Ahamefule J. Oluo House Party
November 8 @ 8:30 pm
Ahamefule J. Oluo photo by Daniel Sheehan
Prepare for the Revelation! Whether you’ve tuned into none, one, or most of this year’s digitally streamed festival performances, you haven’t seen a performance quite like Ahamefule Oluo’s Virtual Reality House Party. This 2016-recorded document of Industrial Revelation playing in a living room brimming with house show enthusiasts, kindred souls, and Nigerian food will give us that euphonious and palpable experience of what it was like to be immersed in a sultry and live music setting again.
Oluo expounds, “The beauty of virtual reality is that you get to feel like you’re immersed somewhere, and wouldn’t it be great to be at a really cool party with live music and amazing food and just capture that particular event in a really beautiful way?” Most definitely. The majority of us show-goers are craving these sacred moments again because they offer us—to quote Industrial Revelation’s bio—“human emotion…unbridled energy, excitement, passion, beauty and the enjoyment that coincides.”
Even though it was recorded in 2016, the footage of this 21:30-minute, unfettered time capsule is
just now being unearthed because it was simultaneously in production while Thin Skin—Oluo’s full-length film adaptation of Now I’m Fine—was in production. Oluo was just waiting for the right time to release it. He says, “It’s a really beautiful film…it’s something I’ve always been really proud of and I’ve always wanted to find the right place to put it out and now it seems like, in the context of COVID, where it really is impossible to go to a party like that…it just seemed like a really amazing time to put out this little moment from the past.”
Oluo concludes by threading his three festival events together by being “as immersive as possible because it’s really one of the main things that’s missing is that kind of connection…right now I think connectiveness is what we need.” Agreed, I think we’re ready for the Revelation.
These are challenging times for artists, please give them your support: https://industrialrevelation.bandcamp.com/