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Genetic Automata: Artist Talk, with Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, & cura...

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Join us on the 20 February for a talk with artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, who will be in-conversation with curator, writer and researcher Annie Jael Kwan at our Centre, reflecting on their new work, Genetic Automata.

Commissioned by Arts Catalyst, Genetic Automata forms the first in what will become a series of film-based works exploring exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, video games, and DNA Ancestry testing. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Tickets are £5, booking essential. We recommend booking soon to avoid disappointment as we anticipate high interest and capacity is limited.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Larry Achiampong (b.1984) is a British-Ghanaian artist whose solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and Somerset House, London.
David Blandy (b. 1976) is a British artist who has established his working practices through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that inform and influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga. His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the wide, disparate sources that provide his (and our own) individualist sense of self. He has exhibited at institutions nationally and worldwide including Tate Modern, London, UK; Bloomberg Space, London, UK; The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; The Baltic, Gateshead; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China. He is currently working on a New Geographies Commission for Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea.
In Larry Achiampong and David Blandy's collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the post-colonial 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. They were recently shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award for their collaborative work.
Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator, writer, researcher and producer based in London. She trained in theatre arts, film and cultural theory at Goldsmiths College before going on to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Law. She has worked as producer and curator on numerous arts projects in the UK and internationally since 2005, working with major arts and cultural institutions including the South Bank Centre, Geffrey Museum, Barbican Centre and the Live Art Development Agency. She founded the curatorial partnership, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on her interests in the critical ideas and explorations surrounding movement across borders. She is currently undertaking an MA in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, to further her interest in Southeast Asian art, and contributes to the publication, Art Asia Pacific.
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