A Larry Achiampong & David Blandy collaboration, 2016-17
‘FF Gaiden’ is a series of video works created from a process of collaboration between artists Larry Achiampong, David Blandy and wider communities. Together they have used the virtual space of Grand Theft Auto 5 to explore ideas around the writings of Frantz Fanon, whilst also asking what it means to be human in this supposed moment of globalisation.
‘Gaiden’ (a term synonymous with Japanese anime and videogame culture meaning “sidestory”) expands the artist’s Finding Fanon series as they devise the tools that they used to produce Finding Fanon 2, with the public. By doing this, they give creative agency to wider communities including; working with veterans & prisoners, (at FACT, Liverpool) paperless migrants (at the International Artist's Residency PRAKSIS, Oslo), a female refugee group (at New Art Exchange, Nottingham), young people (at Tyneside Gallery, Newcastle), thus allowing them to direct the way in which they share their stories. between the digital realm and ‘IRL’ (‘In Real Life’).
Achiampong and Blandy have worked with various communities to make a series of video works that combine a plethora of material; script-work based on stories and conversations from the participants concerning contemporary identity, thoughts about how their relationships and identities are formed through the virtual world, and an original, synth-driven soundtrack that contextualises the intense, high definition visuals and stories of the film.
© Larry Achiampong & David Blandy