Previously at the ICA - Films
8 Apr 2011
Artist Film Club features the public premiere of David Blandy's latest work Child of the Atom. Inspired by his grandfather's belief that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima saved his life when he was a POW held by the Japanese, Child of the Atom revolves around footage of Blandy and his daughter visiting Hiroshima for the first time together. Attempting to literally and symbolically come to terms with their personal connection to the bombing of the city, Blandy intersperses scenes of modern Hiroshima with flashback sequences of apocalyptic anime, featuring the film's eponymous character who must decide if he is hero or villain.
Throughout his practice, David Blandy undertakes investigations into the cultural forces that construct his identity, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga.
After the screening David Blandy will discuss making the work, memory, and family legends in relation to historical traumas, with collaborating Manga artist and Japanese expat Inko and Anne Piper, a novelist and playwright, who has been actively protesting against nuclear weapons for over 50 years in addition to being Blandy’s grandmother.
“I hope that the terrible devastation in Japan now may help the unimaginative politicians to understand the effects of firing even one Trident missile to make our own earthquakes plus poisonous cloud."
– Anne Piper