Distorted Constellations by Nwando Ebizie
Distorted Constellations by Nwando Ebizie

Distorted Constellations | 4-19 May

Nwando Ebizie

May 4-19, 12-7pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ

Brighton Festival 2019

Enter an Afrofuturist, mythical landscape that explores what it’s like to see the world through someone else’s eyes.

Presented in partnership with Brighton Festival, Distorted Constellations is an exhibition that uses sound, projections and holograms to immerse the audience in the imagined landscape of the artist’s brain.

The work is inspired by Ebizie’s rare neurological disorder Visual Snow, which causes visual distortions such as flickering dots, auras and glowing lines. The audience will experience a mythical version of the disorder, entering an alternate Afrofuturist (a black perspective on the politics and culture of science fiction and technology) reality, inspired by research into the neuroscience of perception and drawing on rituals of African origin.

In the exhibition, partitions, screens and threads will create a labyrinth through the space, with walls doubling up as screens where holograms and videos are projected. These architectural elements will guide the audience through the space, and create the experience of Visual Snow.

Distorted Constellations​ is an interdisciplinary exhibition that combines art and science, and aims to increase our understanding of rare neurological disorders and the subjective nature of sense perception.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances and public science experiments – dates will be announced soon.

Date: May 4-19 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Time: 12-7pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, BN1 4AJ
The exhibition is free


Nwando Ebizie is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance. Carving out her own particular strand of Afrofuturism, she combines research into the neuroscience of perception (inspired by her own neurodiversity) and an obsession with science fiction with a ritualistic live art practice.

She has curated happenings for Wellcome Collection and released records supported by Gilles Peterson. She has performed in Tokyo (Bonobo), Rio de Janeiro (Tempo Festival), Berlin (Chalet), Latvia (Baltais Fligelis Concert Hall) and Zurich (Blok), as well as across the UK from Home MCR to Barbican to Southbank Centre. Her most recent project, her first solo exhibition, took the form of a ritual immersive tech landscape and was presented as part of Home MCR’s Push festival at Caustic Coastal.

Distorted Constellations is co-presented by Lighthouse and Brighton Festival, with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Distorted Constellations was originally commissioned by Eclipse and HOME as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World. Funded by Wellcome Trust and Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists with funding support from Arts Council England.



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