Duels and Dualities by David Blandy.  Showing at Odysseys.
Duels and Dualities by David Blandy. Showing at Odysseys.

DAVID BLANDY - Odysseys

BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL 2012


1-23 September 2012
Brighton


A FULLY FUNCTIONAL VIDEO GAME ARCADE AND DIGITAL ANIME INSTALLATIONS ARE AT THE HEART OF DAVID BLANDY'S LARGEST UK SOLO SHOW


Lighthouse and Phoenix Brighton are delighted to present recent works by David Blandy in a special exhibition curated for Brighton Digital Festival.

Child of the Atom (2010) by David Blandy © the artist
Child of the Atom (2010) by David Blandy © the artist

David Blandy is a contemporary artist based in Brighton and London who uses video, performance, digital technology, animation and comics to investigate the popular culture that surrounds us. Odysseys is a major exhibition of his recent work, and his largest monographic show in the UK.

Brought up on a diet of kung fu films and Manga, Blandy is fascinated by how our identities are shaped by everyday art forms such as television and computer games. Simultaneously humorous and philosophical, ironic and profound, his work analyses the games we play and the films we watch.

The centerpiece of Odysseys is a collection of computer arcade game machines, specially adapted to play Blandy’s own games. Duels and Dualities (2011) is based on Street Fighter II, and uses a series of Blandy’s alter-egos, each with their own special powers, in a customized 2D fighting arena. Battle of the Soul: Rhythm Action Game, commissioned for Odysseys, invites the audience to compete in a blues music guitar competition. In addition, a selection of Blandy’s video works, including Soul of the Lakes (2005) and Samurai Story Part 2 (2008) are embedded directly into arcade machines.

Odysseys is part of Lighthouse’s 2012 thematic programme, Uncharted Territories, which explores the fundamental human urge to explore, map and understand new territories and cultures. It includes two recent video installations: Child of the Atom (2010), which explores Blandy’s personal, historical relationship with Japan; and Anjin 1600 (2012), which tells the story of the 16th-century English explorer William Adams, who sailed to Japan in 1600 to trade, but never left. Indebted to the anime series, Ulysses 31, Anjin 1600 is re-imagines Adams’ journey as a futuristic space odyssey.

Many of Blandy’s works are developed in collaboration with Brighton-based illustrator and Manga artist, Inko, who has also created the artwork for the posters, cut-outs, and comics that pervade the exhibition space.

Odysseys includes nine of Blandy’s individual works, making the exhibition a significant milestone for the artist, and a thorough introduction to his practice for visitors.

About the Artist

David Blandy (b. 1976) has exhibited widely, including shows at The Baltic, Gateshead; the Liverpool Biennial; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; and Platform China Project Space, Beijing. His work is distributed by LUX, and he is represented by Seventeen Gallery in London.

Works in The Show

Battle of the Soul: Rhythm Action Game (2012)
Anjin 1600, Episode 1 (2012)
Duels and Dualities: Battle of the Soul (2011) (courtesy of the Zabludowicz Collection)
Duels and Dualities: Battle of the Soul (Gaijin Edition) (2011)
Samurai Story Part 2 (2008)
Child of the Atom (2010)
The White and Black Minstrel Show (2007)
Soul of the Lakes (2005)
from the underground (2001)

Plus, a fully functional 1980s-style video game arcade, which visitors are welcome to use to play Blandy’s games and more; cut out figures from Blandy’s artworks; and glass cabinets with various figurines and ephemera from his installations.

Dates: 1-23 September 2012

Times: 11-6pm, Mon-Sun

Preview: 6-8pm, Friday 31 August 2012

Venue: Phoenix Brighton , 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

Special events: To complement the Odysseys exhibition we have a varied programme of workshops and talks
Artist Talk with David Blandy – Saturday 01 September 2012
Anime Film Screening – Princess Mononoke – Monday 17 September 2012
Comic Book Workshop – Wednesday 19 September 2012
Fated Dual Gaming Tournament – Saturday 22 September 2012

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Odysseys is curated by Lighthouse and presented in partnership with Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival and is supported by Arts Council England.

Printing for Odysseys sponsored by Spectrum.

Brighton Digital Festival is a celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities, administered by Wired Sussex in association with Lighthouse and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Press about Odysseys
Viva Brighton – Aug 2012
Culture 24 – 21 Aug 2012
Jotta.com interview with David Blandy – 31 Aug 2012
Brighton Source – Sept 2012
Absolute Brighton – Sept 2012 issue, page 69
Garage Magazine – Sept 2012
Guardian Guide – 01 Sept 2012 – Odysseys chosen as number one exhibition pick of the week.
The Argus – 01 Sept 2012
A-N – 03 Sept 2012
Neo Mag – 06 Sept 2012
Fad Website interview with David Blandy – 17 Sept 2012
Guardian Games Blog – 21 Sept 2012
Culture 24 review Fated Dual at Odysseys

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