Artist David Blandy discusses animation and art with curator Annie Jael Kwan, traversing the different landscapes and worlds he inhabits, from touching the earth on Canvey Island to time travel to Street Fighter Alpha 2 to Grand Theft Auto 5.
Annie Jael Kwan is a curator, researcher and educator working at the intersection of contemporary art and activism, with a focus on Asian and diaspora practices in the UK and internationally. Her work explores migration and boundaries, movement and performance, archives, alternate histories, radical curating in collectivity and organising, and how to attend to embodied subjectivities in the digital age of global crises and eco-anxiety.
David Blandy works with video, Pixel art, 2D, 3D and videogame animation while thinking about what each of these forms mean, and the communities that surround each of these forms. Through his diverse practice, he questions our relationship to the culture that surrounds us, reflecting on the imaginary spaces that form our identity. Delving deep into video game, genre fantasy and Internet culture, he is fascinated by each form’s potential for communality and finding new forms of kinship.
David Blandy’s films are distributed through LUX and he is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London, UK.
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