Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Finding Fanon Pt.2, 2015
The piece has become a work in response to the search for Fanon’s plays but also the conversations had between Achiampong and Blandy, and their personal development throughout the search for the plays. Such has produced art that speaks a narrative whilst within the game platform GTA. I really like the personal connection to the narrative that Larry has developed and then spoke about at his artist talk in 2016 – recording is available here – and I like how the conversations around the topics of personal connection such as race and colonisation have aided the development of the project and helped shape it into what it is. It’s this reflexivity that I think supports the piece well and makes it more interesting for the viewer to listen to and view. I want to be reflexive with the narrative/ audio accompaniment to my work that I will develop.
“inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation. Throughout the series, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these societal issues affect our relationship amidst an age of new technology, popular culture and globalisation.”
This example of going all the way when committing to recreating an environment is what I would love to do. It’s in response to a piece of literature that states that a guy has 1,369 lightbulbs illuminating his room, and so Jeff Wall has honoured this factor of the prologue and created an image to match to the written word. I think it’s interesting how he has taken this part of the novel and had such an emotional response to the prologue that he has dedicated so much time to create a world that fits this written description. I would like to make work in response to some of my favourite pieces of literature in the future or even use them within my practice.
“The novel’s eloquent prologue is short on specifics, except one: the 1,369 lightbulbs that cover the ceiling of the underground lair. Starting with this fantastic detail, Wall scrupulously imagined in his Vancouver studio the concrete form of Ellison’s metaphorical space. “
Mentioned in the blog post: Immersion within Installations