We hosted Larry Achiampong in conversation with Wumi Olaosebikan for a one-off listening party of the next videogame_mixtape_. The videogame_mixtape_ is an ongoing audio-based, research-driven project by artist Larry Achiampong. Created with the purpose of exploring the heritage and evolution of music and audio in gaming, this endeavour opens up Achiampong’s interest in this cultural phenomenon through gestures of play and sharing.
Achiampong says of the work “I’m... approaching this research in a way that doesn’t require anyone to have knowledge on the history of gaming – the mixes will be designed for people to enjoy as if they were listening to any other mixtape. With that in mind there will be a range of vibes to explore – from the cinematic, to popular cuts and hidden gems to the downright quirky.”
Larry Achiampong’s (b. 1984, London) solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Drawing on his Ghanaian roots, his works examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between the postcolonial position and pop culture. As part of the Liverpool Biennial 2021, his series Pan African Flags For the Relic Travellers’ Alliance forms part of Relic Traveller will be displayed across ten sites within the city centre from the 20 March.
The videogame_mixtape_ project is supported by Heart of Glass, you can find out more about Larry’s long-term work with communities in Liverpool on their website: heartofglass.org.uk/about/collaborators/larry-achiampong