Aug 10th 2019

Following a live performance of Ekene Ijeoma’s ‘Deconstructed Anthems’ the previous evening by pianist Alexis Lombre, the artist will discuss the work in the galleries of The Arts Club. Before and after the discussion the self-playing piano installation will be on view between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm.

‘Deconstructed Anthems’ is an ongoing series of music performances and installations in which a self-playing piano and/or musicians deconstruct “The Star-Spangled Banner,” repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration in The United States, and ending in silence. It makes its premiere in Chicago on August 9th at The Arts Club of Chicago.

At 1 pm on Saturday, August 10th, Ijeoma will discuss the work with Alexandria Eregbu of Envisioning Justice, an initiative of Illinois Humanities to “examine and reimagine criminal justice through a creative lens.” Envisioning Justice: The Exhibition, opens at the Sullivan Galleries on Tuesday, August 6th. | Information about the live performance | Information about Envisioning Justice

Ekene Ijeoma is an artist and founder and director of the Poetic Justice group at MIT Media Lab. He creates artworks at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy. His artworks embody social issues and expose the systems affecting us as individuals. He engages with topics and mediums ranging from a website visualizing racial inequality in the design industry to a music performance/sound-reactive light installation sonifying mass incarceration.

The galleries at The Arts Club of Chicago are wheelchair accessible. Please email if you have any questions about accessibility for the program.

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