Takashi Koma Otake

Doris Duke Artist Award, 2012

New York, NY

Raised in Japan, and based in New York since 1976, Takashi Otake has collaborated with Eiko for 40 years. Known as Eiko & Koma, they hand craft every aspect of their works. They created three “living” gallery installations: Breath (1998) for the Whitney Museum, Naked (2010), for the Walker Art Center, and The Caravan Project (2013) for MoMA. Their multi-faceted Retrospective Project (2009-2012) consisted of new and restaged works, exhibitions, media works and a monograph of their works, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty published by the Walker Art Center. In 2012, they began the Archive Project to curate their own legacy. Among other honors, they were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships (1984), two Bessie Awards (1984, 1990), a MacArthur Fellowship (1996), and an inaugural USA Fellowship (2006). Since 2014, Koma has been working on his first multi-disciplinary solo project. Using a mobile trailer, an interactive visual art installment and performance space.

  • Photo Credit: George Ruhe
  • Takashi Koma Otake- Water (2011): http://vimeo.com/32986942
    Water (2011)
  • Takashi Koma Otake- Naked: A Gallery View (2010): http://vimeo.com/18891276
    Naked: A Gallery View (2010)
  • Takashi Koma Otake- Cambodian Stories (2006): http://vimeo.com/47570650
    Cambodian Stories (2006)
  • Takashi Koma Otake- The Ghost Project: /115978679
    The Ghost Project
  • Photo Credit: Anna Lee Campbell
    Raven (2010)
  • The Ghost Project

What fuels your impulse to make creative work?

Walking and Dancing

When you are thirsty what you do? Drink water.
When you are hungry what you do? Put anything in front of me into my mouth.

When you are sleepy what do you? Rest.

Creating original work has been my profession for my last 40 years.
Fortunately I can walk around looking around, listening around, smelling around, touching around.

Wind blows from the East to the West and then wind stops.

In a way, this life rhythm of mine is so natural. It is a survival instinct.

Most of all I love to be in the process of creating work.
When my brain is actively working for that, I feel I am forever 24.

Once in a while I feel my brain is not functioning well.
In that case, I drink freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juice, eat good beef steak, and sleep well at a quiet place.