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Image credit: Courtesy of Joseph Scheer, IEA at NYSCC

Eiko Otake: A Body in Places

Sep 5 10:00 AM - Oct 26 6:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

CCA&C Exhibitions

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

A Body in Places is the omnibus title of Eiko’s first solo project, which started with her revisiting post-nuclear disaster Fukushima and her twelve hour performance at Philadelphia Station in 2014. Its scale and modes of presentation vary radically and incorporate both performative and non-performative elements. For this incarnation at PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, the artist presents a series of new prints and video works made in residency and in partnership with Joseph Sheer, Aodi Liang and Rebekah Palov, at the Institute for Electronic Arts at NYSCC (IEA) at NYCC. The exhibition also features a screening of A Body in Fukushima comprised of photos by William Johnston and edited by Eiko. The artist’s investigation of the various sites of disaster and abundance of nature feel urgent as we contemplate what it means to live in the contemporary changing world, and the fragility and power contained in all of our lives.

At Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA, PICA will present Eiko performing in, on, and with epic landscapes with her “collaborators”, a nighttime swarm of moths in the Kanakadea Forrest, her recently deceased mother at her funeral, and in the changing city of Hong Kong soon after the 2014 Umbrella Revolution. On the occasion of the opening Eiko will perform a solo in and around the gallery.

Across town at PICA we present a new three channel video of Eiko performing with the spring waters and deserts of California. Shot by Alexis Moh and produced at the IEA, the video will be on view during her performances of The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable. Using her body as a conduit. and seeing the world as movements, Eiko explores and reflects on time. She willfully partners with the particularities of places and viewers’ gaze.

This exhibition was produced in collaboration with Joseph Sheer co-director and founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at NYSCC, Mack McFarland, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art at PNCA, with additional support from Kristy Edmunds at the Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA.

Curated by Kristan Kennedy and Joseph Scheer

Opening Reception September 5th, 6-8pm

This project is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit

This project received support from Oregon Arts Commission, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by National Dance Project. Sponsored in part by the Deborah Horrell Fund