Kota Ezawa


Kota Ezawa, Kota, from the series The History of Photography Remix, 2006; Collection SFMOMA, Ruth Nash Fund purchase © Kota Ezawa

The Burghers of Calais — a video sculpture

In this project students re-create the well-known 1889 sculpture by Auguste Rodin as a performance and video sculpture.


Performance, video


Blank DVD (optional), tripod, video camera, video monitor or TV, video tape

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Auguste Rodin's The Burghers of Calais


Your class will divide into groups of 8–10 students. Within each group, 6 of the students will be performers and the rest will be cameramen/women or directors.



Artist Biography

Kota Ezawa

Born in 1969 in Cologne, Germany
Currently lives in San Francisco, California; and Berlin, Germany

As a high school student Ezawa was the singer of a punk band named "The Plot." In those years he also began making large-scale action paintings inspired by Jackson Pollock. Ezawa went on to study art in Düsseldorf, Germany, and at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University. He is now a film professor at the California College of the Arts and his work has been exhibited in many parts of the world.