Tate Modern screening: 'Finding Fanon Trilogy', 24 May 7-9pm

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Tate Modern Film

The Finding Fanon Trilogy
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy

24 May 2017 at 19.00–21.00, £8 Concessions available

Starr Cinema

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

Finding Fanon Part Three, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, 2016; Photo Claire Barrett

Finding Fanon Part Three, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, 2016; Photo Claire Barrett

A moving and multi-layered exploration of race, identity and globalisation inspired by the radical thinker Franz Fanon

The Finding Fanon trilogy (2015–17) by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy blends personal histories, pop culture and post-colonial theory to examine how we navigate the digital and physical worlds of the twenty-first century. Join us for this exclusive screening – the first time the trilogy has been screened together – followed by a conversation between the artists.

Programme

Finding Fanon Part One 2015
Ultra HD colour video, Stereo Sound, 16:9, 15 min
Directors, writers and composers: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Supported by Arts Council England

Finding Fanon Part Two 2015
Ultra HD colour video, Stereo Sound, 16:9, 9 min
Directors, writers and composers: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Produced by Artsadmin
Commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival
Supported by Arts Council England

Finding Fanon Part Three 2017
Ultra HD colour video, Stereo Sound, 16:9, 14 min
Directors, writers and composers: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Supported by Arts Council England and Wysing Arts Centre

In Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the decolonial position. They examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate the self as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves.

Larry Achiampong (b. 1984) is a British-Ghanaian artist who has exhibited, performed and presented projects in various institutions within the UK and abroad including the Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; Hauptbahnhof (Documenta13), Kassel; Iniva, London; and the ICA, London.

David Blandy (b. 1976) has exhibited at venues nationally and worldwide such as Bloomberg Space, London; The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki; MoMA PS1, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. He is represented by Seventeen Gallery and his films are distributed by LUX.

Supported by
The J Isaacs Charitable Trust

PRAKSIS EDITIONS: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy

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A beautiful archival print created exclusively for PRAKSIS by UK based artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy launches this range of collectable contemporary artworks.

Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete (Sara's Story), Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2016


Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete (Sara's Story), Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2016

Signed edition of 75.

Price: 879.00 Norwegian Kr

Pigment inkjet print on 310gsm Ilford Prestige pearlescent paper, 11.6 x 20.7 cm

25 per cent of profits from the sale are donated to Mennesker i Limbo to support their ongoing campaign for the rights of paperless migrants.

Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete (Sara's Story) shows a soberly dressed, lone female traveller walking at sunset along a railway track in a barren, uncanny digital landscape. Who is she and why is she there? What is her destination, and will she make it?

Through their work, Achiampong and Blandy examine ideas of communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate cultural hierarchies and the “fiction of the self”. Over the past three years, Achiampong and Blandy have exhibited, performed and showcased artworks and projects in the UK and internationally together in spaces such as Tate Modern (London), Fabrica (Brighton), Iniva (London), Modern Art Oxford, Spike Island (Bristol), ICI/Savvy Contemporary (Berlin) and Stony Island Arts Bank (Chicago).

PURCHASE HERE

PRAKSIS is an Oslo-based not-for-profit organisation running multidisciplinary residencies that focus on developing creative practices through shared experience and cross-cultural exchange.

Call for Papers: BLACK FILM BRITISH CINEMA CONFERENCE 2017

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Call for Papers

BLACK FILM BRITISH CINEMA CONFERENCE 2017

The Politics of Race in Contemporary Film and Digital Practice
17-18 May 2017

Goldsmiths, University of London (Day One) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (Day Two)

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Professor Sarita Malik, Brunel University
  • Dr Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
  • June Givanni, Pan African Cinema Archives
  • Chi Onwurah MP
  • Ruth Caleb OBE, Former Head of BBC Drama Group/Film and TV Producer
  • Gill Henderson, Former Chief Executive of London Film and Video Development Agency
  • Matimba Kabalika, British Film Institute

THEMES

Whether we consider the rise of the concept of diversity, the on-screen representation of identities, the off-screen workforce, the production trends of film institutions, new forms of independent production opened up by new media, or film education and talent development, questions of race and ethnicity remain central to contemporary British film.

This conference will mark nearly 30 years since the original Black Film, British Cinema conference at the ICA and its subsequent publication, which has been a huge influence on scholars exploring race, culture and the politics of representation.  Some of its core thinking by Kobena Mercer, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy and others remains an excellent point to consider what has, and has not, become of black and Asian film and TV production in the UK.

The aim of this two-day conference is to consider the politics of race in contemporary British cinema and visual practice and reflect on almost 30 years of black film production vis-a-vis the institutional, technological, textual, cultural and political shifts that have occurred during this period.  We invite scholars, early career researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners working at the intersection of film, TV, Moving Image, Media and Communication studies, Sociology, Politics and Cultural Studies. We would encourage contributors to reflect on themes, challenges and questions central to race and British film in terms of governance, production, representation, exhibition and spectatorship. These include (but are not limited to):

  • The politics of representation in contemporary film and digital practice
  • Diversity and film policy
  • The representation/politics of race in new digital platforms
  • Understandings of 'Black film' in the context of recent social, political and cultural change
  • The politics of gender and sexuality and intersectional approaches to black and Asian film and visual practice
  • The political economy of 'Black film'
  • The cultural, geographical and political contexts of black and Asian film production
  • Participatory film cultures and movements
  • Methodologies for understanding contemporary film, representation and access.
  • Film in postcolonial and race critical theory
  • The relevance and cohesiveness of 'black' as an ethnic category in film production, policy and criticism
  • New Ethnicities, the Black intelligentsia and film and TV production
  • The emergence of new sub genres (i.e Urban Film)
  • Higher Education, film studies and race, and approaches to Black film pedagogy
  • Race and diaspora in international cinema
  • Representation, identity and the ideology of race and ethnicity  

Abstract Deadlines and Submission Process:

3rd February 2017. Deadline for paper submission. Please submit proposals for 15 minute papers here. The submission should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation and address, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 300 words.

27th February 2017 Paper proposers notified of decision by conference committee. Conference registration opens.

Thursday 17th May 2017. Conference starts in London.

Conference Organisers: Dr Clive James Nwonka (University of Greenwich), Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Click here for a pdf for the Call for Papers

'Meeting the Machine Half Way', Wysing Arts Centre, Sat 19 Nov

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WYSING ARTS CENTRE

To book your free place on this Study Day please visit our Eventbrite page, here.

MEETING THE MACHINE HALF-WAY
SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 2–8PM

Electricity flows from motherboards into muscle memory. Neurones fire into logic gates across silicon synapses. We must become a part of the system, in order to overcome it. Welcome to the arcade.

For their Study Day, Meeting the Machine Half-way, current artists-in-residence David Blandy, Larry Achiampong, and Gary Zhexi Zhang will be joined by curator Morgan Quaintance, gamer and artist Danielle Nelson (Zakuta/Izanami), researchers Carleigh Morgan and Nathaniel Zetter, alongside other invited contributors, to take part in a programme of talks, demonstrations and a live gaming tournament.

Image: David Blandy research image

Image: David Blandy research image

The Study Day will draw on the experiences of professional game-players, researchers and artists in order to explore the history of video gaming culture and to think critically about our embodied relationship to technology, race and sexuality.

There will be a Super Smash Bros (Wii U version), 2014, tournament and a Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, 1992 'winner-stays-on' tournament.

Games will be available to play from 1pm and refreshments will be available from café abantu for early arrivals. Early registration for the Super Smash Bros tournament is advised.

2pm – Introduction from Lotte Juul Petersen, Artist and Programmes Curator, and John Bloomfield, Assistant Curator.

2.15pm – Morgan Quaintance on video game cultures.

2.45pm – "Cybernetic Communities": Nathaniel Zetter, Carleigh Morgan and Gary Zhexi Zhang in conversation.

3.30pm – Discussion and Q&A.

4pm – First rounds of Super Smash Bros tournament and Street Fightertournament. Refreshments available from café abantu.

5pm – "A Gamer's Life": Danielle Nelson, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong in conversation.

5.45pm – International gamers' chatroom, moderated by David Blandy and Larry Achiampong.

6.30pm – Discussion and Q&A.

7pm – Final rounds of Super Smash Bros and Street Fighter tournaments. Refreshments available from café abantu.

8pm – Ends.

Tate Modern: Finding Fanon With Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, December 6 2016

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Finding Fanon With Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Tate Exchange
Switch House, Level 5

December 6th 2016
Installation:    12:00-18:00 (drop in- free)
Performance: 19:30-20:30 (book tickets here- £8, concessions available)

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

 
Still from 'Finding Fanon Part Three: Prologue', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2016

Still from 'Finding Fanon Part Three: Prologue', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2016

Examine communal and personal heritage through film and performance.

Inspired by the lost plays of radical humanist Frantz Fanon, the Finding Fanon project examines how society, race and racism affect our relationships with each other in an age of new technology, pop culture and globalisation.

Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy work collaboratively and share an interest in popular culture and the postcolonial position. They examine communal and personal heritage, using performance to investigate ‘the self’ as a fiction, devising alter-egos to point at their divided selves. Over two years, their research has evolved into a body of work including digital imagery, exhibitions, performance and video.

Become part of the story in a new live work by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

Explore reconstruction, rejuvenation and the possibility or impossibility of reconciliation in the latest installment of Finding Fanon.

Incorporating music, text and large-scale video projection, the performance takes place around a closed shelter, acting as both a mysterious presence and sculptural centrepiece within the installation. Immerse yourself in the space as lines are blurred between performers and the audience.

 

Finding Fanon Film Screening and Artist Talk @ Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago

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Finding Fanon Film Screening and Artist Talk

Friday September 16, 2016, 7pm | Stony Island Arts Bank | 6760 S. Stony Island Ave | Chicago, IL 60649

Join us at the Stony Island Arts Bank for a screening of two films in the Finding Fanon (2015–present) trilogy followed by a conversation with artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, moderated by Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.

Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, USA

Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, USA

Finding Fanon is inspired by the lost plays of the radical philosopher, writer, and humanist Franz Fanon (1925–1961). Throughout the trilogy, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s commentary on race and decolonization in the early 20th century, including its intersection with migration, industrialization, and socio-economic disparities in our globalized and technologically driven society. Finding Fanon 1 uses still and moving images drawn from personal archives, news media, music videos, and Google searches to reveal how the artists’s familial histories intertwine with British colonialism. Set within the simulated environment of the in-game video editor of Grand Theft Auto 5, Finding Fanon 2 combines art-house cinema with digital culture’s Machinima to explore the postcolonial condition. 

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and Black Cinema House, and co-sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Additional support provided by Arts Council England and the British Council.

The event is part of Larry Achiampong's exhibition OPEN SEASON presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator.

Eva International: Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium

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Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium

12 and 13 July 2016

Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick

Presented by EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial

To book a place at the symposium click HERE.

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part One, 2015

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part One, 2015

EVA International – Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, is pleased to announce the dates and full programme for Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium. On 12 and 13 July, the Still (the) Barbarians programme concludes with a symposium curated by Koyo Kouoh, supported by the Johann Jacobs Museum and in partnership with Limerick 2020.

The symposium will feature keynote lecture by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, performances by Yong Sun Gullach, and Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, with participants including Mary Evans, Prof. Luke Gibbons, Dr Declan Long, John Logan, Catalina Lozano, Dr Aislinn O'Donnell, Grant Watson, and a screening of Our Kind (2016) by Alan Phelan.

Still (the) Barbarians is the title of the 2016 edition of Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art curated by Koyo Kouoh, open to the public from 16 April to 17 July. Koyo Kouoh’s curatorial project, addresses artistic, architectural, poetic, and critical positions that interpret how colonialism, which continues to shape our present condition, has had an effect on the psyche, landscape, language, and imagination. Invasive disruptions of social, cultural, religious, and political orders have long been subject matter for artists, writers, filmmakers, architects, scientists, and activists, Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium will explore how artists respond to postcolonial legacies, while also looking more specifically at the lasting impact that colonialism has had on the Irish language.

Curator Koyo Kouoh comments, “This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule, and Ireland has heavily invested in commemorating this. The commemoration is somewhat detached from the trauma of the revolution, or uprising that begun the process of detangling from the coloniser. With Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium I want to locate Ireland within contemporary postcolonial discourse and unpack some of the consequences of decolonisation still apparent today.”

Guardian article: Digital art project in Liverpool allows ex-servicemen to use a virtual world canvas, FF Gaiden, to explore their past experiences

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FFGaiden: Control (2016); Larry Achiampong & David Blandy

FFGaiden: Control (2016); Larry Achiampong & David Blandy

FF Gaiden: Control (2016). A new film by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy with Matt Buckley, Gordon Harding, Adam Rushton, Mark Towell, Susan Wardle and Lindsay Wallace

The exact number of former Armed Service personnel in prison in Britain is at present unknown and figures are widely contested but it is believed that the number represents ‘a significant subset of the adult male prison population and by occupation, potentially the largest’. With a move to now better recognise veterans within the criminal justice system what does this identification mean for the individuals themselves? 

FF Gaiden: Control explores the tensions inherent within this dual identity of ‘veteran and offender’ through a series of personal testimonies from the perspective of the veterans themselves and their family members. These accounts are played out through the world of video game Grand Theft Auto V, investigating this virtual space synonymous with violence to speak of their experiences of societal control.  

Commissioned and produced by FACT. Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. With thanks HMP Altcourse, Keith McDonnell, Tony Connolly and the HMP Altcourse gym team, HMP Liverpool and Partners of Prisoners.

Random Acts, Episode 6, showing tonight on Channel Four, 12:30AM

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David Blandy's new film "Tutorial: How to make a short video about ideas", will be screened tonight as part of Random Acts, presented by Eric Wareheim on Channel Four, just after midnight. Or online at Channel Four.

12:30AM Tuesday June 14 2016

'Tutorial: How to make a short video about ideas', David Blandy, 2016

'Tutorial: How to make a short video about ideas', David Blandy, 2016

Programme Line up:

'SOMETHING MORE: SHOCK MACHINE' BY SIMON AMSTELL

'TUTORIAL: HOW TO MAKE A SHORT VIDEO ABOUT IDEAS' BY DAVID BLANDY

'CAPITAL OF THE C' BY SASKIA DIXIE

'ABDUCT' BY XAVIER CHA

'COSMICO' BY C.J. LAZARETTI

'BLACKOUT' BY CHARLIE LYNE

Channel Four

WYSING POLYPHONIC, SAT 2 JULY, Tickets on sale

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WYSING POLYPHONIC
SATURDAY 2 JULY, 12.30-11PM

Wysing Polyphonic is the seventh annual music event at Wysing Arts Centre and the first to be fully acoustic; with no microphones, speakers, backing tracks, laptops or electronics. Building on the legacy of the previous festivals at Wysing, the 2016 festival continues to address the boundaries of sonic experimentation, though vocal improvisation, song, spoken word, drone and noise, and is perhaps the first festival to take an acoustic or ‘unplugged’ approach in this experimental way.  

A range of musicians and visual artists have responded to the parameters of the festival which will rely on their experimental approach to working with voice, instruments and objects. Performances include abstract sound experiments, choral ensembles, improvised jazz, whistling, song, spoken word, and performances using ancient instruments. Much of what will take place will be improvised and completely unique to the festival and the specific surroundings and context of Wysing.  

The initial line-up announced today includes:

Adam Bohman / Adam Christensen / Andy Holden / Barnaby Brown / Crispin Best / David Blandy / David Toop / Emma Smith / Evan Parker / Florence Peake / Jenny Moore / Jennifer Walshe / Keef Winter / Keiko Yamamoto / Linda Stupart / Larry Achiampong / Laura Cannell / Laura O’Neill / Megan Nolan / Natalie Price Hafslund / Pierre Berthet / Paul Purgas / Rachel Benson / Richard Dawson / Rie Nakajima / Sam Belinfante / Secluded Bronte / Verity Susman

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.

Please visit our website for full details, click here.

Achiampong & Blandy at Praksis International Artist Residency, Oslo

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PRAKSIS’s first residency NEW TECHNOLOGY AND THE POST HUMAN started on March 21st in collaboration with Notam, PNEK and events partner Atelier Nord.

Lead residents David Blandy and Larry Achiampong are working with paperless migrants to the city, supported by Oslo-based computer programmer Jonathan Ringstad, in the production of a subverted version of the computer game Grand Theft Auto V. The Oslo participants, from the organisation Mennisker i Limbo (People in Limbo), have engaged with huge generosity in discussions of sometimes extreme and traumatic personal experience. On the basis of these discussions, the artists are working with individual group members to develop written scripts, synthetic voiceovers and character avatars for a new film: Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete, a complex tapestry of stories of identity and migration, cultural history and social change.

UPCOMING EVENTS //

9 April 2pm - 5pm: Seminar – New Technology and the Post-Human at Atelier Nord ANX.  Taking screenings of work by PRAKSIS artists-in-residence, David Blandy, & Larry Achiampong, and Jeremy Bailey, as a starting point, Steffen Krüger (postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at UiO's Department of Media and Communication) will moderate a discussion exploring the residency theme in relation to the panelists' artistic practices and cultural/sociological interests.

16 & 17 April 12 - 8pm: OSLO OPEN //  Informal Presentation of Residents Work at Atelier Nord ANX. Part of the annual OSLO OPEN open studios programme, PRAKSIS will present residents' work alongside ORP2 artists' presentations and Video Open; a film showreel curated by Janne Talstad.
Private view 15 April from 5.30pm

PRAKSIS
office@praksisoslo.org
+47 411 181 721

The Workweek Prize & Interview

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The Workweek Prize rewards the best artist-led or independent curatorial project in the Art Licks Weekend

The Workweek Prize 2015 has been awarded to David Blandy and A---Z for the installation 16-Bit at Four Quarters.

David was interviewed by Anne Duffau (A---Z founder & independent curator) for broadcast on RADIO ANTI as part of their coverage of the Art Licks Weekend: listen here.

Artquest inaugurated the Workweek Prize for Art Licks Weekend in 2013 to celebrate and encourage artist-led and independent curatorial projects in London, and their support of the local and international art scene. The Prize supports critical, risk-taking projects involved in the Art Licks Weekend.

The Workweek Prize is open to independent artist-led spaces, and independent curatorial projects without a fixed venue. We award a total cash prize of £600 to be shared amongst the organiser and exhibiting artists.