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Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa with Christian Naujoks
23 July 2018 / 7 pm CEST

Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster, 2017
Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster, 2017, music: Christian Naujoks, lyrics: Ei Arakawa and Dan Poston, Sculpture Projects Münster 2017
Photo: Henning Rogge

Performance People

Ei Arakawa works in performance, sculpture and installation, often elaborating hybrid and multimedia works which are situated within or spun off from live, choreographed events. His complex performance works are typically collaborative and subvert performative conventions by breaking the boundaries between audience and performer, resulting in spontaneous live actions. Sometimes incorporating other artists’ works as source material, his projects rethink traditional notions of authorship, subjectivity, temporal and geographical context, while also interrogating the politics of collaboration. Arakawa will use a few examples of his recent work to discuss how to approach, interpret and use other people’s artwork within his own conceptual framework. How does music relate to art? What is the difference between sound and music? Where and to whom does an artwork want to speak and sing? What is the future of performance art?

Ei Arakawa, born in Fukushima ( JP) in 1977, lives and works in New York, NY (US). His art is always performative, and includes paintings, everyday objects, and people as his actors, as it were, with each accorded an equal footing. Music and lyrics play an important role in his installations and performances, as he draws on the artistic strategies of Fluxus, Conceptualism, and Japanese art collectives such as Gutai and Experimental Workshop. His performances are created through collaborations with various people including contemporary artists, composers and art historians.

Solo exhibitions
2018 Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (DE). 2017 Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. 2016 Galerie Meyer Kainer (with Nikolas Gambaroff), Vienna. Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY. Midway Contemporary Art (with Gela Patashuri and Sergei Tcherepnin), Minneapolis, MN (US). 2015 Overduin & Co. (with Karl Holmqvist), Los Angeles, CA (US).

Group exhibitions
2018 Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (UK). 2017 Skulptur Projekte Münster, Münster (DE). 2016 Tbilisi16., Tbilisi, (GE). We Call It Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (DE). 9th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art (with Dan Poston and Stefan Tcherepnin), Berlin. 2015 Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, Museum Brandhorst, Munich (DE). 2014 10. Gwangju Biennale (with Inza Lim), Gwangju (KR). Whitney Biennial 2014 (with Carissa Rodriguez), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

2017 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. 2016 Hammer Museum (with Silke Otto-Knapp), Los Angeles, CA (US). Serpentine Gallery (with DAS INSTITUT) London. 2015 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (US). Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (CA). 2013 Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

Porträtfoto von Ei Arakawa
Porträtfoto: Kaori Nishida