On this page you will find a collection of resources relating to the UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time exhibition, that can be explored at home.
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Introduction to Untitled
Watch this introduction UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time with exhibition curator Paul Goodwin.
Essay Response to Untitled: Economy of our Time by Taylor Le Melle
Read this essay response to UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time by Taylor Le Melle.
Writer: Taylor Le Melle
Commissioning Editor: Paul Goodwin
Critique Partner: Derica Shields
Taylor Le Melle writes, organises and produces objects using their training in art history, architectural theory and developmental psychology. Alongside their writing, recent work has included curating exhibitions, facilitating groups, building infrastructures, producing audio tracks, diagrams, and objects. Mostly they consider these latter three examples to be “draft objects.” In 2018, they became one of the founding directors of not/nowhere, an artists’ workers cooperative which is dedicated to supporting moving image practices and analogue technology. Through their publishing collective, PSS, they have edited and produced several collections of science fantasy and one poetry collection.
North Cambridge Academy – UNTITLED: The students of our time
A year 9 class from North Cambridge Academy have been working with Kettle’s Yard to explore the UNTITLED exhibition. They have met the artists and produced this film together in response.
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, ‘Finding Fanon Trilogy’, 2015 and 2016–17
Finding Fanon takes inspiration from the lost plays of the radical writer, psychologist and philosopher Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), whose work examined the psychological effects of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation. Unfolding across three parts this work explores Fanon’s ideas, placing them in relation to the societal issues that affect the artists’ relationship as friends and collaborators. Achiampong and Blandy also interrogate the promise of globalisation, recognising its impact on their own heritage.
Where the first and third parts of Finding Fanon use live action film, the second part draws on footage developed using the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game. By hacking and repurposing this platform, the artists access an alternative, seemingly free and expansive world. Yet that world is revealed to be underpinned by a capitalist structure and subject to the same systemic racism that is present in reality.
At Kettle’s Yard, the films are presented across a number of screens strewn across the floor alongside technological detritus. Watch the trilogy below from the comfort of your own home.
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, ‘A Terrible Fiction’, 2019
This film is part of a body of work that explores race and identity in relation to video games, digital avatars and DNA ancestry testing. These contemporary technologies open up complex histories of classification and segregation and two opposing scientific theories of race and ethnicity. The first, rooted in the eugenics movement, treats racial and ethnic categories as biological classifications that produce essential characteristics. The other, stemming from the social sciences, regards race and ethnicity as cultural and historical constructs with little biological significance. The argument between these positions continues, even after the human genome was decoded in 2003, which scientists believe proved there was no biological basis for race.
Referencing the history of the theory of evolution, the film also explores the under-recognised relationship between Charles Darwin and John Edmonstone. Edmonstone was a freed slave who taught Darwin the skill of taxidermy, it is now understood that Edmonstone equipped the scientist with the skills to preserve the specimens that he discovered on his voyage to the Galapagos Islands, which was pivotal in the development of his theory of natural selection.
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy in conversation with Dr Jean Khalfa
In this film UNTITLED artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy discuss the work of Frantz Fanon with Dr Jean Khalfa, University of Cambridge, in relation to their video trilogy Finding Fanon. Dr Jean Khalfa is a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, specialising in the history of philosophy, modern literature (in particular contemporary poetry and writing in French from North Africa and the Caribbean), aesthetics and anthropology. He has written extensively on the work of Frantz Fanon and recently published, with R. JC Young, Frantz Fanon’s Alienation and Freedom, a scholarly edition of about 800 pages of unpublished or lost material by Fanon, including his theatre, his psychiatric writings and a number of political texts (La Découverte 2018 and Bloomsbury 2020).
Harold Offeh, ‘Down At The Twilight Zone’, 2018
Down at the Twilight Zone was a twelve-hour performance that looked at the rich histories of LGBTQ2S peoples’ experiences of Toronto’s nightlife. It was developed for Dream Time: We All Have Stories which was curated by Karen Alexander for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018. This new film documents the performance, and at Kettle’s Yard it is shown amongst posters that were pasted onto the walls of the venue in Toronto.
Featuring performance, music, dance, videos, readings and interviews, and taking its cue from one of Toronto’s many nightclubs, Offeh’s project was a collaboration between artist, audience and ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ archives, and was a celebration of Toronto’s Queer nightlife. Part archive of Queer histories, part performance, the project aimed to encompass and go beyond club culture to celebrate and explore Toronto’s broader Queer nightlife from the 1950s to the present day.
Artists and performers included: Ill NANA: DiversCity Dance Company, Keith McCrady, Akia Munga, Carol Thames, Nik Red, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, Carolina Brown, Love Saves the Day: Jamie Sin & Kevin Ritchie, Dino & Terry, The Assoon Brothers, Sisters of JOY, Queers in Your Ears: Jeffrey Canton & Rico Rodrigues, Olivia Nuamah and Queerstory.
Performative Tour of the Kettle’s Yard House with Harold Offeh
In this video UNTITLED artist Harold Offeh visits the Kettle’s Yard House, where he explores sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska through the use of body and gesture.
Camera: Ryd Cook and Mariana Vaz
Editor: Mariana Vaz
Introducing Harold Offeh
Learn more about UNTITLED artist Harold Offeh and his work in the exhibition.
Introducing Cedar Lewisohn
Learn more about UNTITLED artist Cedar Lewisohn and his work in the exhibition.