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Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike – "Numbers Station 2 [Red Record]"

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box 101 (enter through Campus Drive), 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to all

Contact: Block Museum of Art   (847) 491-4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Category: Academic


In this piece, artists Mendi + Keith Obadike sonify data from Ida B. Wells' 1895 publication, The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States, with chants and sounds generated from the dates of lynching contained in Wells' text. This is the second work in Mendi + Keith Obadike's Number Series (2015–present), a series of performances and sound installations that use numerical databases of violence (police harassment, lynching statistics, and slave ship manifests) to generate sonic information.

This performance will be preceded by a One Book One Northwestern gallery talk at the neighboring Block Museum of Art. Guests are welcome to join us for one or both programs; registration required.

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