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Ekene Ijeoma on drawing and sculpting with data for Friedman Benda's 'Design in Dialogue'

On August 21, design in dialogue welcomed Brooklyn and Boston-based artist Ekene Ijeoma, whose creative practice lies at the intersection of life experience, data study, performance, and social efficacy. Through multiple fields of research, Ijeoma creates work ranging from apps and websites, to music performances and interactive installations by translating data into multimedia using computational design and conceptual art strategies. Ekene recently became an assistant professor at MIT’s Media Lab and directs the Poetic Justice research group, a platform for critical thinkers and makers exploring new forms of justice through art. In his conversation with Stephen Burks, Ijeoma elaborated on his interest in developing new ways of seeing, and understanding social issues, through data.

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Ekene Ijeoma's Deconstructed Anthems

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Deconstructed Anthems at the Day for Night festival.

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Emmy-winning pianist Kris Bowers, Blue-note recording artist/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and Grammy-nominated bassist Burniss Earl Travis perform Deconstructed Anthems.

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Burniss Earl Travis

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Ambrose Akinmusire

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Deconstructed Anthems is an ongoing series of music performances and light installations in which a self-playing piano and music ensemble deconstruct the Star-Spangled Banner, repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration, and ending in silence. 

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