‘FF Gaiden: Alternative’ is a new video work created from a process of collaboration between artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong and Tyneside Cinema’s youth group, The Factory. 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 entering the adult world at this precise moment in time.
Blandy and Achiampong have worked with The Factory to make a new video work that combines 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, encapsulating, synth-driven soundtrack that contextualises the intense, high definition visuals and stories of the film.
‘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. ‘FF Gaiden: Alternative’ focuses on aspects of youth and community between the digital realm and ‘IRL’ (‘In Real Life’).
The work has been specially commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, and is supported by Arts Council England.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy will be in conversation with Curator Osei Bonsu Wednesday 8 June 18.30 – 20.00.
Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
FF Gaiden: Alternative
Exhibition: Wed 4 May - Tue 14 June