keith obadike: the uli suite



the uli suite is a sound art work for cd and installation.the cd is available from

uli is a classical painting style and design system from the igbo people of nigeria.traditionally, as practiced by mgbadunwa okanumee, uli has been used to decorate the body or architecture. since the 1960s, however, academic artists such as uche okeke, obiora udechukwu and olu oguibe also have incorporated uli designs in their contemporary works on canvas and paper.

the uli suite iis an attempt to aurally render the lyrical lines (eke-the sacred python) or stippled dots (ntupo) of uli, while simultaneously articulating a sense of an architectural space that has been treated with uli designs. the source sounds/pigments for this project were "favorite everyday sounds" submitted by participants in the e-2A project. with certain submissions, the sound of the participant saying her name was also used as a source sound/pigment. an excerpt ffrom this project can be heard at at the danish artnode foundation/ the danish film institute website ( in the sonik area. low resolution mp3's of the work can be heard at the m.i.t./race and digital space website <>.