Gathering Storm by David Blandy

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Join artist David Blandy to explore the impacts of colonial food production through his new collaborative world-building game, Gathering Storm.

For the past few years, David has been experimenting with the form of group world-building; using voice, writing and drawing to imagine new worlds and societal systems collaboratively.

For this session we will explore collective world-building, using table top role-play techniques to think about how we can use these forms to expand ideas around society and history.

In Gathering Storm, the game guides the players through adding elements to a map, imagining a postcolonial sci-fi world and then creating a set of characters to inhabit this space, using a streamlined card-based system. Through a series of prompts, players come to terms with hidden histories and present injustices.

Gathering Storm is a participatory event which involves complex themes, narratives and storytelling. No previous experience of tabletop gaming is necessary to play.

Gathering Storm was developed at Delfina Foundation's Politics of Food programme in association with Gaia Art Foundation in 2022.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is two hours. Seating is available.


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Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

David Blandy (1976, UK, Lives & works in Brighton) makes work that slips between performance and video, digital and analogue, investigating the stories and cultural forces that inform and influence our lives. Collaboration is central to his practice, examining communal and personal heritage and interdependence. With research spanning multiple forms of archive, from fandoms to the archive of the body, historic texts to academic libraries, archaeology and ecological theory, twitch streams and film archives, Blandy weaves poetic works that explore the complexities of the contemporary subject.

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