Nwando Ebizie is a multidisciplinary artist/curator whose work converges around performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance. Carving out her own particular strand of Afrofuturism, she combines research into the neuroscience of perception (inspired by her own neurodiversity) and an obsession with science fiction with a ritualistic live art practice.
What I’m working on:
I am interested in the way immersive technologies appear to mirror certain types of atypical perception – particularly the neurological disorder visual snow. People who experience visual snow could be said to be living with an augmented reality, so I think that the parallels have something to tell us about how we process visual information.
Drawing on my methodology, which incorporates Afro diasporic ritual and current theories on visual disorders, I am creating an immersive environment using projection, ambisonics and a progression through that environment geared towards behavioural change.
In addition I am interested in how immersive technology can be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for neurodiverse people, and whether this can be incorporated into an art environment.
Expertise and skills:
I am a multidisciplinary artist/curator with an international focus, and my work converges around performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance. For the last two years I have collaborated with neuroscientists to create immersive, ritual happenings, including a one-month festival at Guest Projects, Lates at the Wellcome Collection and the upcoming exhibition Distorted Constellations at Home/Caustic Coastal.
I have performed in Tokyo (Bonobo), Rio de Janeiro (Tempo Festival), Berlin (Chalet), Latvia (Baltais Fligelis Concert Hall) and Zurich (Blok), as well as across the UK from Home MCR to Barbican to Southbank Centre.