Eiko & Koma present Naked, a month-long "living" Installation, commissioned by the Walker Art Center.
Naked is inspired by Breath, Eiko & Koma's 1998 living installation at the Whitney Museum. Naked continues their Whitney experiment 12 years later, exploring themes of nakedness, desire, and the elasticity of time. Unlike the single body that was present in Breath, both Eiko & Koma are always on view during Naked, in much closer proximity to viewers than they have ever allowed themselves.
The Naked gallery installation, which Eiko & Koma inhabit during the museum’s open hours, is part of Event Horizon, the Walker’s exhibition featuring the performativity of its permanent collection. In conjunction with the installation, the Walker is showing Eiko & Koma's media works (dances created for camera) as well as presenting Raven in its theater and sponsoring seminars, lectures and workshops. In addition, the Walker is publishing a Retrospective catalog, to be available in the spring of 2011.
By coming back to live and move in a gallery, we hope to collapse the time passed since Breath, a time in which we have lingered as much as we have aged. We are inviting a close look at another one-month period of time in our bodies, saying to our audience: Linger, stay here with your eyes, live and kinetically observe how our bodies move towards death.
--Eiko & Koma on Naked, 2010 (from an interview with Philip Bither, Chief Performing Arts Curator at the Walker)
Naked was created during a creative residency at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
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