ARTIST OF THE WEEK - Dr Olu Taiwo

20 - 26 July 2020
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ARTIST OF THE WEEK - Dr Olu Taiwo

Shining a spotlight on artists

Each week, through a series of short films, we will profile one of the amazing artists who either live locally or has worked with Wiltshire Creative.

Our next artist of the week is Dr Olu Taiwo who teaches in Acting, immersive and digital performance as well as physical theatre at the University of Winchester. He has a background in Fine Art, Street Dance, African percussion, physical theatre, martial arts, T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Animal spirit movement. Olu has performed in national and international contexts pioneering concepts surrounding practice as research. This includes how practice can explore the relationships between ‘effort’, ‘performance’ and ‘performative actions’. Consequently, his aim is to propagate issues concerning the interaction between the body, identity, audience, street and technology in the digital age. His interests include: Visual design, Movement, Theatre, Street Arts, New technology, Trans-cultural studies, Geometry, and Philosophy. He is currently finishing a Spoken word tour with double Grammy award winning percussionist Lekan Babalola and his Jazz ensemble. He is currently Director of Transcultural studied as part of the newly created institute of the Making of the Actor based in Athens. His publications range from, The Return Beat in Wood (Ed.): The Virtual Embodied. Routledge. Music, Art and Movement among the Yoruba: in Harvey (Ed.): Indigenous Religions Cassell (2000), to Art as Eudaimonia: Embodied identities and the Return beat in Susan Broadhurst and Josephine Machon (ed.), Identity, performance and technology: practices of empowerment, embodiment and technicity. Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

 

Wednesday 22 July from 10am
RETROSPECTIVE
Click on the link below at 10am on 22  July to see Olu in discussion with Louise Dancy about the range of work that he has presented at Wiltshire Creative over the years and how it has impacted him.

Part 1 Retrospective and Creative Inspiration  

Part 2 Moving Gravity Presented at Salisbury Art Centre as part of Virtual Worlds, 2014

Part 3 Pioneers of the Sky Presented at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield 

Part 4 Yoruba Sonnets Presented at Salisbury Arts Centre, 2019 

Part 5 Unnecessary Distraction a curtain raiser for performance of Yoruba Sonnets at Salisbury Arts Centre, 2019 

 

 

Friday 24 July from 10am
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?

Olu Taiwo collaborated with local members of the community: Everton Mcleod, Patricia Heath, Oni Taiwo and Fraser Adams to share thoughts, feelings and experiences to generate a personal response to the provocation ‘How do you feel about technology?’. Designed and created remotely within the last month interacting with the technology available, together they have produced an Interactive experience using Prezi.  Dr. Taiwo begins by introducing the piece and the group. Navigate by clicking through the presentation to explore the response pieces from 10am on Friday 24 July.

You may find it is easier to view the interactive film below via a desktop computer.

Olu Taiwo Prezi
 

ACCESS:  Click here to read the accompanying transcript