Erika is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator currently working in Philadelphia area via London, UK.
Her work explores the fields of visual music, live video performance, and immersive media.
Social justice is an important element in her work, and she leads arts projects that are community-engaged and socially-driven around themes of: criminal justice, racial and gender equality.
Erika’s methodology is rooted in the spirit of Squat parties in the 1990’s UK as well as 1980’s Hip Hop culture.
Erika is part of a vibrant international community of VJs and DJs.
Current audio-visual collaborations include Alka's Colour of Terrible Crystal album released on VeryRecords in 2017. Their first live date in Philadelphia at the PhilaMOCA July 2018.
Through her vocal and visual work on Puzzlebox Records in Detroit, MI, she has worked with Keith Tucker and Tommy Hamilton of Aux 88, and other prominent artists from the Detroit electronic music scene. The Black Tokyo Project opened for Jeff Mills at Fabric Nightclub in London and Octave One on the Tresor stage in Madrid, Spain.
While in London, she worked for a holographic projection company, project managing for corporate and entertainment clients.
Erika's work is supported by the Center For Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, where she was a NewCourtland Fellow in 2017.
She has produced shows for the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University, where she teaches video production and photography.
Erika speaks Japanese, English, French, and Electro.
(She would love to learn Chinese and Arabic.)
MA Photography - Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University, UK
BA Social Anthropology - School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], University of London, UK