YoHa (Graham Harwood, Matsuko Yokokoji)

YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji, YoHa English translation 'aftermath') have lived and worked together since 1994.

YoHa's graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations including. Co founding the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007) and establishing the Mediashed a free-media lab in Southend-on-Sea (2005-2008). In 2008 they joined long time collaborator, Richard Wright to produce 'Tantalum Memorial' winning the Transmediale first prize for 2009. 'Tantalum Memorial' also featured at many cities and countries, include ZeroOne Biennial (USA), Manifesta07 (Italy), Science Museum London (UK), Ars Electronica (Austria), Plugin (Switzerland), Laboral (Spain). More recently YoHa has co produced 'Coal Fired Computers' and 'Invisible Airs'. 'Endless War' explored the database in relation to conflict and was originally commissioned for Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland in 2011. The work has toured extensively in the UK and in the rest of world until early 2016 include, Kunst Hal Arrhus (Denmark), Neuberger Museum of Art (USA), Centre for New Media Culture (Latvia), Connecting Spaces HK (China), Pratt Manhattan Gallery (USA). Since 2015 YoHa is working on 'Database Addiction' which explores the work based culture created by databases at a London Addiction Clinic funded by the Welcome Trust. The project has progressed to second phrase which is ongoing until the end 2016. YoHa is also working on the newly commissioned project from Shanghai Biennale, which will be held in November 2016 in China.

'Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone' 2014-16 is an ongoing enquiry into the genealogical, ecological and political complexity of the Thames estuary by YoHa and Critical Arts Ensemble and commissioned by Arts Catalyst.  During this time YoHa has become pathologically addicted to the complex estuaries resistance to the logics of computation and it's interrelation to technical objects. Over the last few years YoHa has been supported by many local artists, fishermen, boatyards and especially the Belton Way Small Craft Club, Leigh-on-sea. They have worked with Critical Art Ensemble on 'Graveyard of Lost Species', Fran Gallardo on 'Talking Dirty: Tongue First! Experiments at the Mouth of the Thames', and Southend-on-Sea's own Andi Freeman who has been exploring the critical face citizen science in a series of stunning workshops.

Dr Graham Harwood is the course convenor at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London where he teaches on the MA in Digital Culture.

18 September
YoHa will be at Shorelines - with an exhibition in one of our beach huts and a talk by Graham.

Sunday 25 September at 3pm
Meeeting place: Leigh on Sea Railway Station
A walk/talk with Graham during our Southend Charabanc weekend to visit Graveyard of Lost Species in Leigh marches
FREE but booking essential, please BOOK HERE.


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