'Finding Fanon Part Two', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015
Finding Fanon Two collides art-house cinema with digital culture’s Machinima, resulting in a work that explores the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment – the Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game video editor. This video work combines several stories, including how the artists’ familial histories relate to colonial history, an examination of how their relationship is formed through the virtual space, and thoughts on the implications of the post-human condition.
The work was showcased at an evening of discussion around the post colonial, the digital and the post human at Fabrica in Brighton, on the 16 September 2015, where the artists were joined by art historian, critic and curator Christine Eyene.
Commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival,
Supported by National Lottery Funds through Arts Council England
Produced by Artsadmin.
Finding Fanon Part Two has been shown at various venues such as at Eva International: Ireland's Biennial 2016, Limerick; Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago; and Cycle Music & Arts Festival, Iceland
The Finding Fanon series is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation. Throughout the series, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these societal issues affect our relationship amidst an age of new technology, popular culture and globalisation.