Eiko Soga lives and works in England and Japan and is currently reading for her DPhil at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Through ethnography-led art practices, Soga explores the interrelationships within historical, cultural, emotional, and natural landscapes and how an art can embody felt knowledge of more than the human world. Her research uses storytelling as a way to observe and document how minor, ephemeral, and sensory aspects of everyday processes can lead to bigger phenomena such as collectiveness and the development of culture. In doing so, she moves away from the social and educational forms imposed by colonial and imperialistic norms. The heart of Soga’s work is cultivating a conversation about rewilding and decolonisation in response to societies that have been shaped by urban-capitalism-centric developments. Soga’s work often takes the form of videos, photography, and poetry.
Selected exhibitions include: Video Forms Digital Arts, Video installation (France), Site Specific Art - Learning from the Folklorist Tsuneichi Miyamoto, Ichihara Lake Side Museum (Japan), Kuroko, Index Festival Hub, Yorkshire House (UK), Bamboo Tori, Sapporo CAI (Japan), Nemagaridake, Uymam Art Project (Japan). Conferences and artist talks include: Relabelling Project, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (UK), Imagining Our Digital Futures: The View From Japan, The University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies (UK), Blue Seas Thinking: A Workshop on Interdisciplinary Marine Social Science (UK), 3rd Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (UK), Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, University of Oxford (UK). Artistic Practice - Working With Displaced. Arts Catalyst. Workshop (UK). Workshops include: THE ANIMUNCULUS, Oxford-UdK Berlin Partnership in Arts and Humanities. 'Art and ecology' workshop, (Germany and UK).
Soga is a graduate of MFA Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, and MSc Japanese Studies at University of Oxford where she studied Sociology, Anthropology, and Modern Japanese Literature. She is an associate lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts in London, and participates in projects at University of Art in Berlin (UdK).