Friday November 24th-Saturday December 9th 2017
Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema.
Each screening is presented during a limited period, as in a movie theatre.
Vdrome makes available a program of exceptional artists’s films and videos that are selected due to their importance, quality and innovative strength, many of which are only shown in the context of film festivals, exhibitions or specific surveys, being therefore of very limited access.
Vdrome is an initiative conceived and promoted by Mousse.
Curated by: Edoardo Bonaspetti, Jens Hoffmann, Andrea Lissoni and Filipa Ramos.
Managing Editor: Enrico Boccioletti
FINDING FANON TRILOGY CPD EVENT FOR GUILD MEMBERS, STUDENTS, TRAINEES & FRIENDS
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH THE ARTISTS LARRY ACHIAMPONG AND DAVID BLANDY AROUND RACE, RACISM, ART AND THERAPY WITH A PANEL LEAD BY PSYCHOTHERAPIST CHARLES BROWN
Free of charge
The Guild of Psychotherapists
47 Nelson Square, London SE1 0QA
Friday 30TH June 7.00 - 9.00PM
The Finding Fanon project (2015–17) by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), whose work explored the trauma of colonialism and the consequences of decolonisation. Frantz Fanon wrote three plays that remain unpublished and were never performed.
The two artists negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and the post-colonial, and how these societal issues affect the artists’ relationship and reflect on wider social issues in the current politic climate of brexit. The discussion looks at the impact this has on the analytic relationship and the consequences for therapy in the 21st century.
The Guild of Psychotherapists - and our low fee clinic - is situated in one of the most ethnically and racially diverse boroughs in the country. Recognising this calls for creating conditions where, at a minimum, psychotherapy organisations can fully reflect the society in which they are located.
The members and trainees who work in the Clinic and have been engaged with the community are committed to developing a narrative towards achieving greater psychoanalytical understandings when working with ethnic diversity for the benefit of our trainees, patients and supervisees.
There will be a presentation by the artists of their work followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.
Finding Fanon: Films, Talks & Vinyl Presentation
29 June, Lighthouse, Brighton
7pm – 9.30pm (doors and bar 6.30pm) Tickets: £3
An exploration of race, identity and globalisation by Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy.
Join the artists for the launch of their double LP of music from the series, Finding Fanon Sequence, screenings of all three Finding Fanon films, followed by a conversation with Lighthouse Associate Artistic Director, Elijah.
Buy tickets here: Lighthouse
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy: Finding Fanon Sequence
Plymouth Arts Centre
Thursday 6th July 2017 - Saturday 2nd September 2017
Preview: Thursday 6 July, 6-8pm. David Blandy and Larry Achiampong will be in conversation with Ben Borthwick, PAC Artistic Director at 7pm
The exhibition premiere of Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s film trilogy Finding Fanon (2015—17) is a moving and multi-layered exploration of race, identity and globalisation. Inspired by the radical thinker Frantz Fanon (1925—1961), the trilogy considers Fanon’s ideas about the mental distress caused by colonialism and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation, and the ways race, racism and societal issues affect our relationships. The films move between past, present and future, blending personal histories and pop culture with science fiction and post-colonial theory. Footage of the artists shot in empty coastal and rural locations is collaged with their avatars wandering the deserted scenarios of Grand Theft Auto.
Alongside their collaborative work, the exhibition includes pieces by each artist from their individual practices, continuing their exploration of how we navigate the digital and physical worlds of the twenty-first century.
We will be screening David Blandy’s short film Tutorial before the cinema screenings of Inversion and My Cousin Rachel for the first week of the exhibition (from Friday 7 to Thursday 13 July). Achiampong (b. 1984) and Blandy (b.1976) have been collaborating as Biters and on the Finding Fanon series since 2013.
Larry Achiampong is a British—Ghanaian artist who has exhibited and presented projects in UK and abroad. David Blandy is represented by Seventeen Gallery and his films are distributed by LUX.
24 May 2017 at 19.00–21.00, £8 Concessions available
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.
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.
The J Isaacs Charitable Trust
A beautiful archival print created exclusively for PRAKSIS by UK based artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy launches this range of collectable contemporary artworks.
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).
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
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)
- 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
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)
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.
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.
Switch House, Level 5
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.
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.
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 – 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.”
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.
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
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
Jamie Sutcliffe argues that virtual technologies offer only a fantasy of freedom. Can artists who repurpose video games, such as Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Aiden Wall and Angela Washko, connect the virtual with the real to create an equal place accessible to all?