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Oxford-UdK Berlin Partnership in Arts and Humanities Podcast

Interview with Artist Eiko Soga and Historian Amanda Power in conversation with UdK Class Experimental Film and Media Art

Our speaker today is Eiko Soga in conversation with the experimental Film and Media Art class at the University of the Arts. In this three part series we showcase research projects across the arts and humanities, drawing on expertise from the University of Oxford and University of the Arts, Berlin. We will be exploring how art can work with sensory knowledge beyond the human world. We will experiment with thought processes that can move away from the forms of society and education imposed by postcolonial and imperialistic social norms.– from artists’ perspectives.

Artis Eiko Soga is currently reading DPhil in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. She previously studied MFA Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art and MSc in Japanese Studies at University of Oxford. She works with intangible elements that affect both individual consciousness and social milieu. Her works result in arrayed media such as installation, essay, and moving image. Her current research is focussed on felt knowledge through working with an Ainu community in Hokkaido, Japan, where she is currently living. Her work can be found under “Eiko Soga” on instagram.

Artis Eiko Soga www.eikosoga.com

[00:19:10] First part:

[00:23:23] Animal Eyes on the Planet (1/3)

First in a trilogy, this podcast introduces the creative collaboration on Climate Crisis Thinking. Through Eiko Soga’s investigation and artistic work with an indigenous community in Japan called the Ainu, we discover personal dimensions of societal issues, enabling us to explore both thinking and learning through the process of hunting and food preparation. First in a trilogy, we discover through investigation and artistic expression, personal dimensions of societal issues, enabling us to explore both thinking and learning through the process making things.

„Learning trough making really takes me to unexpected places, …[…] …it is almost an unspoken navigation of my research and process“  – Eiko Soga

In the discussion: Amanda Power Eiko Soga, Nina Fischer, Lilli Kuschel

The Network „Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences“ If you would like to get in touch please write to  info@oib.ox.ac.uk

[00:16:55] Second part:

[00:16:23] Animal Eyes on the Planet (2/3)

The Felt Knowledge of a More-Than-Human-World

In this second podcast from the Berlin and the Oxford creative collaboration on Climate Crisis Thinking we acquaint ourselves with the Japan’s indigenous Ainu culture and history. The encounter leads us to rethink our cultural values to discuss climate issues kindly, gently, and radically.

„I love the non linear way of seeing the world…[…] …and how such thoughts can develop“  – Eiko Soga

In the discussion:  Juan Pablo Gaviria, Eiko Soga, Nina Fischer, Lisa Maria Steppacher, Paulina Durinova, Lilli Kuschel

[00:19:10] First part:  [00:23:23] Animal Eyes on the Planet (1/3)

[00:15:40] Third part:

[00:15:27] Animal Eyes on the Planet (3/3)

The Aesthetics of an Intangible World

In this third and last podcast Berlin and the Oxford creative collaboration on Climate Crisis Thinking we work with the Japan’s indigenous Ainu culture and history to explore how artists can respond to intangible aspects of the world and express them. What does it take to work sensitively and reciprocally towards our natural and social environment?

In the discussion:  Amanda Power, Nina Fischer, Hana Yoo, Eiko Soga, Stella Krämer Horta, Dalis Pachenco

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