Mendi + Keith Obadike will discuss recent art projects ranging from site specific installation to data sonification.
Mendi + Keith Obadike make art, music, and literature. They have exhibited and performed at The New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Their projects include a series of large-scale public sound art works: “Blues Speaker (for James Baldwin)” at The New School (commissioned by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics with Harlem Stage), “Free/Phase” at the Chicago Cultural Center and Rebuild Foundation, and “Compass Song” (commissioned by Times Square Arts). Their recent gallery exhibitions include Numbers Station [Furtive Movements] at RYAN LEE Gallery, and the group show Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. Their honors include a Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship, Pick Laudati Award for Digital Art, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.
Bios: Keith received a BA in Art from North Carolina Central University and an MFA in Sound Design from Yale University. He is an associate professor in the Communication Department at William Paterson University and a digital media editor at the journal Obsidian. Mendi received a BA in English from Spelman College and a PhD in Literature from Duke University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute and a poetry editor at Fence Magazine. They both serve as art advisors to the Times Square Alliance and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Sponsored by The Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project, TechWorks, the Cinema Department at Binghamton University, the Binghamton University English Department, and the BU Visual & Material Cultures TAE.