Takehito Etani invents fantastical wearable devices, installations, and toys that he refers to as spiritual prosthetics. He explores the relationships between body, consciousness and technology in contemporary daily life. His subtly humorous performances with such devices are intended as both social critique and a vision of a future alternative reality.
Selected exhibitions and installation venues featuring his work include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art), San Jose, California, VIPER Basel Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Switzerland, and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Germany, as well as Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Kawasaki, Japan, as a nominee for The 7th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art.
Etani’s work has been featured in media art publications and academic journals such as “See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception” by Madeline Schwartzman and “Art + Science Now” by Stephen Wilson.
He received his BFA from Pratt Institute, MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Etani was born in Japan and lives and works in Oakland, California.
Books he has been reading are; The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss, The Book of Ninja: The Bansenshukai, Anthony Cummins, True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (An Authentic Ninja Training Manual), Anthony Cummins