*Mendi+Keith at The Neuberger Thursday*

Posted by Mendi+Keith Obadike | Tue Oct 12th 2004 4:02 a.m.

Mendi+Keith Obadike will perform a reading of their Internet opera, The
Sour Thunder, at The Neuberger museum of SUNY Purchase, Thursday
October 14 at 7:30. Admission is free. For information, call (914)
251-6100. This performance is presented in conjunction with the
Neuberger's *New Media: Who* exhibition, where M+K's surround sound /
Internet work "The Pink of Stealth" is currently on display.


The Sour Thunder tells a double-sided story blending autobiography and
speculative fiction. In the fictional side of the story, a character
named Sesom travels from a world where scent is the primary means of
communication to a world where sound is the primary means of
communication. Her new relationships to scent radically change her
identity. In the autobiographical side of the story, a character named
Mendi travels from an English-speaking city (Atlanta) to a
Spanish-speaking city (Santiago, DR) and the new context for
communication changes her identity. Both threads of the story explore
the role of geography in identity and the idea of language as a
technology. The album will be released on Bridge Records later this

Mendi+Keith Obadike are interdisciplinary artists whose music, live
art, and conceptual Internet artworks have been exhibited
internationally. Their work generated much discussion online and
offline when they offered Keith's blackness for sale on eBay in 2001.
In 2002 Mendi+Keith premiered their Internet opera The Sour Thunder
which was the first new media work commissioned by the Yale Cabaret and
they launched The Interaction of Coloreds (commissioned by the Whitney
Museum of American Art). In 2003 they launched The Pink of Stealth, an
Internet/ DVD surround sound work commissioned by the New York African
Film Festival and Electronic Arts Intermix and The Sour Thunder was
broadcast internationally from 104.1 fm in Berlin. Most recently, Keith
was awarded a Connecticut Critics' Circle Award for his sound design
work at the Yale Repertory Theater and Mendi's new book Armor and Flesh
(Lotus Press) won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Their upcoming
projects include a new installation and album entitled TaRonda Who Wore
White Gloves, supported by a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, and an
Internet opera entitled Four Electric Ghosts, for Toni Morrison's
Atelier at Princeton University in 2005.


Mendi Lewis Obadike

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