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 interdisciplinary artist and designer. He works with data to translate overlooked facts into informed feelings through websites, apps, installations, and performances.
He is a NYFA Fellow in Architecture, Urban Structures and Design and NEW INC member. He was featured on the cover of GDUSA’s ‘People to Watch’, ‘who embody the spirit of the creative community’, in Adweek's ‘Creative 100’ as one of 10 ‘visual artists whose imagination and intellect will inspire you’ and GOOD’s ‘GOOD 100’ for ‘tackling pressing global issues’. He’s also been nominated for Design Museum's ‘Designs of the Year’ award.
His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Annenberg Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Vignelli Center, and Salone Del Mobile. He has presented at events and spaces including New Museum Ideas City, Chicago Architecture Biennial, International Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum. Ekene’s 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 RIT and an MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. He has been a lecturer at The New School, NYU and critic at Yale and SVA, visiting artist at VCU and School for Poetic Computation and an artist in residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lives and works in NYC.
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Event begins at 7 PM