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Show RCA 2019

Eriko Takeno

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Major project:

Crafting Narrative

Crafting Narrative introduces poetic thinking as an alternative healing tool from anxiety. Italian theorist, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, says in his book, Breathing: Chaos and Poetry (2019), 'the poetical act is a revelation of a possible sphere of experience not yet experienced (that is to say, the experienceable).'

This installation invites the audience to experience the healing power of poetic thinking by following the artist’s own journey of poetic discovery and emotional recovery. Eriko Takeno developed her workshop Sensory Multimodal Workshop; Space as Medium, Poetic Thinking as a Tool, as a way to share her own introspective exploration of poetry as a therapy for anxiety with others. 

In the workshop, participants are invited to develop a mindful approach to their own perceptions of the physical environment, and to communicate their experiences with the rest of the group. The workshop unfolds as a triple process of observation, visualization and discussion. Working in collaboration with psychologists in Japan and Australia, Eriko has developed a method of somatic thinking through poetry, which allows the practitioner to deconstruct traumatic narratives of anxiety and to shape them into new narratives by activating a mutual connection between the internal and external spaces of one’s own body. 


  • Eriko J Takeno (b. London, UK, 1990) grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Eriko is a London based artist and researcher. Her research focuses on a quality of art education in relation to mental health. Eriko explores her own introspective experiences through her own art practice, in order to discover ways an introspective experience can help others in their healing process. She addresses her research with a variety of media, such as poetry, moving image, installation, artistic research method workshops, and so on.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Arts in Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Ways to Experience', Korean Cultural Centre, London, 2019; 'Musical Offering', Royal College of Music, London, 2019; 'XPLD' by Block9&NYC, Downlow Rave, London, 2017
  • Conferences

  • 'Design4health', Sheffield Hallam University, 2018; 'ReViewing 10',on 'A quality of educational philosophy in Black Mountain College in digital era for Hikikomori phenomenon', University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA, 2018
  • Collaborators

  • Yoko Arai, Clinical Psychologist (Japan) and Lutza Ireland, Psychologist (Australia)
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