Sharon Lockhart: Noa Eshkol is a continuation of Lockhart's artistic investigations, bringing to light an extraordinary personality and her innovative and intellectual creativity through the registering of a body of dance compositions and the recovery of a multifaceted knowledge system. First presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the exhibition creates an encounter between the two artists that explores the nature of artistic practice, its preservation, and its interpretation, as well as the experience and representation of space, time, and movement. It is drawn entirely from the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.
Sharon Lockhart discovered the archives of Noa Eshkol in Holon, a former working-class town that is now a suburb of Tel Aviv, during a research trip to Israel in 2008. The archive houses Eshkol's intellectual and material heritage and is dedicated to the preservation and development of the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation system (EWMN). The system, first codified in 1954 by Eshkol and Avraham Wachman, revolutionized dance and movement notation. It established a unified system of recording movement using numbers and a minimal alphabet of symbols in a grid format, offering dancers and choreographers a systematized tool to compose and notate dance in a fashion similar to the way a composer writes a musical score.
Lockhart photographed the spheres at different points in their rotation along the vertical axis, and the resulting images are presented in groupings of two to five prints that map each progressive moment, revealing a dynamic and morphing form that changes as much as a moving body would in relation to a viewer.
Sharon Lockhart: Noa Eshkol
Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A , Vienna