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ECHOES / COLLATERAL ECHOES

Baff Akoto, Lidz-Ama Appiah, Luke W Moody / United Kingdom, Ireland / 2023 

COLLATERAL ECHOES is a new VR installation. It is concerned with the 150+ Black Britons who have died at the hands of the police since records began in 1969. Through sensorial renderings of archival images, artefacts and oral testimonies from those bereaved this work questions how personal commemoration might be experienced as a collective monument.

The audience will experience this artwork as a Virtual Reality experience with digitally rendered environments, 2D archival video with immersive sound design. The art aims to create living breathing portraits of people who have been killed after coming into contact with law enforcement.The depiction of these absent subjects is the result of conversations with the families and friends left behind to cope with the consequences of such tragic events. Archival images, artefacts and oral testimonies provided by the surviving families will take an audience beyond the statistics, inquests, and miscarriages of justice, to build a human, poignant and esoteric commemoration. It is an exploration of recurring themes around mental health, the immigrant experience and racial injustice that are a constant presence throughout the recollections in this work.

Baff Akoto

Artist

Biography:

Baff Akoto’s work embraces the fluidity of visual grammar, notions of plurality and (self) perception. Most recently Akoto explores the artistic potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality to interrogate how the digital revolution might avoid the same prejudices, exclusions and inequalities which arose from our industrial and colonial eras. Akoto is shortlisted for the 2022 Aesthetica Art Prize for his work LEAVE THE EDGES. He is part of the 2022 cohorts for both The London Open triennial at Whitechapel Gallery and the 13th Bamako Biennial of African Photography. In 2021 he was a resident of the Guest Projects Digital programme delivered by the Yinka Shonibare Foundation.

Lidz-Ama Appiah

Producer

Biography:

With narrative and production talents honed over twenty years at WarnerMedia and NBC Universal working in news and documentary production, L-A Appiah now develops and produces artist film, feature film and XR experiences through the digital studio Recurring Dreams. Key producing credits include the VR series Virtual (Black) Reality (Google/Youtube/Tribeca Film Institute), and the moving image art work LEAVE THE EDGES both from artist Baff Akoto. 2022 sees the theatrical release of feature film QUEEN OF GLORY (from debut director Nana Mensah) executive produced by L-A Appiah.

Luke W Moody

Producer

Biography:

Luke W Moody is a creative producer and curator most recently working with artists to develop new moving image work through his company LONO Studio. From 2017-2019 he was Director of Film Programming at the world-leading non-fiction film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest, curating the 200 title film programme (both short and long-form documentaries) and producing live events. Previously he was Head of Film at Doc Society, co-commissioning long-form documentary cinema across six international film funds from development to completion. He also co-founded and curated new cinema festival FRAMES of REPRESENTATION at ICA, London and online curation platform Something Real.