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Ei Arakawa’s performances are created through collaborations with various people including contemporary artists and art historians. The means of these collaborations are diverse, with such figures physically participating as performers, and in other instances their works themselves making appearances. Arakawa invalidates the boundary between the performers and the audience by inviting the audience to participate in an improvisational manner, thus converting them from the old of passive viewers to active subjects of the performance.

Arakawa will apply the same innovative approach, where an in-depth urban study precedes the appointment of 4 trans-disciplinary creative mediators who collaborate to genuinely integrate the Biennial into the social, cultural, and political fabric of the city of Honolulu.

His work can be viewed at these locations and times:


Surrounded by Biennials (Manifesta 13, 2020 + Questions from VES131), 2019
Worldwide Tours & Travel Service Inc, 1120 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu
9 - 5 Mon - Fri, 9 - 12 Sat, Closed on Sun

Surrounded by Biennials (Operation Vesuvius, 1972 + Questions from VES131), 2019 
Kingdom Jade & Jewelers, 1101 Maunakea Street #60
9 - 3 Mon - Fri, 9 - 2 Sat, Closed on Sun

Surrounded by Biennials (Sharjah Biennial, 2019 + Questions from VES131), 2019
Ohana Lei’s & Flowers, 69 N. Beretania St, Honolulu
7:30am - 4pm 7 Days