Ei Arakawa
in collaboration with Dan Poston, Stefan Tcherepnin

* 1977 in Fukushima, JP, lives and works in New York, US
In collaboration with Dan Poston, Stefan Tcherepnin

Ei Arakawa organizes site-specific performances, installations, and actions as part of a sprawling, collaborative practice. How To DISappear in America: The Musical (2016) is based on a book with the same title by artist Seth Price. The adaptation of the work continues Arakawa’s practice of translating previous artistic works into musical form. Published in 2008, Price’s elliptical handbook alludes to 1960s countercultural guides but uses material taken almost entirely from the internet, updating methods of disappearance for the current digital (and highly surveilled) age. Developed in collaboration with writer Dan Poston and composer and artist Stefan Tcherepnin, the musical and installation are presented as a lip sync performance using the pre-recorded voices of the performers—showing how shifts in context can reframe previous artworks to produce radically augmented meaning.

All works commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD; Japan Foundation

List of works

How to DISappear in America: The Musical, 2016

Performance, ca. 60?
Courtesy Ei Arakawa; Dan Poston; Stefan Tcherepnin; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Thanks to Seth Price; The Leopard Press, New York

(Untitled), 2016

LED curtains
Each ca. 150 x 150 cm
Courtesy Ei Arakawa; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo