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"Divination" is an experimental performance film that draws its inspiration from Ifa divination; the Yoruba divination system with a rich ancient dataset of knowledge, language, art and ritual manifestations.

  • Qudus Onikeku
  • Fernando Velázquez
  • Olatunde Obajeun
    Sound Score
  • Qudus Onikeku
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Afropolis
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Qudus Onikeku

Qudus Onikeku is a movement artiste who has over the decade, established himself as one of the preeminent multitalented artistes, working today with different media: performance, film, research, installation, curating and community organizing. He is the artistic director of Nigeria's preeminent creative organization, The People Center Lagos, which operates as a creative incubator that applies artistic competence, human resources, innovation and creativity, as capacities for human centered content development.

Qudus’ international artistic practice intersects between his interest in visceral body movements, kinesthetic memory, disruptive practices and finding new vocabularies for performances that aren’t centralizing Eurocentric approaches, embracing an artistic vision and a futurist practice that both respects and challenges Yoruba culture and contemporary art. He has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed work that ranges from solos to group works, as well as artiste-to-artist collaborations with visual artists or architects, musicians or writers, multimedia artistes or technologists.
Qudus Onikeku has participated in major exhibitions and festivals across 56 countries including Venice Biennale, Biennale de Lyon, Festival d’Avignon, Roma Europa, TED Global, Torino Danza, Kalamata Dance Festival, Dance Umbrella, Bates Dance Festival etc. His dance works is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada. He has been a visiting professor of dance at the University of California Davis and Columbia College Chicago.
Qudus is currently the first "Maker in Residence" at The Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship of the University of Florida - 2019-2022. His current research is in developing interactions with cutting edge technologies that uses artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to create new economic opportunity for creators of value, and in essence, lay a background for cutting-edge interactive systems to synthesize, gamify, preserve, remotely teach, freely share, collaborate and revolutionize dance and movement in the digital age, building a bridge between technology and Afro-Diasporic community, as well as dance and IP.

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