Episode 03

Mendi + Keith Obadike

In this week’s episode, I had the opportunity to interview sound artists Mendi and Keith Obadike. Mendi and Keith Obadike began experimenting with conventional music, but naturally expanded their endeavors. As conceptual and sound artists, their projects seek to go beyond any and all expectations of sound, music and genre in order to sonically create and recreate fantastical, historical, and contemporary interactions within the black experience. Keith is an Associate Professor in the college of arts and communications at William Patterson University. Currently serves as a key art advisor for the Times Square Alliance. Mendi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute and she is also  a poetry editor for Fence Magazine. Their works include Big House/Disclosure, Four Electric Ghosts, Numbers Station series, Sour Thunder, and Phonotype. They are frequently called upon to creatively conceive and construct sonic and visual productions based on archival collections. They are recipients of the Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, to name a few. You can find additional biographical information, view their past and current projects, books, and other media at their website: http://www.obadike.com/

To view excerpts of selected projects, click Numbers Station 1, Numbers Station 2, Numbers Station 3, Four Electric Ghosts, and Sonic Migration: Morning Comes

Their books are available for purchase at http://www.journal1913.org/publications/mendikeith-obadike/

They encourage listeners to invite them to their own local art shows and institutions. Also, If you would like to contact them, you can do so via email at mendiandkeith@gmail.com

Or contact them them on social media!



Interested in the sound artists, companies and projects mentioned in the show? Check out these links!


Works in Development:

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Residency at the Crossroads

Artists They Recommending:

Sondra Perry


Tomashi Jackson

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