DCASE Studio Artist and Curatorial Residency by Adebukola Bodunrin

I'm excited to announce that I'll be an artist in residence for the inaugural year of Chicago Cultural's Center's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) residency program.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and The Joyce Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the 2014-2015 DCASE Studio Artist and Curatorial Residency Awards. Following a competitive review of over 200 qualified applicants, a panel of esteemed jurors selected six Studio Artists in Residence and two Curatorial Fellows. Each recipient will be awarded a stipend to develop their proposed creative project and engage with the public. Additionally, the Artists in Residence will be provided with three months of studio space, either private or public, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, where they will engage visitors in public programs and talks to be announced. These awards are provided through a generous grant of $50,000 from The Joyce Foundation to support underrepresented artists and curators who demonstrate a strong level of commitment to diversity and community and whose work shows promise or is on the brink of advancement.

Full press release                                                                              Newcity Art article

International Artist Initiated at David Dale Gallery by Adebukola Bodunrin

VAN Lagos graciously asked me to create a video on the theme of an owmabe, a Nigerian colloquial term for a street party, to be part of the International Artist Initiated exhibition at the David Dale Gallery in Glasgow.

International Artist Initiated is a programme of exhibitions and events devised by David Dale Gallery to coincide with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Developed over the past year, the project is intended to act as a catalyst for discussion and collaboration between artist initiated projects internationally. The structure of the project is designed to be malleable and open source, in that it can be taken and applied elsewhere with different organisations – not that there is anything particularly ground breaking about the idea, but sometimes simple ideas are the most effective – lets gather a diverse collection of people with similar interests and see what we can create

The other amazing artists included in the show with me are Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Oyindamola Fakeye, Jude Anogwih, and Emeka Ogboh.

For the show I created an animation titled Gather + Listen that focused on the subtle, unconscious rhythms that happen naturally at an owambe. As people come together in joy, their hearts begin to beat at the same rhythm, as if united in happiness.

Installation View

Installation View

Below are more images of the beautiful gallery space and the space set up.

MCA First Fridays: Apocalypse by Adebukola Bodunrin

I brought a pared down version of "Until One Day" to the Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago for its apocalypse themed first Friday. I had museum-goers add their own spin and take on to a 17 frame animation where the earth gets "stretched" apart.  The results were amazing!


The Nightingale Cinema also included the The "Ooli Moves" as part of its "Rough & Ready" program at the MCA. My animation was included in the "Micro" portion.

This program deals in the diminutive. If Hollywood blockbusters are at home on the big screen, the Nightingale proudly belongs to the world of small screen. From the folding chairs in our tiny community theater, patrons bravely transverse cinematic landscapes where even art-house theaters fear to tread. This week’s program literally puts the micro in microcinema, focusing on all the little things. From tiny turtles enjoying encased meat products to tiny animation cycles building to chaotic crescendos—from the confines of claustrophobic spaces to the constraint of claustrophobic communities—from microscopic budgets to the politics of microprocessors.