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June 7 - Mendi and Keith conduct a seminar on new media art at NYU (Faculty Resource Network).

The Mystery Plays opens at 2nd Stage Theater in New York.


May 3 -The Mystery Plays opens at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven,CT.




Mendi + Keith's work Blackness for Sale will be exhibited at Pace University's digital art gallery.



Keith is composing music and creating a sound score for the premier of The Mystery Plays at the Yale Repertory Theater and 2nd Stage Theater in New York. The Mystery Plays were written by Marvel Comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four, Spiderman 2).



Mendi and Keith are interviewed in Readme NYU's net culture magazine.

Mendi is interviewed in Orientation Magazine.



Thursday Jan. 29 - Mendi is giving a lecture in the Art Department at the University of California at San Diego.

Saturday Jan. 31-Mendi is also presenting the DVD sound piece The Pink of Stealth at The Powering Up Powering Down conference at UCSD. Other participants include Pauline Oliveros, George Lewis, Pamela Z, Leah Gilliam, Maryanne Amacher, Nao Bustamante and Miya Masaoka.

Keith is composing original music and a sound score for Martin McDonagh play Lonesome West at the Yale Repretory Theater. The show is directed by Brendan Hughes and will open on Feb. 3rd.





Mendi + Keith's piece My Hands/ Wishful Thinking is exhibited in the exhibition ONLY SKIN DEEP: CHANGING VISIONS OF THE AMERICAN SELF (curated by Coco Fusco) at the International Center for Photography. Dec. 12th - Feb 29th.

Iona Rozeal Brown is painting the cover image for Mendi's book Armor and Felsh (Lotus Press). Iona's work can be seen a the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta in her solo exhibition (Jan 22nd- May 14th).


Mendi + Keith have created 5.1 surround sound work and internet piece entitled The Pink of Stealth. This project was commisioned by the New York African Film Festival and Electronic Arts Intermix. It is being exhibited as apart of the Digital Africa exhibition.

There will be an artistsí talk introduced by Okwui Enwezor on Saturday, November 15 at 2pm at Electronic Arts Intermix :: 535 West 22nd St., NYC


Keith has composed music and a sound score for Anna Deavere Smith's remix of her play Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. It opens this month at the Lincoln Center Institute. This piece will also be touring public schools and colleges throughout New York City.


Mendi + Keith are the "Featured Artists" in the October issue of MIT's Leonardo Electronic Almanac. This is a special issue on technology and difference edited by Irina Aristarkhova



M+K have been invited to create a guest list for low-fi locator. This list consist of a series of links based on research for their latest project: *Black Skin, White Gloves* []


M+K will be featured as guest artists on the empyre media arts listserv during the month of July. []

M+K's work will be featured in the following upcoming books: Retail by Artists (Art Metropole), Sound Unbound: Writings on Contemporary Multi-media and Music Culture (Routledge), and Internet Art (Thames and Hudson)

M+K's net.opera *The Sour Thunder* was broadcast from Juniradio 104.1 in Berlin and streaming online today. []

Mendi's net art piece "keeping up appearances, a hypertextimonial" was featured in the latest issue of HOW2 []and in the show "Subrational eRuptions", curated by Ryan Griffis at Turbulence []

Keith is the sound designer and composer for the following shows in the month of July: *Twilight Los Angeles 1992* by Anna Deveare Smith (directed by Liz Diamond) at the Lincoln Center Institute (New York); and *livin tired* by Marcus Gardley (directed by Emily Lou Wilbur) and *The Home* by Jami O'Brien (directed by Brendan Hughes) at the Yale Cabaret (New Haven).


Mendi's poetry is featured in two journals coming out this summer. "Video Krishna (to Sutapa Biswas)" will appear in Black Renaissance and "Destinations" and "A Free Thing (on Toi Derricotte, doing)" will appear in Sou'wester. Her poem Clink in featured in the online journal Hooked.


Mendi has recently accepted a joint appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the departments of English and African-American Studies at Wesleyan University.

April 11

Mendi + Keith speak at the African Film Festival's "Digital Africa" at the Museum of African Art in New York.

April 3-5

Keith's original music can be heard in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (Directed by Gia Forakis) which opens at Yale's New Theater in New Haven,CT .

March 1

Mendi + Keith participate in a symposium on Art in the African Diaspora at Smith College with Okwui Enwezor and John Peffer.

October 26

Studio Museum in Harlem this Saturday, October 26 at 7pm

Mendi reads poetry with Harryette Mullen and Greg Pardlo in response to the current exhibit of Gary Simmons' work.

144 W. 125th St., Harlem, NY

Yale School of Drama

Keith does sound design for Alcestis by Euripides. With elements from Chinese opera. Directed by Alec Tok

University Theatre (220 York Street)
1st Preview: Saturday, October 26, 2002 & Monday, October 28, 2002
Performances: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - Saturday, November 2, 2002
(11/2/02 only has a matinee; all other performances are in the evening.)

October 1

Mendi reads at A Taste of Art gallery as part of a poetry reading series curated by Christopher Stackhouse. 147 Duane Street (between Church and West Broadway) New York, NY 10013 Click here for directions.

August 1 features the Whitney Artport gate page with Interaction of Coloreds as the website of the week.

August 1

K+M's Interaction of Coloreds is the featured project at The Whitney Museum's Artport.

June 19-29


A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at the Yale Cabaret with original music by Keith.†


Mendi receives an award from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art for a performance to take place in 2003. She is also awarded the Gender and Race Award at Duke University for research on African-American women sound artists.†

March 23

K+M give a public reading/performance (with scent and sound) from The Sour Thunder at The Studio Museum in Harlem. This reading is conjunction with the exhibitions Race and Digital Space and Pedestrian. For more information contact or call 212.864.4500.†

March 11

K+M give a public and classroom lecture on the internet as an art making space at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Hosted by Mark Tribe , the Center for Technology in the Arts and Humanities, and Williams College Art Dept.


Feb 28-Mar 2

K+M's opera The Sour Thunder opens at the Yale Cabaret.


January 27

Race in Digital Space exhibit opens at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Keith and Mendi's "My Hands/Wishful Thinking" and Keith's "Automatic" and "Uli Suite" are in the show.

January 24-26

Macbeth, directed by Susan Finque with original music and sound design by Keith, is playing at the New Theater at Yale. 1156 Chapel St., New Haven.



Keith designs sound and composes music for the Yale School of Drama production of Macbeth.

November 19

Mendi's net piece, Just Checking In (Nine Eleven Diptych), goes up at

November 7

Mendi presents her research to a group of undergraduates preparing for graduate school at Queens College. This was part of the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellows Works-in-Progress series organized by Ferentz Lafargue.

October 19

Mendi presents a paper entitled "Voice as Presence: Sonic Figures in The Gilda Stories and Song of Solomon" as a participant in the panel "Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and Agency" at the American Women Writers of Color Conference, Salisbury University. Other panel participants include Candice Jenkins, Evie Shockley, and Rebecca Wanzo. Salisbury, MD.

October 13

Keith+Mendi present at the Tech_2 seminar "black presence in . . ." at Leeds Central Library. Other participants include Faisal Abdu'Allah and Roshimi Kempadoo. Leeds, England.

October 5

Mendi talks on preparing for graduate school at the United Negro College Fund Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Mentors' meeting. Nashville, TN.


Sept 29

Mendi reads and discusses what it means to define herself as a poet, media artist, and cultural critic in the New Authors' Reading Forum at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Cambridge, MA.

Sept 24

Coco Fusco interviews Keith about Blackness for Sale. See the interview at To find the article, click on Review, then "All Too Real".

Sept 21

Mendi's keeping up appearances, a hypertextimonial, goes up at This piece should be viewed through Internet Explorer.

Sept 04

Mendi is teaching English at Southern Connecticut State University and writing her dissertation. Keith is studying Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama.


Aug 22

Blackness for Sale is on Artthrob .

Blackness for Sale is featured in a poll at The poll receives over 18,000 votes.

Aug 21

Mendi + Keith give lecture at Paine College on culture work/cultural criticism.

Blackness for Sale is featured on

Aug 17

Keith is interviewed on the Doug and Lorna Show on WHUR Washington, DC.

Aug 16

Keith is interviewed on Behind the News WBAI New York.

Blackness for Sale featured in The Star (Chicago newspaper)

Aug 12

eBay closes the Blackness for Sale auction due to the "inappropriateness" of the item.

Aug 8

Keith launches Blackness for Sale on eBay.


July 29

Keith announces upcoming project Blackness for Sale at Brunch at 4B.

Race in Digital Space closes in Cambridge,Mass.


June 25-July 1

Mendi attends Cave Canem poetry retreat/workshop as a fellow. Cranbrook Academy, Michigan.

June 6-9

Mendi gives a talk on black aurality at the SSRC-Mellon Minority graduate student conference at Duke University. Mendi is a member of the planning committee.


May 7

Mendi reads in New York at the 14 street YM-YWHA with Cave Canem Poets to celebrate the publication of Cave Canem's 5th Year Anthology. 7pm.

May 4

Keith's digital photos from the Black Skin White/Gloves project are exhibited at the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery.

May 3

The Double Take Documentary Film Festival opens.


April 30

Carlene Hempel interviews Keith + Mendi in The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) about their net art.

April 27

Keith + Mendi have a collaborative net art piece: "my hands/wishful thinking" exhibited at the MIT/List Visual Art Center as a part of the Race and Digital Space conference. This can be seen at Mp3s of Keith's audio pieces Uli Suite and Automatic can be downloaded from the exhibition website.

April 19

Keith+ Mendi give a talk at the Mary Lou Williams Center at Duke University Keith + Mendi perform Black Skin White Gloves at the Blue Roach Poetry Series, Duke University--Durham, NC

April 14

Mendi gives a talk entitled "Hear My Train Acomin: An Acoustemology of Blackness in Space" at the Popular Culture Association conference. Philadelphia, PA. Other panel participants include Duriel Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson.


March 24, 25

Mendi reads at the Virginia Festival of the Book --Charlottesville, VA True Grits Reading with Cave Canem, March 24, UVA Bookstore, 4pm Reading with Carolina African American Writers Collective, March 25 , UVA Bookstore, 2-3:30pm.

March 31

United Nations Poetry Reading Series--Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry Center for Documentary Studies--Durham, NC. Keith is recording the event. Mendi is the Durham Organizer.


Mendi is teaching a course entitled "True Stories" as a Teaching Assistant to Prof. Jane Gaines at Duke University. Keith juries the Double Take Documentary Film Festival.

January 1

Keith's audio triptych "Sexmachines" is exhibited with Audiophfile 6.0

Mendi is interviewed by Rodrigo Dorfman in the Spectator (a Raleigh, NC weekly magazine) about the work of Amiri Baraka.

Keith + Mendi meet British artists Sonia Boyce and David Bailey at a dinner for Amiri Baraka.

January 20

Collective Jukebox begins to tour France in Marseilles. "Automatic" and excerpts from Keith + Mendi's opera "The Sour Thunder" are traveling with this exhibition.



December 1

To Conserve a Legacy closes in North Carolina.


Keith contributes sounds to Audio Art Generator, an online sound art competition in Linz.


The symposium Conserving a Legacy Visualizing a Future takes place at NCCU.

Keith + Mendi meet Renee Cox, Barkley Hendricks, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, and Valerie Cassel.

Oct. 15

To Conserve A Legacy opens at North Carolina Central University's Art Museum, Duke University Museum of Art, and the Center for Documentary Studies.


Sept 27

Keith's Untitled (The Interesting Narrative) a tape and slide installation is at the NCCU Fine Arts Building.


Mendi teaches "Music as a Social Practice" as a Teaching Assistant to Prof. Michael Chanan at Duke University.


July 14-16

Keith's Automatic is installed outdoors on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, NC as a part of the Transmissions Festival.


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