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Film Box Set: Obi Mbu (The Primordial House)

Film Box Set: Obi Mbu (The Primordial House)


Film Box Set (Edition of 5)


Our collector's edition USB box set signed and numbered by artists Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd in limited edition, with only five that will ever be produced. Due to their limited, archival, and signed nature, collector's editions accrue value over time, make a priceless addition to your collection, and are a valuable long-term investment. Mikael Owunna collector's edition pieces have been acquired by major museums, private collections, and institutions across the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Davidson College Van Every / Smith Galleries; Equal Justice Initiative; Duke University Pratt School of Engineering; and Middlebury College Museum of Art.


HD Video with sound on numbered, editioned, gunmetal black USB Flash drive. Accompanied by installation instructions, signed by film directors Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd, and a custom film box set 


30 minutes, 47 seconds


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Obi Mbu (The Primordial House) (2021) is a 30 minute experimental dance film that is centered in the Primordial House, located in the Sirius star system, from which creation emerges. Eke-Nnechukwu, the Igbo high god, and Chukwu, Her masculine counterpart, exist in perfect unity in and as the Blackness of space. Although They are dual aspects of the Primordial Androgynous deity, Chukwu sections off a part of space exclusively for Himself in the form of a sacred pillared chamber in the heart of the Primordial House. He engages in a secret work by dancing in and out of this chamber, which sets off a chain of irrevocable circumstances that lead to our current world and condition. 


Directors: Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd
Movement Director: Ursula Payne
Chukwu: Corey Bourbonniere
Eke-Nnechukwu: Victoria Watford
Sound Design: Herman Pearl / soy s0s
Movement Consultant: Marquita Sams
Production Assistant: Isabelle Analo


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Creative Process

In Obi Mbu (The Primordial House), Mikael Owunna and Marques Redd employ ultraviolet strobes, painted fluorescent backdrops, and carefully hand painted bodies of Black dancers, Corey Bourbonniere and Victoria Watford, that only glow under ultraviolet light.  When photographed and filmed in total darkness, the shutter snaps, and synchronized beams of ultraviolet light illuminate a glowing scene that reanimates this particular Igbo creation myth of the Odachi ka Odachi.


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