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DAVID BLANDY Duels and Dualities: Artprojx Dojo 11 Sept – 25 Oct 2008

An installation:
films, sound system, arcade games, posters, stickers, comics, t-shirts, badges, kung fu artefacts
PREVIEW: WEDS 10 SEPT 6-9pm
Featuring a live sound clash:
The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim versus The Legendary Manasseh Sound System
Sound release: Barefoot Skank – the Manasseh dub instrumental soundtrack to Blandy’s Samurai Story film

Duels and Dualities: Artprojx Dojo

An examination of the quest for the authentic and the spiritual in the ephemeral world of popular culture. Can you ever find the self in the other?

The battle is a fundamental aspect of many underground cultural movements- the M.C. battle, the one on one beat-em-up, cutting heads in a blues guitar duel, or turntabilst vs. turntablist. The Artprojx Dojo will explore these legacies, and how the idea of a quest for perfection is pursued through them. Bringing together an array of underground artistic forms, Kung fu and Chanbara flicks, hardcore fighting arcade games, comics and a dub soundsystem, Blandy continues his quest for identity.

Creating an installation that crosses kung fu art emporium and amusement arcade with a fully kitted out range of bins and speaker cabinets by the legendary Manasseh Sound System, Artprojx Dojo will feature David Blandy’s films, photography, posters, stickers, and kung fu artifacts.

The Manasseh Sound System has created a new dub instrumental soundtrack ‘Barefoot Skank’ for Blandy’s Samurai Story film. Manasseh has collaborated with David Blandy to produce a new reggae theme tune for Blandy’s character, the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim. Mixing a hypnotic roots sound with samples of films that Blandy has appropriated previously, ‘Barefoot Skank’ hints at a yearning for spirituality and authenticity that is evident in both Manasseh and Blandy’s work.

David Blandy was born in London (1976), where he now lives and works. Blandy studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Slade and has since exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad including solo shows in London and Beijing. Blandy’s work is currently featured in Far West at the Arnolfini and touring, and he has been commissioned to produce a new installation for the Bluecoat for the Liverpool Biennial. A further new commission will be unveiled in a solo exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol next year.

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