School of Art Friday Lecture: David Blandy and Larry Achiampong


  • 11.30am

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, West Court
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

The artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy will discuss their creative partnership, their use of technology, of videogame engines, drones and phone cameras, and how the work relates to the current political landscape. In their collaborative practice Achiampong and Blandy examine the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these issues affect their relationship to each other. Their conflict is played out through scripts that meld history, geopoliticial analysis and personal testimony. Navigating hidden and traumatic stories that connect the past, present and future, their practice questions the promise of globalisation, becoming a search for authenticity in a radically interconnected yet ambiguous world.

About the speakers

Larry Achiampong is a British-Ghanaian artist who has exhibited, performed and presented projects in various institutions within the UK and worldwide including The Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale; Tate Britain/Modern, and ICA, London; and the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra, Ghana. Achiampong has been working with audio for the past ten years combining original scores, sampled audio and field recordings.

David Blandy has exhibited at venues nationally and worldwide such as Tate Modern, London; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Turner Contemporary, Margate; K├╝nstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China.