Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa

Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2018 -19
Ei Arakawa

Ei Arakawa (b. 1977, Fukushima, Japan) currently lives in New York. 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 complex and multilayered projects rethink traditional notions of authorship, subjectivity, temporal and geographical context, while also interrogating the politics of collaboration. Arakawa’s recent exhibition proposed the alternative view of performance art history by the extensive use of astrology.

Recent exhibitions include Liverpool Biennial, UK (2018); Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany (2017); 9th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2016); Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany (2015); Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2014); Whitney Biennial, New York, USA (2014); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (2013); 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); Tate Modern, London, UK (2012); 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2012); and MoMA, New York, USA (2012).


Ei Arakawa, Performance People (7630 Sukiyaki, December 17, 1973, 18.00, Buffalo, NY).
Photo: Katja Illner.