Genetic Automata by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy forms the first part of an ambitious new body of works exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, video games, and DNA Ancestry testing.
A video installation – A Terrible Fiction – references the history of the theory of evolution, and the relationship between Darwin and his taxidermy teacher John Edmonstone, a freed slave. The work combines animation, spoken word and text interspersed with microscopic topographies of varied shades of skin, digital renditions of skin from video games and film footage of bird life from Darwin’s bird skin collection at the Natural History Museum.
As part of the installation, the artists have invited London-based illustrator, muralist and animator Wumi ‘Wumzum’ Olaosebikan to create a mural responding to the themes and ideas addressed in Genetic Automata.
This exhibition will be held in Site Gallery's Project Space (to the left of the cafe).
Tuesday 15 October, 6-8pm – RSVP