Erika Matsunami * 1963 in Hiroshima, Japan, lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
She took her first lessons in japanese dance at the age of three at Fujima, Toshika (Fuhima-Ryu, Japanese traditional dance association) and later she was taught by Hanayagi, Masatoyo (Hnayagi-Ryu, Japanese traditional dance association/the founder/choreografer/artist Hanayai, Juske (1821-1903) in 1849) and completed her dance exam in 1984 and received the artist name (in Japanese Nator-meii) „Hanayagi, Hosenyu" in 1984. From 1982 to 1984 she studied Fine Art / Sculpture under Prof. Hisashi Akutagawa (Sculptor, Tokyo) et al., Faculty of Fine Arts at the Hijiyama University, Hiroshima, Japans and advanced from 1884 to 1886 she studied research study (advanced courses) sculpture under Professor Hisashi Akutagawa, Faculty of Fine Arts at the Hijiyama University, Hiroshima, Japan. During this time she was a member of Shinseisaku kyokai Hiroshima, the artists' union of fine arts in the section of sculpture. Matsunami studied German at the University of Vienna in Austria and from 1992 to 1995 the College of Fine Arts, liberal arts, the Institute KAW- Aesthetic Education / Arts and Cultural Studies (Postgraduales Studium: Institut Kulturpädagogische Arbeitsstelle für Weiterbildung – Ästhetische Erziehung / Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften/Institute for Art in Context) at the Universität der Künste Berlin (the Berlin University of the Arts) and she graduated the fine arts studies, liberal arts, the postgraduate course at the Institute - Aesthetic Education / Arts and Cultural Studies/Institute for Art in Context in 1997 under the supervision of Katharina Jedermann und Wolfgang Knapp.
From 2009 to 2010 Matsunami was the guest studentship (auditor) for the postgraduate artistc professional education under Honorary Professor Dr Martin Supper, composer, scientist and study programme director of the Master course in Sound Studies – Acoustic Communications at the ZIW of the UdK Berlin and head of the UNI.K – UdK l Studio for Sound Art and Sound Research the College of Music at the Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK (Berlin University of the Arts). Afterwards, from 2011 through 2012 she studied musicology for the postgraduate artistic professional education continually under Honorary Professor Dr Martin Supper, UNI.K – UdK l Studio für Klangkunst (sound art) und Klangforschung (sound research), College of Music at the the Berlin University of the Arts.
In 2010, the project "still/silent" was continued with the jazz composer and bassist Chris Dahlgren (OIO expand) unter the program "OSTRALE'010" - International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts in OSTRALE (Center for Contemporary Art, Dresden) in Dresden, and in 2010 OIO solo by Erika Matsunami was performed at the Katalog presentation "still/silent" in the gallery weisser elefant in Berlin.
Her work is regularly represented in exhibitions, performances and festivals. CV_PDF