My name is Okwei Odili, I am a Nigerian musician with interest in multimedia/audiovisual. I am applying because of the potential of my project/ideas and the opportunity that your organization can offer my team and I, to achieve them. Before returning home to Nigeria in May of this year (2021), I lived as a migrant in Brazil for 5 years. I want to share my experiences/knowledge gained.
My debut album "Òsùmàrè" with my band Aweto which was released in April 2021 with support from Bahia State Government and Onassis Foundation in Greece, united 15 musicians from 2 continents. The outcome showed the benefits of exchange and collaboration, and how important they are even beyond the art field. Diversity to me is the core of humanity. People come from different and every part of the world and just as our faces are different so are our experiences, cultures and orientations. As humans, we share some similar experiences and interests. I believe that we do ourselves a great disservice when we do not accommodate others because of fear of misunderstanding. We will miss out on ideas, opportunities for dialogue and learning, and this in return, does not enable (personal or societal) growth and progress. In my time in Brazil, me and my band received musicians from at least 10 countries, and the experience deeply enhanced my character. One of the main areas of diversity I am very concerned with are toxic stereotypes.
I wish to propose the idea of an online radio which connects Brussels with Africa. As I am a global citizen and artist, my objective also includes us broadening this connection to connect people, artists and arts, organizations and projects from beyond these two continents. On this platform we shall interact, have discussions and panels, share support and opportunities for personal growth, have learning exchanges for different disciplines of art and sciences and host artistic and educational interventions. Radio Connect will also foster and encourage direct collaborations between African musicians and artists.
In Be-coming Tree events we encountered a lack of cross-generational media literacy, and participants in general having difficulties using accessible technologies (smartphones, Zoom) fluently enough to enable free flowing creativity. By encouraging use of accessible tech we aim to empower generations not born into a digitised world and enable intersectional artists to reach new audiences globally.
The pandemic challenges all artists,but especially performative arts.Their biggest challenges is the adaptation of classical theater/performance into online format and lack of interaction between audience members and performers.We want to explore usage of 3D gaming technology in live digital performance as a new form of expression with emphasis on online delivery and interaction with the audience.