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Block Universe x Know Wave – Performance Art & Transcendence
— Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) & Paul Maheke



Block Universe, London’s leading performance art festival is teaming up with the independent online radio – Know Wave – to delight your ears with a discussion on the mysterious links between performance and transcendence.

On this occasion, Louise O’Kelly, founder and curator of the festival, catch up with two artists from the 2019 edition Paul Maheke and Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) for a mystical exchange.

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For more information about Paul Maheke and Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi)’s performance for Block Universe 2019, click here.

Nkisi is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an electronic musician, producer, and artist. Her ongoing sonic research focuses on rhythm as ancestral technology and sound as multi-dimensional intelligence.

Paul Maheke lives and works in London,UK. After studying at ENSA Paris-Cergy, Paris and Open School East, London, Paul Maheke’s works and performances have been shown at Tate Modern, London, the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, Baltic Triennial 13, Tallinn, Manifesta 12, Palermo and Chisenhale Gallery, London, amongst others. With a focus on dance and through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound and video, Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity are formed and constituted.