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. Soga works with moving image, photography, poetry, and installation to explore how our sensory knowledge-based engagement contributes to a diverse ecosystem of the more-than-human world. Her work uses storytelling as a way to observe and document how ephemeral and intangible aspects of everyday processes can lead to bigger phenomena such as collectiveness and the development of culture. In doing so, she developes modes of thinking which embody a value system that moves away from the colonial, capitalistic, and imperialistic social norms that we might still carry on as a society. 

 

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. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

Komagome SOKO, Making poetry with solid objects, Group exhibition, Japan (2022)

University of Oxford TORCH, Tonkori: Musical Conservations with Oki, Live event, online (2021)

University of Oxford TORCH, Japan Season, Solo exhibition at three venues: Pitt Rivers Museum, The Window Galleries, 95 Gloucester Green, UK (2021)

COP26, University of Oxford, When a lack of consensus is more productive: the importance of diversifying knowledge production, ‘Ainu Hunter, Mon-chan’ film screening, UK (2021)​

University of Oxford TORCH, Japan Season, ‘Marewrew’s Voice’ film screening, online (2021)

Ichihara Art Mix, Site-specific research art installation, Japan (2021)

Design Biennale Zürich hosted by the Ethnographic Museum Zürich, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, Switzerland (2021)

The Feuilleton: I Will Bear Witness, Piggybacking from The Edicola, Spoleto, Roma, and Edicola, Installation, Italy (2021)

s-l-i-c-e, ‘Ainu Hunter, Mon-chan’ film screening, Germany (2021)

Video Forms Digital Arts, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, France (2021)

Oxford-UdK Berlin Partnership in Arts and Humanities, ‘Ainu Hunter, Mon-chan’ film screening, Germany and UK (2021)

The Bagri Foundation, At Home in the World, ‘Ainu Hunter, Mon-chan’ film screening, UK (2020)

The University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies, Imagining Our Digital Futures: The View from Japan, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, UK (2020)

Ichihara Lake Side Museum, Site Specific Art - Learning from the Folklorist Tsuneichi Miyamoto, ‘Autumn Salmon’ installation, Group exhibition, Japan (2019)

Index Festival Hub, Yorkshire House, Kuroko, Group exhibition, UK (2019)

CAI-Contemporary Art Institute, Bamboo Tori, Solo exhibition, Japan (2019)

Benizakura Art Festival, Tuning Bamboo, Group exhibition, Japan (2019)

The North Wall Arts Center, The Flute & the Bowl, The Diffracting Matters, Group exhibition, UK (2019)

Five Years Gallery, Microbes as Secret Agents, video screening, UK (2019)

Itoshima International Art Festival, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, Japan (2018)

Uymam Art Project, ‘Nemagaridake’ installation, Japan (2018)

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Digital Japan Mini-Festival, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film installation, UK (2018)

Twin Gallery, As If We Could Scrape the Colour of the Iris and Still See, Group exhibition, Spain (2018)

Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform Validity Issue2, Group exhibition, UK (2017)

CAI-Contemporary Art Institute, ‘Autumn Salmon’ installation, Solo exhibition, Japan (2017)

You See Me Like a UFO curated by Marcelle Joseph, Group exhibition, UK (2017)

Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, University of Oxford, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, UK (2017)

Arts Catalyst, Artistic Practice - Working with Displaced Workshop, ‘Autumn Salmon’ film screening, UK (2017)

 

ARTIST TALKS & SCREENING & CONFERENCES​

The Japan Anthropology Workshop, UAB, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (2022)

Universität der Künste (UdK), More-than-human perspectives and regenerative art practices toward climate justice. A collaboration between Experimental Film and Media Art, Universität der Künste (UdK, Berlin) and the Climate Crisis Thinking Network, University of Oxford. Germany (2022)

The Pitt Rivers Museum, Matters of Policy, Podcast, UK (2021)

s-l-i-c-e, In conversation with Robert Prideaux, Artist talk, Germany (2021)

The Pitt Rivers Museum, Relabelling Project, Webinar, UK (2021)

University of Oxford, History of Art Department, Image and Object Symposium: Shape Shifting, Research presentation, UK (2021)

Oxford-UdK Berlin Partnership in Arts and Humanities, Artist Talk, Germany and UK (2021)

The University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies, Reciprocal Empathy, Imagining Our Digital Futures: The View from Japan, Research presentation, UK (2020)

Lancaster University, Blue Seas Thinking: A Workshop on Interdisciplinary Marine Social Science. Artist talk, Lancaster, UK (2019)

University of Oxford, Pembroke College, 3rd Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies, Artist talk, UK (2019)

University of Oxford, St Anthony’s College, Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities, Artist talk, UK (2017)

PUBLICATIONS

Eiko Soga, Back Then, Cute Slippers, Going Postal, Essay authour, Akerman Daly, UK (2021)

Eiko Soga, First Words, Akerman Daly, Poetry-essay authour, UK (2018)

Eiko Soga, Dr Jeffry Gayman, Art Ethnography as Practice-Based Research. Action Research on Articulations of Indigenous Knowledge in Hokkaido, Japan, Essay authour, Japan (2017)

 

RESIDENCY

Uymam Art Project, Hokkaido, Japan (2018)

Akerman Daly, First Words, UK (2017)

The Sidney Nolan Trust, Lines in the Landscape, UK (2017)

Asia House, Work in Progress, UK (2014)