Video Medley: Eiko & Koma's 38 Works
This is the question we faced in preparing our Retrospective Project
, particularly our exhibitions. In a museum, unlike in a theatre, more people stumble upon us without knowing who we are. So as a point of entry, I created this video medley by choosing short clips to represent each piece we ever had a video of. Because most of our works are slow-moving and full evening length, it felt brutal to make the cuts, but 38 works were put together into a mere 38 minute stretch. Not only could people smell the essence of each work, but a quick glance of that many years shows two immigrant artists aging, but staying profoundly stupid and spirited. Some variation but not much. Not wiser, not better, but perhaps more naked, more intimate and more stubborn. This I say with some pride.
In the gallery space, I was surprised to see how people actually watched this video for a long time, often the whole thing. Now I always carry the DVD in my purse so I can give it away to strangers. That is my invitation.