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The Ens Project by Leo Asemota


This is a Temporary website for The Ens Project an ongoing multipartite work of art by Nigerian born London based artist Leo Asemota.


Asemota has been evolving The Ens Project since spring 2005. The Project’s formative and creative impetus are ancient and contemporary Nigeria’s Edo peoples of Benin’s rich tradition of art and ceremony and their annual Igue rite to the Head; Victorian Britain’s history of invention, exploration and conquest in which the sacking and looting of the former Kingdom of Benin is of particular interest; and the essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by the German cultural theorist Walter Benjamin.


This Temporary website presents an overview of the Project’s phases, its history, list of works and an ens cyclopædia of related subject matter.

Phase 1 First Principles 
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Phase 2 The Handmaiden
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Phase 3 Eo ipso
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Project Historyproject_history.htmlproject_history.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0
Ens Cyclopædiaens_cyclopaedia.htmlens_cyclopaedia.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0
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List of works
 

cellula rationalis bodied forth (Triangle and beater)

Media: Chrome-plated steel rubbed with kaolin

Dimensions: 6 x 5.5 x 0.05 in. (16 x 13.5 x cm); 4.6 x 0.03 in. (11.9 x 0.5 cm)


The Embodiment (A Tangible Form of

Media: Kaolin chalk

Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.2 in. (4.5 x 3.4 cm)


Implement for Interspatial Intervention (Sony transistor radio)

Media: Plastic and metal

Dimensions: 3.1 x 6 in (15.5 x 8cm)


Honest Vision Camera (Polaroid Polasonic AutoFocus 4000 Land camera with Polasonic flash)

Media: Metal, plastic and glass

Dimensions: (camera) 4 x 5.5 x 3.5 in. (10.8 x 14 x 9 cm), (flash) 12 x 10 x 7 in. (12 x 10.5 x 7 cm)



Stage 5 – Obligation to Ideas: Utility, Symbolism, Metaphor

2007 – 2008


fons et origo
Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk), coal, d/e cast iron wrench with a layer of metal oxide on a polished brass disk
Dimensions: 10.6 x 5 x 10 in. (27 x 12.8 x 25.5 cm)


Of movement and conquest in a unique manner

Media: 32 pig iron squares, 32 brass squares, 16 forms in coal and 16 forms in orhue (kaolin chalk)

Dimensions: 16 x 16 in. (40.7 x 40.7 cm)


Rulers

Media: Engraved pig iron and brass plates

Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.3 in. each (3.5 x 31 cm each) Untitled (The Secret of England’s Greatness after Thomas Jones Barker) 

Media: Coal dust encrusted on a King James Version of the Holy Bible

Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.8 in. (13.5 x 19.5 cm)


Untitled (Restoration)

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal dust encrusted on a King James Version of the Holy Bible

Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.8 in. (13.5 x 19.5 cm)


Untitled (To a loved sister)

Media: Coal dust encrusted on a clothbound carry-case with Victorian Common Prayer and Hymns books.

Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.8 x 1.4 in. (6.5 x 8.4 x 3.1 cm)


Observation for a sculpture: The Blackountry

Media: Earth, oxidised steel and coal dust on wooden panel primed with orhue (kaolin chalk)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in. (21.3 x 29.9 cm)


Observation for a sculpture: Ókpia orhue (Kaolin Man)

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk), coal and coral on wooden panel primed with orhue (kaolin chalk)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in. (21.3 x 29.9 cm)


Outer Margin of Metamorphic Aureole

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on wooden panels primed with orhue (kaolin chalk)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in. (21.3 x 29.9 cm)



Stage 6 – An Ending, A Beginning; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

2007 – 2008


Part 1 – The Overtures

2007 – 2008

(All works are presented in artists’ charred timber frames)


cellula historia

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on paper (text in graphite).

Dimensions: 6.2 x 8 in. (15.9 x 20.4 cm)


Queen of Diamonds

Media: Coal dust and post cards mounted on paper.

Dimensions: 7 x 10.8 in. (17.2 x 26.5 cm)


The Royal Insignia of the Conferment by Pope Leo X

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on paper

Dimensions: 6.2 x 8 in. (15.9 x 20.4 cm)


Observation for Agent of the Union

Media: Coal and silver mirror acetate on inkjet print on lustre photo paper of a Gold Coast Protectorate soldier with Benin medal.

Dimensions: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)


Observations for “The Condition of Consequence”

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on paper (text in graphite).

Dimensions: 6.2 x 8 in. (15.9 x 20.4 cm)


The location for “The longMarch of Displacement”

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on paper (text in graphite).

Dimensions: 6.2 x 8 in. (15.9 x 20.4 cm)


The Station of Commemoration

Media: Orhue (kaolin chalk) and coal on printed matter (text in charcoal).

Dimensions: 12.3 x 18.5 in (33.3 x 47 cm)



Part 2: ens memoralis

2008


ens memoralis

Performance

National Portrait Gallery

Thursday 26 June 2008


ens memoralis: Performance views

Media: 10 digital chromogenic colour photographs

Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.27 in x 10 (27.7 x 18.5 cm x 10)

Edition of 5 (1A/P)


ens memoralis Suite

a. First Marshalling

Media: Graphite on paper, inkjet print on matt paper, inkjet print on archival paper in charred timber frames

Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.5 in (13 x 19 cm) 13 x 19 in (32.9 x 48.3 cm), 10.9 x 7.27 in (27.7 x 18.5 cm)


b. Fifth Marshalling

Media: Graphite on paper, inkjet print on matt paper, inkjet print on archival paper in charred timber frames

Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.5 in (13 x 19 cm), 13 x 19 in (32.9 x 48.3 cm), 10.9 x 7.27 in (27.7 x 18.5 cm)


c. Sixth Marshalling

Media: Graphite on paper, inkjet print on matt paper, inkjet print on archival paper in charred timber frames

Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.5 in (13 x 19 cm), 13 x 19 in (32.9 x 48.3 cm), 10.9 x 7.27 in (27.7 x 18.5 cm)


d. Adornment of The Queen

Media: 13.15 minutes digital video, colour, sound; tracing paper, coal dust on archival inkjet print on 100% rag paper mounted with drawing pins on grey card, steel with layers of metal oxide, coniunctio*, diamond shaped looking glass, compass with 2¼ inch lead pencil, metal scalpel with non-sterile stainless steel surgical blade, red with white striped ribbon, grey canvas shoulder bag with black leather detail arranged in charred timber and plexiglass vitrine.

Dimensions: 23.4 x 33.1 x 37 in (59.4 x 84.1x 91.4 cm)


ens memoralis: Testimony

Media: Ink, graphite, orhue (kaolin), coal*, printed matter, satin ribbon, Polaroid SX-70 colour photograph, newsprint, archival colour photographs.

Dimensions: 14.8 x 21 x 3.3 cm (35 concertina-pleated pages unfolds to a length of 15.5 feet / 4.72 metres)

Edition of 10



Part 3: The longMarch of Displacement

2008


The longMarch of Displacement

Performance

Victoria Embankment / St. Paul’s Cathedral

Thursday 25 September 2008


RECALL: The longMarch of Displacement

Media: HD video, colour, sound

Duration: 15.39 minutes

Edition of 30 (1A/P)


The Condition of Consequence

Media: Steel vessel with layers of metal oxide, orhue (kaolin chalk), satin ribbons in red, white and blue in charred timber and plexiglass vitrine

Dimensions: 47.2 x 47.2 x 23.6 in. (120 x 120 x 60 cm)


The Commandant’s Sceptre

Media: Steel with layers of metal oxide

Dimensions: 4 x 10.3 x 4 in. (23 x 59.3 x 23 cm)


Agents of The Union

Media: 3 digital chromogenic prints in charred timber and plexiglass frame.

Dimensions: 18.9 x 27.8 in. x 3 (48 x 70.7 cm x 3)

Edition of 6

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