Heartfelt created by Ekene Ijeoma
Ekene Ijeoma is an interdisciplinary artist and designer exploring the intersections of social issues, data studies and life experiences. He creates websites, apps, installations, and performances which expand people’s thoughts and engage them in imagining change.
His work has been commissioned by Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture and Google Creative Lab. He’s been awarded fellowships and residencies at NYFA (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design), Kennedy Center (Citizen Artist), New Lab/Simons Foundation (Science Sandbox), Urban Design Forum (Forefront), California College of the Arts (Vibrant Cities), New Museum (Ideas City) and Fabrica.
His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Design Museum (London), Istanbul Design Biennial, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Ekene has presented at events and spaces including Design Indaba, Neuberger Museum of Art, Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, New Museum Ideas City, Chicago Architecture Biennial and International Center for Photography.
He has been featured on the cover of GDUSA’s People to Watch “who embody the spirit of the creative community”, named Adweek’s Creative 100 “visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you” and also GOOD’s GOOD 100 “tackling pressing global issues.” His work has also been featured in MoMA, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, Internazionale, Vice, Fusion, WIRED, Fast Company, Dezeen, Designboom, Domus, Hyperallergic and Artsy. He’s appeared on TV and radio shows including Fox 4 News, W Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Radio.
Ekene has a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. He has been a lecturer at The New School, guest lecturer at Columbia, New York University, University of San Francisco, The New School and School of Visual Arts (SVA), guest critic at Yale and SVA, and visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University and School for Poetic Computation. He was recently nominated and appointed as Mitchell Visiting Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects (AIADO) at the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Heartfelt is a participatory interactive installation which engages participants in holding hands and letting electricity flow through them to turn on lights and play sounds. It uses participants bodies as conductors to close the circuit of socio-political polarization, creating a shared experience of solitary and interconnectivity.