FF Gaiden: Delete

2016
Achiampong, Larry
Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy share an interest in popular culture and post-colonialism. In both their collaborative and solo projects they examine communal and personal heritage by way of performance, digital imagery and video. The series FF Gaiden is part of an ongoing collaboration between the artists and wider communities examining the writings of the anti-colonial thinker Frantz Fanon (1925–61). ‘Gaiden’ is a Japanese word that means ‘side story’. In the gaming world, it refers to a spin-off or secondary version of an existing game. During a residency in Norway in 2016 the artists worked closely with paperless migrants in Oslo and the organisation Mennisker i Limbo (People in Limbo), to discuss issues surrounding identity, technology and contemporary culture. These discussions, and further close collaboration, resulted in a video work that makes use of the virtual space of the computer game Grand Theft Auto V to create ‘a complex tapestry of stories’ about ‘migration, cultural history and social change’. Commissioned by PRAKSIS Oslo, Norway. In collaboration with Mennisker i Limbo (People in Limbo), in partnership with PNEK, Atelier Nord, and Notam.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 33 minutes 9seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 2AP
  • Material description: Ultra HD colour video, Stereo Sound
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC42/2016

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