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Vibrant Cities presents Ekene Ijeoma
Thu, April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Vibrant Cities is a multi-year initiative that aims to provide a platform for faculty, students, and the public to engage in meaningful conversation, where art and design meets social culture. Vibrant Cities engages with the arts, nature, and people--caring for and designing systems that ensure the long-term health and durability for all living on Earth. Vibrant Cities illustrates how human systems would benefit more from creative leadership. In partnership with others in our cities and communities, the Vibrant Cities initiative seeks to make the invisible visible, so that, together, our imagination and talents can make positive change.
Ekene Ijeoma is a socially-focused artist and designer, NYFA Fellow in Design/Architecture and New Lab/Simons Foundation Fellow. He works with data to translate overlooked facts into informed feelings through poetic yet pragmatic, websites, apps, installations, and performances.
He’s been featured on the cover of GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community", named Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you" and also GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues." His projects Look Up and Wage Islands were named finalists in Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards and The Refugee Project a finalist in Design Museum's 2015 Design of the Year Awards.
Ekene's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Annenberg Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Istanbul Design Biennial and Design Museum.
He has presented at events and spaces including Design Indaba, Neuberger Museum of Art, Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, New Museum Ideas City, Chicago Architecture Biennial and International Center for Photography.
His work has been featured in books and magazines including MoMA’s ‘Design and Violence’, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Wired, Fast Company, Hyperallergic, Artsy, Designboom, Domus, Architects Newspaper, Next City, Corriere della Sera and Le Monde.
Ekene has a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. He has been a lecturer at The New School, guest lecturer at Columbia, New York University, University of San Francisco, The New School and School of Visual Arts (SVA), guest critic at Yale and SVA, visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University and School for Poetic Computation and an artist in residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel. A Nigerian-American, he was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lives and works in New York City.
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Event begins at 7 PM