In 2016 Outset Israel supported the retrospective exhibition of Noa Eshkol’s work at the 20th Biennale of Sydney with seven large-scale Wall Carpets and two vitrines of archival materials that included illustrations, photographs, scores, video, books and slides.
Noa Eshkol was an influential Israeli choreographer, dancer, researcher and textile artist. Together with Avraham Wachman she created Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation in the 1950s, a thinking tool for recording and studying movement, which remained the cornerstone of her studies and an ongoing subject for her whole life. Initially conceived as a way for choreographers to record and transmit a dance, the system is now used in a variety of fields, from physical therapy to animal behaviour.
Eshkol first began making Wall Carpets during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when the only male member of her Chamber Dance Group, Shmulik Zaidel, was conscripted into the army. This led Eshkol to suspend work with her other dancers, saying: “This is no time to dance, we shall wait until the war is over.” She then began assembling and pinning cloth remnants onto a blanket, later sewing them by hand; the result was the first of her textile assemblages. From then on, Eshkol only ever worked with found materials, beginning with her own clothes and scraps gathered from around the house.
The Noa Eshkol Foundation For Movement Notation was established according to the will and testament of Noa Eshkol. The foundation is responsible for the upkeep and development of the wide-scope research archive. The archive contains files and items documenting subjects from different periods in the development of the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation.
The Eshkol-Wachmann Movement Notation Center (EWMN) is situated in Noa Eshkol’s historic home in Holon, Israel. Besides holding all of the artist’s works, the center facilitates movement workshops, performances, lectures, consultation, exhibitions and special projects.