Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, 2011

Still: Courtesy the artist | Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Five-channel video installation (transferred from 35mm film, color, sound), five projection walls
94 min 4 sec (videos)
250 x 534 x 80 cm (each wall)
Overall dimensions variable

Since the 1990s, Sharon Lockhart has developed a practice in film and photography dedicated to the portraiture of the everyday, often focusing on individuals living in marginal communities and capturing milieus that are undergoing profound social transformation. The five-channel video installation Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol is a homage to the choreographic, dance, and textile work by Noa Eshkol. It is a delicate essay on composition, collaboration, art-science displacements, and the figure of the body at the dawn of the cybernetic age. Derived from a de-naturalized and semiotic understanding of movement, in the late 1950s Eshkol developed a mathematically generated spherical system to capture the entire gamut of movements, from sign language to animal movements and folk dance to and ballet. Codified as the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) system perfected in collaboration with the architect Avraham Wachman, Eshkol’s lifelong fascination remained the application of this system in artistic, technical, medical, and even astronautic work. Her conception of the body and dance composition, as exemplified by the dance suite Theme and Variations, performed by a group of two to five dancers, is an homage to the progressive euphoria of its time and to eco-feminist approaches, which sought to dismantle gender constructions and anthropocentric privilege through artistic-scientific innovation.


Group show: Remedios
Venue: C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba
Curator: Daniela Zyman
Exhibition 14 April 2023 -  March 2024

Born in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, in 1964. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Panel Discussion: Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol, Vienna 2012