable characters that exist in a parallel universe; one that lives on long after the viewer has departed.
The inhabitants of her psychedelic digital space proffer ideas of a life lived beyond the moment that we
see them – that they too will age, change, engage in mundane and every day. It is the suggestion of an
alternate world that both entices and terrifies in equal measure.
Humour is very important in Koko Gate’s work and punctuates her storylines, allowing some brevity
amongst heavier subject matter. Sitting outside contemporary influences, her work is more closely
aligned with the leftfield, counterculture animations and collages of the 1960s. Terry Gilliam’s surrealist
concoctions for Monty Python, and The Beatles Yellow Submarine animation in 1967, all play a notable
role in her development as an artist, whilst her practice both resembles and resists the features of
mainstream animation to suitably play with audience expectation.
Koko Gate’s work has drawn notable attention and plaudits. She has had screenings within both film
festivals and galleries, from Sundance, SXSW, and BFI Film Festivals; to gallery spaces such as Tate
Modern and Whitechapel. In 2023, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award, the first
animator to be nominated in the awards history.

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