In The Year of The Quiet Sun
2014
Bergen, Norway
commissions and solo exhibition
In The Year of The Quiet Sun

Bergen Kunsthall opened the spring season with In the Year of the Quiet Sun, the first major exhibition by The Otolith Group in the Nordic region

Curated by Martin Clark and Steinar Sekkingstad

The Otolith Group's first exhibition in Norway, In the Year of the Quiet Sun configures moments from the grand project of mid-20th Century Pan-Africanism, envisaged as the total liberation of the African continent from Europe's Empires, through the media of animation, video, interior decor, display-system, reading room and publication.

Statecraft (2014), Sovereign Sisters (2014) and One Out of Many Afrophilias (2014) were co-commissioned and co-developed in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen and Casco-Office for Art, Design and Theory in partnership with Artsonje Center.

In the Year of the Quiet Sun (2013) was co-commissioned with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Casco-Office for Art, Design and Theory in partnership with Artsonje Center.

In the Year of the Quiet Sun will be presented at Casco-Office for Art, Design and Theory in late Autumn 2014.


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Reflections on Damaged Life
2013
London UK
group exhibition
Reflections on Damaged Life

Reflections from Damaged Life. An exhibition on psychedelia

To many artists in the sixties who referred to the counterculture, or who used hallucinogenic drugs as an artistic tool, the term 'psychedelic' was seen as compromised and the idea of a 'psychedelic art' resisted. It is for this reason that 'psychedelic art' cannot be easily categorised as a genre; neither can it be understood as an entirely overlooked art form.

The Otolith Group participated in this exhibition with their 37min colour HD film and installation Anathema (2011).
Anathema reimagines the microscopic behaviour of liquid crystals undergoing turbulence as a sentient entity that possesses the fingertips and the eyes enthralled by the LCD touch-screens of communicative capitalism. Anathema can be understood as an object-oriented video that isolates and recombines the magical gestures of dream factory capitalism. By bringing the telecommunicating couplings of mother-father-daughter-son-machines and boyfriend-girlfriend-units into contact with the conductive imagery of liquid crystallization, Anathema proposes itself as a prototype for a counter-spell assembled from the possible worlds of capitalist sorcery.

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After Year Zero / Geographies of Collaboration since 1945
2013
Haus De Kulturen De Welt
commission and group exhibition
After Year Zero / Geographies of Collaboration since 1945

The Otolith Group were co-commissioned to produce In The Year of The Quiet Sun HD Video/ colour/ (2013) and A Fable of Fatal Incorporation: The Final Scene from Hyenas(2013), both of which appeared in the group exhibition at the the HKW in Berlin. After Year Zero was curated by Anselm Franke and Annett Busch in collaboration with the participating artists.

The project After Year Zero was based on a series of workshops held in 2012 in Algiers, Dakar, Paris, and Johannesburg under the title "Matters of Collaboration," made possible by Goethe Institut Brussels.

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FORMAT, Summer events at the Architectural Association
2013
Architectural Association, London
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FORMAT, Summer events at the Architectural Association

FORMAT is 'live magazine' looking at the shapes that discourse takes. This summer at the AA, Issue 3 will talk about talking, show what it means to show something, and present the hidden politics of presentation.

Issue 3, 2-12 July 2013, features a format that reveals how unreal reality is, a format that mixes thinking with wandering, a format that promises us things to come, a format that promises to make us laugh and a format that celebrates a giant of history writing.

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The Whole Earth
2013
Berlin, Germany
group exhibition
The Whole Earth

Fri, 26. Apr 2013 - Sun, 07. Jul 2013
The Whole Earth - Exhibition

The image of the "blue planet," a new perspective of the earth as seen from the outside, is one of the most popular images in history. This image, more than any other, has shaped the popular notion of the age of the "whole world" and globalization, from a worldwide society linked by the Internet to the current debate on the climate. Using artworks and materials from cultural history, the exhibition will critically explore the application of ecological-systemic concepts to society, politics, and aesthetics.

The Otolith Group participated in this exhibition with their film Otolith l.

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Medium Earth
2013
REDCAT Los Angeles
commission and solo exhibition
Medium Earth

Medium Earth (2013)
41mins, HD Video, Colour, Sound, 16:9, English.



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The Otolith Group at The Julia Stoschek Collection
2013
Dusseldorf, Germany
solo exhibition
The Otolith Group at The Julia Stoschek Collection

THE OTOLITH GROUP IN DÜSSELDORF

From January 15 through 18, the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION and VENUS & APOLL will be hosting the OTOLITH GROUP, one of the most influential artists' groups of our time, with a film program, an exhibition, a seminar for students and two talks with the artists.


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People To Be Resembling
2012
London
commission and group exhibition
People To Be Resembling

People to be Resembling, 2012
22mins, HD Video, Colour, Sound, 16:9, English.

People to be Resembling was commissioned by Haus Der Kunst on the occasion of the exhibition ECM - A Cultural Archaeology curated by Okwui Enwezor, with the generous support by Project 88, Mumbai.

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Modern Monsters Death and Life of Fiction
2012/13
Taipei
group exhibition
Modern Monsters Death and Life of Fiction

Curated by Anselm Franke The Otolith Group have been invited to participate in this large scale exhibition in the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.

They will participate with two works, Anathema (2011) and a photographic series entitled Daughter Products. The exhibition will open on Friday 28th 2012.

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The Radiant
2012
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
commission and group exhibition
The Radiant

The Otolith Group, The Radiant, 2012
HD video, colour, sound, 64 min 14 sec




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Double Bound Economies
2012
Geneva, Leipzig
group exhibition
Double Bound Economies

DOUBLE BOUND ECONOMIES
Reading an East German Archive (1967 - 1990)

Double Bound Economies begins with a photo archive from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The photographer of the archive is Reinhard Mende. Produced as commissioned works, these photographs document and dramatize the situation of productions in so called Volkseigene Betriebe (VEBs; people-owned enterprises) and the Internationale Leipziger Messe (International Trade Fair Leipzig) from 1967 to 1990.

The Otolith Group contributed to this exhibition and catalogue with their work Communists Like Us.

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WESTFAILURE
2012
Project 88, Mumbai
solo exhibition
WESTFAILURE

The Otolith Group
Westfailure

Project 88, Mumbai 11 - 31 January 2012

Project 88 is pleased to announce Westfailure, The Otolith Group's first solo exhibition in Mumbai, in collaboration with British Council India.

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I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another
2012
Paris, Budapest.
film
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another

'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another'.
UK, 2012, 33 minutes 32 seconds
Colour, Sound (stereo), HD Video

..is a poetic and poignant new work centred on the renowned Lebanese-Greek poet, painter and philosopher, Etel Adnan, one of the most important contemporary figures in Middle Eastern literature.

The Otolith Group were commissioned by a partnership of Brighton's leading arts organisations, as part of the Voices of the Sea initiative that include Lighthouse, Fabrica ,Brighton Festival
Blast Theory, Photoworks and The University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts.

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The Militant Image
2011
The Institute of International Visual Arts, London
film programme
The Militant Image

Film screenings and discussions engage with militant filmmaking practices of late twentieth century liberation struggles. Curated by Kodwo Eshun and Ros Gray, presented by Iniva in collaboration with The Otolith Group

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Thoughtform
2011/12
MAXXI, Rome
solo exhibition
Thoughtform

Curated by Chus Martinez

The Otolith Group. Thoughtform, the first exhibition in Italy devoted to the London-based group founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, has been co-produced by MAXXI and MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona where it has been first presented last February.



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Biennale de Lyon
2011
Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
group exhibition
Biennale de Lyon

Conceived by the Argentinean curator Victoria Noorthoorn, the 11th Biennale de Lyon is gathering 70 artists from all over the world, but mostly from Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their work is being exhibited over 14.000 square meters, across four venues: La Sucričre, the Fondation Bullukian, the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, and the T.A.S.E. factory. The Biennale de Lyon is an international exhibition, accompanied by two platforms: "Veduta" and "Résonance".

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A Lure a Part, Allure Apart - Events
2011
Bétonsalon, Paris
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A Lure a Part, Allure Apart - Events

Amongst other elements, the exhibition will be articulated around a set of events with the artists and some of their collaborators. These include the launch of the latest issue of the journal Third Text, guest edited by Kodwo Eshun and Ros Gray and entitled 'The Militant Image: a Ciné-geography'. Taking place on Friday 17 June in the framework of Bétonsalon's offsite seminar 'Under the free sky of history' [lien] at the Musée du Quai Branly, the launch will be followed by a study day (also at the museum) curated by Teresa Castro (researcher at Paris 3 University) around cinematographic production in Lusophone Africa. Another event, programmed for Saturday 2nd July, will be proposed by curators Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Elena Sorokina in the context of their 'Communism's Afterlives' seminar.

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A Lure a Part Allure Apart
2011
Bétonsalon, Paris
solo exhibition
A Lure a Part Allure Apart

The Otolith Group's first solo exhibition in Paris, France.


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Under Zero: A Cine-geography of Militant Gestures
2011
UCL, London
presentation
Under Zero: A Cine-geography of Militant Gestures

UCL Department of Art History

The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art presents: The Otolith Group, A Lecture-Performance on the Militant Image


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MACBA Public Programs
2011
MACBA, Spain
presentation
MACBA Public Programs

The Otolith Group will present a series of speculations on questions of hydropolitics and hydroaesthetics that emerge from Hydra Decapita (2010), the first work in the Group's new trilogy.

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Alias. Survey
2011
Kraków, Poland
group exhibition
Alias. Survey

The Otolith Group's film Nervus Rerum will be shown as part of ALIAS - Kraków Photomonth 2011, Poland curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

13 May - 12 June 2011

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The Militant Image A Cinegeography
2011
Third Text, Volume 25, Issue 1
publication
The Militant Image A Cinegeography

Revolutionary cinema and its global film making networks; the screen as site of radical gathering; postcolonial and political theory; urban cultures and spatial theory; contemporary film and video art.

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Índex number 1. Spring 2011
2011
MACBA, Barcelona
publication
Índex number 1. Spring 2011

Índex is a new biannual publication of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) on artistic research, thought and education. The journal aims to generate a new bibliography that participates in the renewal of culture and to become a test bed for the construction of a new critical language that encourages thinking from and through art.

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Anathema
2011
London UK
film
Anathema

Anathema
37mins, HD Video, Colour, Stereo (2011)

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Holodecks (and Other Spaces)
2011
Form Content, London
group exhibition
Holodecks (and Other Spaces)

A project by Danna Vajda developed in collaboration with Willie Brisco.

With contributions by a.o. Fia Backström, Melanie Gilligan, The Otolith Group, Patrick Staff, Superflex.

A holodeck is a state-of-art virtual reality facility, located on starships and star-bases in the fictional Star Trek universe. First introduced in the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint in 1987, holodecks became a reoccurring feature of the series for the coming seven years.

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THE 'AND': PLACE OF ACTION
2011
Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
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THE 'AND': PLACE OF ACTION

A CCC-day with Filipa César, Jean-Pierre Gorin, The Otolith Group and Catarina Simăo, curated by Doreen Mende.

THE 'AND': PLACE OF ACTION is part of CCC - CINEMA CLASH CONTINUUM: FILM & HISTORY IN THE AGE OF GODARD

CCC is a conference-festival by Gabriëlle Schleijpen (Chief Curator) and Bert Taken (Co-Curator) and takes place at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam from March 28 - April 1, 2011.

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Factory Trouble
2011
Goldsmiths, London
screening
Factory Trouble

a film programme curated by Manuel Ramos for InC, Goldsmiths, University of London

'All contemporary politics has the factory as its place'.

What is the relation of cinema to the factory today? According to Harun Farocki cinema is repelled by the factory. Straub and Huillet understand that the cine-camera is either too early or too late when it comes to film the factory. For Wang Bing to film an industrial complex is to experience an exile. This film programme explores the thwarted relation between the cinema and the factory: the distressing inadequacies of representation, the uncertainties of filmmakers with this space, the dissatisfaction of workers with the audio-visual media.



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Murmurs from the Future: What comes after the Capital
2011
Platform3, Munich
screening
Murmurs from the Future: What comes after the Capital

Worldwide economic and political changes, new technologies of communications and shifting philosophical orientations - we are becoming actors and witnesses of radical upheavals. Horst Seehofer's proclamation "multiculturalism is dead" as well as David Cameron's thesis of a so called Islamic "process of radicalisation" presented at the Munich security conference in February 2011, call for a new investigation into Germany's definition of identity: How can an insistence on a "German Society based on Christian values" be reconciled with the recent secular revolution in Egypt? How can we not lean on the conservative values of the past but instead embraces a new collective identity of the future? Murmurs of the Future: What comes after Capital? is an invitation to explore these questions together.

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Hydra Decapita and Last Angel of History
2011
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detriot
screening
Hydra Decapita and Last Angel of History

A screening of Hydra Decapita (2010) 32 min.
Dir. by The Otolith Group alongside Last Angel of History (1996) 45 min. Dir. by John Akomfrah


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The Secret King in the Empire of Thinking
2011
MACBA, Barcelona
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The Secret King in the Empire of Thinking

Audio, 2011, 22 minutes
The Secret King in the Empire of Thinking is a redescription, set in the future, of Jack Kirby's 1978 visualisations commissioned for the unrealized film Lord of Light, that was based on Roger Zelazny's 1967 science fiction novel Lord of Light.

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The Russian Connection
2011
Gasworks, London
event
The Russian Connection

Discussion event at Gasworks

A visual discussion about the cinematographic training of Sarah Maldoror and her African peers in Soviet Russia. As well as tracing stylistic connections, speakers will address ideas around training and learning - or skills exchange - between Africa and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, and the impetus behind the Soviet Union's investment in African cinema.

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Thoughtform
2011
MACBA, Barcelona
solo exhibition
Thoughtform

Thoughtform. The aim of the exhibition is not only to show the works to date by The Otolith Group, but to familiarise the viewer with their working methodology: a complex way of understanding how cinema invents the image and its way of relating to sound and to the voice. But what is it that drives The Otolith Group to this constant alteration of genres? An interest in the ability of thought to give form to ideas.

Curator: Chus Martínez.
Exhibition organised by: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and coproduced in cooperation with the Fondazione MAXXI, Rome.

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Image-Mouvement
2011
Centre d'Art Contemporain Genčve, Geneva
group exhibition
Image-Mouvement

Moving images are everywhere, floating like restless ghosts in the various spaces of our lives. IMAGE-MOUVEMENT is a new platform of thought and experimentation, created at the heart of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genčve's programme, in order to research the characteristics of this terrain and its impact on contemporary culture.




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In The Year 2103
2010/11
Experimenter, Kolkatta, Seven Arts, Delhi
solo exhibition
In The Year 2103

For their first solo touring exhibition in South Asia, The Otolith Group presents different aspects of its practice that comprises films, photo works, performance-lectures, curatorial projects, writings and discussions.

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The Image in Question III
2010
Tate Britain, London
film and presentation
The Image in Question III

The Otolith Group - Turner Prize Roundtable discussion:
Screening of Facs of Life dir. Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson

Wednesday 8 December 2010

The Image in Question is a series of screening events that explore the histories and potentials of the essayistic. Initiated by The Otolith Group at The Showroom in September 2009, elaborated at the ICA in dialogue with Jacques Ranciere in February 2010, three roundtable discussions will be hosted by The Otolith Group during their Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate Britain

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Turner Prize 2010
2010
Tate Britain, London
group exhibition
Turner Prize 2010

For Turner Prize, The Otolith Group presented different aspects of its practice which comprises films, photoworks, curatorial projects, writings and discussions.

Inner Time of Television is a collaborative project with French film-maker Chris Marker. This work reconfigures The Owl's Legacy, Marker's 1989 thirteen-part television series about Ancient Greek heritage, as an installation with accompanying artist?s book. Otolith III 2009 gives life to four characters from Satyajit Ray's extraordinary screenplay for the unrealised film The Alien 1967, about a young boy from a remote Bengali village who befriends a visiting alien. Transposed here to a contemporary setting, these protagonists confront the fate to which film history has consigned them.

During the exhibition, The Otolith Group hosted four events which invited speakers to engage in close readings of rarely seen film works.

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The Image In Question III
2010
Tate Britain, London
film and presentation
The Image In Question III

Henchman's Glance

The Otolith Group - Turner Prize Roundtable discussion on Chris Marker's Henchman's Glance.

The Image in Question is a series of screening events that explore the histories and potentials of the essayistic. Initiated by The Otolith Group at The Showroom in September 2009, elaborated at the ICA in dialogue with Jacques Ranciere in February 2010, three roundtable discussions will be hosted by The Otolith Group during their Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate Britain

Screening followed by a presentation and roundtable discussion with Adrian Rifkin and Eyal Sivan.


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British Art Show 7
2010/11
Nottingham, London, Glasgow, Plymouth
group exhibition
British Art Show 7

THE BRITISH ART SHOW 7, Group Show, touring across the UK:
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Hayward Gallery, London; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Peninsula Arts, Plymouth


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The Image in Question III
2010
Tate Britain, London
film and presentation
The Image in Question III

The Otolith Group - Turner Prize Roundtable discussion: To Alter the Image (Jean-Luc Godard, 1982)
13th October 2010 Tate Britain

The Image in Question is a series of screening events that explore the histories and potentials of the essayistic. Initiated by The Otolith Group at The Showroom in September 2009, elaborated at the ICA in dialogue with Jacques Ranciere in February 2010, three roundtable discussions will be hosted by The Otolith Group during their Turner Prize exhibition at the Tate Britain

Screening followed by a presentation and roundtable discussion with Ros Gray and The Otolith Group.

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Star City: The Future Under Communism
2010
Nottingham Contemporary
group exhibition
Star City: The Future Under Communism

Pawel Althamer, Micol Assaël, Stano Filko, Diango Hernández, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Július Koller, Robert Kusmirowski, Goshka Macuga, Joanna Malinowska & Christian Tomaszewski, David Maljkovic, Aleksandra Mir, Deimantas Narkevičius, Otolith Group, Tobias Putrih, Jane and Louise Wilson

How was the future imagined under Communism - and why is that vision so important to us today? These are the questions that Star City, named after the USSR's secret cosmonaut training base, sets out to explore.

It features the work of leading artists who grew up in the former Eastern Bloc and have emerged as international artists during the last decade - Althamer, Kusmirowski, Macuga, Mir. Star City also includes leading figures of the Eastern and Central European avant-garde from the 60s and 70s - Filko, Kabakov, Koller - together with other leading contemporary Western artists who have worked behind the former Iron Curtain - Jane and Louise Wilson, Otolith Group.

The 60s Space Race was a fierce propaganda battle between communism and capitalism, as much as a technological competition. Space in all its manifestations - technological, political, imaginary - is an important part of Star City.

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Kriegsspiel 2.0 : Immersion in the Age of the MiIitary Entertainment Complex
2010
Monnot Theatre, Beirut
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Kriegsspiel 2.0 : Immersion in the Age of the MiIitary Entertainment Complex

Drawing on examples from science-fiction cinema, video art and digital gaming, the presentation by Kodwo Eshun and Steve Goodman charted the field of immersive, vibrant and preemptive force deployed within contemporary gamespace.

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MANIFESTA 8: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
2010/11
Antiguo Cuartel de Artillería, Pabellón 1, Murcia
group exhibition
MANIFESTA 8: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

In past editions, Manifesta has often focused on the axis between the West and the former East bloc. The aim of Manifesta 8 was to engage with the north-south divide, specifically with Europe's present-day boundaries with northern Africa and its interrelations with the Maghreb region.

The south of Spain includes a blend of Islamic, Judaic and Christian cultural influences, co-existing for many centuries. Murcia and Cartagena were selected as host cities for Manifesta 8, largely as a result of the intertwining cultures in the region, its strategic location as a Mediterranean enclave and its particular character as an authentic melting pot whose cultural heritage includes Roman architecture (including the amphitheatre in Cartagena and its related museum designed by Rafael Moneo), Visigoth cities, Arab medinas, Baroque churches and Modernist architecture. Given the current international concerns about migration, refugee status, trans-nationalism and the new borders of Europe, both psychological and geographical, the Region of Murcia is a conceptual launching pad for contemporary art projects about how artists respond to these issues within a broader, historical context.

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Turner Prize 2010 publication
2010
Tate Britain, London
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Turner Prize 2010 publication

This publication accompanied the 2010 Turner Prize and highlights each of the four artists nominated, Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, The Otolith Group and Susan Philipsz.

229 x 167mm
32pp., 30 colour illustrations

Exhibition at Tate Britain,
5 October 2010 - 3 January 2011
Paperback
ISBN 9781854378392

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Bucharest Biennale 4
2010
Bucharest
group exhibition
Bucharest Biennale 4

Bucharest Biennale promote awareness and dissemination of the culture, particularly in the fields of the arts, by means of exchanges and cultural cooperation within Europe and beyond and is looking for strategies that would develop mutual understanding and offer insights from different perspectives.

BB aims to resolve the twofold problems of tradition and modernity, past and present, localism and global village, it strives to attain a balanced status between its aesthetic/artistic quality and popularity by overcoming the feeling of estrangement that the general public has towards the contemporary arts.

The Biennale is building a strong partnership between Bucharest - which is more than a city, it is a symbol of how political can be reflected in every aspect of life - and the Western Europe; it links to an universal problem - that does not take into consideration the geographical or historical context - the problem of resistance in daily life, of details and living as a way of living. BB is a structure able to transform the City itself into an ongoing workshop-cum-field of action.

Fundamentally, European culture has been the result of exchange - sometimes peaceful, other times violent - that have taken place between neighboring societies and between different social groups within a given state. These horizontal and vertical forms of cultural exchange occurred in many different manners: through imitation, assimilation, dissimulation, appropriation, through either mutual understanding or hegemonic dominance.

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The 11th Hour, Tang Contemporary
2010
Beijing, China
group exhibition
The 11th Hour, Tang Contemporary

BEIJING - Adjacent to the ice-clad mountains on the southwest border of China sits India, another civilization with ancient roots that is now ascending the global stage, drawing the attention of the world with the increasing influence of its culture, politics, art, and art market. The 11th Hour at Tang Contemporary is a group show of Indian contemporary artists made their China debut at Tang Contemporary gallery in Beijing's famed 798 Art District.

The show, curated by Shaheen Merali, the former director of Berlin's Hall of World Cultures and the 2006 Gwangju Biennial. The show featured works by Indian artists working in India, as well as by expatriates living around the world. "It is about the time, one hour until midnight, which is the very moment when people feel the most vulnerable, both mentally and physically," Shaheen explains of the show's title. "It raises the question - what are people thinking at this very moment?" The very last hour of the day seems to be when the tension of dealing with the pressing issues of today's world comes to a head for everyone.

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Hydra Decapita
2010
Manifesta 8, Spain
film
Hydra Decapita

Hydra Decapita: 32 minutes,HD,colour,sound

Commissioned by The Manifesta Foundation for Manifesta 8 and The Otolith Collective.

Shot in Cornwall and London
Editor: Simon Arazi
Sound Track: Tyler Friedman and Anjalika Sagar

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Par quatre chemins, Chris Marker
2010
Beirut, Lebanon
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Par quatre chemins, Chris Marker

A solo exhibition dedicated to the influential French artist and filmmaker Chris Marker. Marker is best known for his cinematic essays that explore the notions of truth, history, and memory, and that push the boundaries of the documentary.

The show at Beirut Art Center presented the following works by Marker Staring Back (2007), Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men (2005) and Immemory (1997). In addition to Mark's work The Otolith Group presented their work Inner Time of Television (2007), a collaboration with Chris Marker.

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Home Works V
2010
Beirut, Lebanon
group exhibition
Home Works V

For Homeworks V The Otolith Group were invited to participate with their performance of Communists Like Us (2006/10)

Home Works is a multidisciplinary platform that takes place in Beirut, Lebanon approximately every other year. Since its inception in 2002, Home Works has evolved into one of the most vibrant platforms for research and exchange on cultural and artistic practices in the region and beyond. Artists, cultural practitioners, writers, and thinkers gather for ten days in order to share their work which addresses a common set of urgent, timely questions.

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29th Bienal de Sao Paulo
2010
Sao Paulo, Brazil
group exhibition
29th Bienal de Sao Paulo

The 29th Bienal de Sao Paulo exhibition displayed works of art by approximately 160 artists from all over the world. The so-called national representations - a typical trait of the Bienal de Sao Paulo until recently - have been abolished as they no longer convey the complex network of migrations and cultural flows that characterize modern life. However, it is important for the 29th Bienal de Sao Paulo to emphasize the place and time in which it is organized: from Brazil and from a time of rapid geopolitical reorganization of the world.

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Outsider Films on India
2010
Tate Modern, London
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Outsider Films on India

This collection of films demonstrates the varying approaches taken by foreign filmmakers when engaging with India as a subject. These negotiations range from hybrid meldings of documentary and fiction, sensually abstract accounts of memory, and perverse journeys filled with Orientalist imagery. However divergent and antithetical, these captivating and bewildering films all strive towards making sense of the worlds outside of ourselves. Filmmakers include Marguerite Duras, Fritz Lang, Mark LaPore, the Otolith Group, Roberto Rossellini, Jack Smith, Alain Tanner & John Berger, and Leslie Thornton.

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Inner Time of Television
2010
London
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Inner Time of Television

The Inner Time of Television is the companion book to the Otolith Group's exhibition of Chris Marker's The Owl's Legacy.

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Play for Today: Cornelius Cardew Conference
2009
ICA, London
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Play for Today: Cornelius Cardew Conference

The final weekend of Calling Out Of Context focuses on the legacy of the British composer and activist Cornelius Cardew (1936-81), a figure who helped question artistic boundaries in the 1960s, but whose politics brought him back to more traditional and accessible forms of music-making in the 1970s.


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Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure
2009
The Women's Library, London
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Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure

Curated by Anna Colin
Produced by Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with The Women's Library.

Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure presented four perspectives on the relationship between women and the archive in contemporary artistic production. Artists, collectives and researchers using archives as source material or constituting archives as their primary activity were invited to present their rarely shown collections of photographs, videos and audio recordings around women of artistic, social and political importance. Issues of provenance, methodology, property and historicisation were addressed throughout the afternoon via presentations, screenings, performances and a panel discussion.

This event was devised as part of The Street, a year-long series of artists' commissions by the Whitechapel Gallery on and around Wentworth Street. Women and the Archive: A Partial Disclosure was organised in partnership with The Women's Library.

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In The Court of The Image
2009
The Showroom
film and presentation
In The Court of The Image

In The Court of The Image was an event curated by The Otolith Group and held at The Showroom as part of A Long Time Between Suns Part II on 22 September 2009.



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Anomalies: From Nature to The Future
2009
Rossi and Rossi Gallery, London
group exhibition
Anomalies: From Nature to The Future

Anomalies: From Nature to The Future was curated by the Indian artist Jaishri Abichandani who now lives in New York. Anomalies will differ from other recent exhibitions that have attempted to define Indian or South Asian art. It includes the work of fourteen South Asian women artists, the majority of whom were born or live in the UK or US, and consequently their work occupies a complex position rooted in familiar urban aesthetics while referencing multiple visual traditions. Arriving from disparate points of origin, the work presented in this exhibition is representational, and examines the intersections of human nature, human interaction with nature and science fiction.

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THE OLD BRAND NEW How new is neo, and does 'retro' bring renewal?
2009
De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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THE OLD BRAND NEW How new is neo, and does 'retro' bring renewal?

In the arts, the concept 'new' is an ideal as well as a curse. The avant-garde has been declared dead and 'the cult of the new' is past its peak. The pursuit of absolute originality and total innovation has given way to concepts such as remix and postproduction, eclecticism and syncretism. Is 'new' still permitted, how new is neo, how innovative is retro? By looking at the term 'new' in the light of 'old' subjects such as virtuosity, beauty, knowledge and entertainment, the lecture series THE OLD BRAND NEW proposes to free 'new' of its stale image and present it in its full complexity.



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A Long Time Between Suns Part II
2009
The Showroom, London
solo exhibition
A Long Time Between Suns Part II

A two-venue solo exhibition by The Otolith Group.

A Long Time Between Suns was produced by Gasworks and The Showroom and took place in two parts: Part I at Gasworks and Part II at The Showroom.

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The Image in Question II
2009
ICA, London
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The Image in Question II

The Image in Question is a series of screening-events that explore the histories and potentials of the essayistic. Initiated by The Otolith Group at The Showroom in September 2009, elaborated at the ICA in dialogue with Jacques Ranciere in February 2010, three roundtable discussions were also hosted by The Otolith Group during their Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain.

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Universal Code
2009
Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
group exhibition
Universal Code

Artists have long been fascinated with the origin and nature of the universe. Timed to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy, the exhibition 'Universal Code' presents responses from a broad range of contemporary artists to cosmology and ideas of the universal in our current information age, a time of significant scientific and technological development as well as rampant globalization.

- Gregory Burke [Curator Universal Code]



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Imag(in)ing_(Hi)storytelling, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
2009
Madrid, Spain
group exhibition
Imag(in)ing_(Hi)storytelling, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo

The Imagining_Writing History exhibition is designed to complement and reinforce the issues that will be addressed during the international seminar. It also provides an opportunity to present a dialogue between a selection of works by the artists participating in the lectures, pieces from the CA2M Collection and historic works from the collection owned by the Regional Government of Madrid. Comprising a rich variety of visual and conceptual themes and resonances, the exhibition is articulated around the following issues: image in the formation of memory and history, as a space of presence and absence, as a field of thought; image as the place of family and domestic history, and its fortune as something that makes history, is placed in a museum; image as the origin of new, voiceless histories, as a review of official Histories; the historical document as a place of the imagination; the image re-organised: editing and the film structure as a vehicle for histories.


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Identitätshüllen
2009
Alte Fabrik and Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil
group exhibition
Identitätshüllen

Fictitious characters created by artists' groups are the point for departure for the fourth exhibition. These characters provide a shell for the discourse and opinions of each group. The members of the group themselves are not in the foreground. The situation is analogous to that of craftsmen who do not sign their work. In addition to works by artists' groups the exhibition also features illustrated books, prints, objects and toys of varying date from the Robinson Library, which is part of the Peter and Elizabeth Bosshard Collection. The exhibition takes place simultaneously at Alte Fabrik and at Kunst(Zeug)Haus.

p41 Correspondances, KURATOR 2009

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A Long Time Between Suns Part I
2009
Gasworks, London
solo exhibition
A Long Time Between Suns Part I

A two-venue solo exhibition by The Otolith Group.

A Long Time Between Suns was produced by Gasworks and The Showroom and took place in two parts: Part I at Gasworks and Part II at The Showroom.

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The Status of Difference
2009
Tate Britain, London
screening
The Status of Difference

In this special screening and lecture performance, The Otolith Group present Nervus Rerum (2008), a film that uses sound, image and text to explore the scarred landscape of Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine.

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India Highway Public Programme
2009
Serpentine Gallery and The Nehru Centre, London, UK
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India Highway Public Programme

The first presentation of Communists Like Us as part of the Serpentine Gallery's India Highway Public Programme in February 2009. The performance marked the first of 11 events that ran alongside A Long Time Between Suns, The Otolith Group's first solo exhibition in the UK.




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Audio Poverty
2009
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
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Audio Poverty

A weekend of Discussions and Lectures, Concerts and Parties, Performances and Experiments


February 6-8, 2009
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Curators: Ekkehard Ehlers and Björn Gottstein

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Otolith III
2009
London
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Otolith III

UK 2009
HD Video, 48 mins, Colour, Sound.

Otolith III takes The Alien, the unrealised screenplay of the legendary Bengali director Satyajit Ray, as its point of departure. Written in 1967, The Alien would have been the first science fiction film to be set in contemporary India. Otolith III returns to 1967 to propose an alternative trajectory in which the fictional protagonists of The Alien attempt to seize the means of production in order to create the conditions for their existence as images.

Filmed in London, Otolith III is an experiment in temporal and geographical displacement which The Group call a premake, a remake of a film before the original.


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Communists Like Us
2009
London
film and presentation
Communists Like Us

Communists Like Us
Colour, Sound, 32mins (2006/10)


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Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema
2009 - present
London
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Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema

Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema was conceived and programmed by The Otolith Group in collaboration with The Showroom as an ongoing series of experiments with the format of the film screening and the habits of spectatorship.




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Compendium, Temple Bar Gallery
2009
Dublin
group exhibition
Compendium, Temple Bar Gallery

Colin Crotty (IRL) Dan Hays (GB) Anne Kelly (IRL) Dennis McNulty (IRL) Padraic E.Moore (IRL) The Otolith Group (GB) Peter Saville (GB)

"We shall never reach a moment when the phrase 'This is a story about....' ceases to fascinate or enchant." (Richard Kearney)

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios presents Compendium, a group show of new and recent work by artists based in Ireland and the UK. The title, meaning 'a collection, something compiled, a body of knowledge', is intentionally nostalgic, evoking memories of book or box collections, usually of stories, games or comic book fictions gathered together to inform or entertain. Compendium, the exhibition, is a compilation of artworks, each one selected for its strong storyline, narrative references or anecdotal content. The place of narrative in contemporary visual art practice is explored by artists using a diverse range of media (painting, drawing, text, film sculpture, image and sound). Together, the works form a repository of fictions, recollections and recreations. Remembrance and imagination are central to how the narratives are related and configured, but the transformation occurs in how (and to whom) the tales are told.

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Becoming Dutch
2008
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
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Becoming Dutch

The word caucus derives from a term for a Native American practice in which a community comes together to discuss the future and to vote, constituting a very pragmatic form of democracy. Becoming Dutch has chosen to take this concept as inspiration for their three-week interdisciplinary programme.

From November 9 to December 6 Eindhoven will host a unique series of events in which artists, curators, philosophers and other creative thinkers from around the world will gather in the Van Abbemuseum to work, debate and engage in a dialogue about art and its relationships with identity, diversity, culture and society.

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Nervus Rerum
2008
Jenin Refugee Camp
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Nervus Rerum

Nervus Rerum
HDV, Colour Sound, 32mins 59secs, 2008.

Nervus Rerum is an essay film shot in Jenin Refugee Camp in the Palestinian Occupied Territories in 2008.

This work was commissioned by Homeworks 4, The Shanghai Biennial 2008, The British Council in Beirut and The Otolith Collective.

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Between the Images Imaginable Experiences for Future Memories, IASPIS
2008
Stockholm, Sweden
group exhibition
Between the Images Imaginable Experiences for Future Memories, IASPIS

Chantal Akerman, John Akomfrah, Guy Ben-Ner, James Benning, Wang Bing, Black Audio Film Collective / Reece Auguiste, Magnus Bartas, Joanna Davis / Mary Pat Leece, Nanna Debois Buhl, Andrea Faciu, Harun Farocki, Ion Grigorescu, Ivan Grubanov, Emma Hedditch, Daniel Knorr, Runo Lagomarsino, The Otolith Group, Lukasz Ronduda, Annika Ruth Persson, Anri Sala, Hedwig Saxenhuber, Ines Schaber, Miri Segal, Simon Sheikh, Fernando E. Solanas / Octavio Getino, VALIE EXPORT and Alex Villar

When can we talk about the photographic and moving image as an agent? How can the image act and function in a time when many visual strategies have been disarmed or canonized?

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ICO Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema - Protest
2008
National Cinemas
film programme
ICO Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema - Protest

In 2008 The Otolith Group was invited by The Independent Cinema Office to curate one of six themed programmes of artists' films, including newly restored classics and influential gems that have blazed a trail through the visual arts, fashion, music and design.

Drawing on a wide range of practices from across the world, the Essentials programmes presented revelatory and ground-breaking works, which have influenced countless artists and films since throughout 20th century.

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Now Showing
2008
Southbank Centre, London
group exhibition
Now Showing

Now Showing presents a cross section of film and video that allows us to measure the current concerns of artists today who are working in the field of the moving image. The 1990s saw a blossoming of video in exhibitions and the development of certain orthodoxies. Often videos were made to be sampled for a few minutes within the context of a larger exhibition where the audience was predicted to move on quickly to another work. There was also a deliberate lo-fi quality to many works, a reaction to the gloss and surface of television and Hollywood film.

- Francis McKee

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Manifesto Marathon: Manifestos for the 21st Century
2008
Serpentine Gallery, London
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Manifesto Marathon: Manifestos for the 21st Century

Manifesto Marathon, the third in the Serpentine Gallery's acclaimed series of Marathon events, takes place in the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, designed by Frank Gehry. Manifesto Marathon comes at a time when artists are working less in formal groups and defined artistic movements. The Marathon showcases a new generation of artists alongside practitioners from the worlds of literature, design, science, philosophy, music and film who are returning to the historical notion of the manifesto. The Manifesto Marathon draws on the Serpentine Gallery's close proximity to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, which has been used as a platform by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris, among many others.

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7th Shanghai Biennale
2008
Shanghai
group exhibition
7th Shanghai Biennale

Theme: Translocalmotion

Our era sees an unprecedented scale of urban growth, especially in the developing world. In this process, cities grow in number, urban populations increase in size, and the proportion of the population living in urban areas rises. Urbanization is often the result of socio-economic development as an agricultural society transitions to a modern one. The theme of the 2010 Shanghai World Exposition, "Better city, better life",? testifies to the importance of the reform and urban development agenda to China's rise in the twenty-first century.

The curatorial team of the 2008 edition proposes to focus on people and their conditions in the dynamic urban space. The Biennale reflects on the socio-economic and cultural implications of urbanization on both the local and global levels, including the issues of migration and identity. It investigates the spatial and social boundaries between the rural and urban populations, migrants and citizens, guests and hosts. Is the fruitful interaction between them possible? Can cities make our life better?


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A Long Time Between Suns artists book
2008
London
publication
A Long Time Between Suns artists book

A Long Time Between Suns has been edited as an archival assemblage that linked the two stages of the exhibition at Gasworks (February 15 - April 5, 2009) and The Showroom (September 8 - October 25, 2009). During the exhibition at The Showroom areas of the space were configured to facilitate the final stages of the book's production.

For more information please visit:
www.sternberg-press.com

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SANTHAL FAMILY: positions around an Indian sculpture, Mukha
2008
Antwerp, Belgium
group exhibition
SANTHAL FAMILY: positions around an Indian sculpture, Mukha

In 2008 The Otolith Group were invited by curator Grant Watson to take part in the Santhal Family - Positions around an Indian sculpture. The Group presented Otolith II in a distinct environment designed by the artist Goshka Macuga.


SANTHAL FAMILY positions around an Indian sculpture is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that takes as its point of departure Santhal Family, a work made by Indian artist Ramkinkar Baij in 1938.

01.02-04.05.08
MuHKA
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

with work by: Ramkinkar Baij, Santanu Bose, Matti Braun, Calcutta Art Research, Ritwik Ghatak, Sheela Gowda, Boran Handsa, N.S. Harsha, Reba Hore, I.P.T.A., Kerala Radicals [inc. Anita Dube, C.K. Rajan, K.R. Karunakaran, Alex Mathew, Reghunadhan K., Jyothi Basu, K.P. Krishnakumar], Valsan Koorma Kolleri, K.P. Krishnakumar, Goshka Macuga, Melvin Moti, Meera Mukherjee, The Otolith Group, Sudhir Patwardhan, Juan Perez Agirregoikoa, Ashim Purkayastha, C.K. Rajan, N.N. Rimzon, Raqs Media Collective, Ravi Shah, Vivan Sundaram, Klaus Weber.

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Film as a Critical Practice
2007
Office for Contmeporary Art, Oslo
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Film as a Critical Practice

This two-day seminar and additional screening programme organized by Marta Kuzma, Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), brings together artists, critics and theorists to discuss "film as a critical practice" by looking into the political and psychoanalytic dimension of film.

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2nd Riwaq Biennale
2007
Ramallah, Palestine
group exhibition
2nd Riwaq Biennale

In 2007 The Otolith Group were invited by the curator Charles Esche to take part in The Riwaq Biennial, a journey to Palestine. Their concept was a radical shake-up of the biennale concept, the Riwaq Biennale did not consist of any large-scale, central exhibitions. Instead, it offered a series of curated conversations and interactions between Palestinian and international artists, architects, Planners, conservationists, curators, and theorists. Through this deliberate omission, the Riwaq curatorial team aimed to provide an alternative vision to challenge the perceptions and expectations of what a biennale can be.

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1st Athens Biennale: Destroy Athens
2007
Athens, Greece
group exhibition
1st Athens Biennale: Destroy Athens

A story, though is not a dissertation. A story may be a story about a rupture in the same way that it can be a story about anything. A story is something which happens to a subject, to a potential 'someone'. A story can face the question: what if all is not going to be alright? What if someone decides to try their luck, to raise their voice, to engage in conflict, to abolish consent, to destroy Athens? Let us, then, come to the monsters.

Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, Augustine Zanakos, Destroy Athens in 1st Athens Biennal 2007: Destroy Athens, edited by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, Augustine Zanakos and Theophilos Tramboulis, 2007
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Otolith II
2007
London
film
Otolith II

In 2006 The Otolith were commissioned by the Dutch curatorial platform If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Kunsten Festival Des Arts and Argos in Bruseels, and Casco Projects in Utrecht to develop the next episode in the Otolith Trilogy.

The work was developed over one year with a series of events that explored our research and methodology. The Video was filmed in Dharavi in Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra, in Chandigargh in the state of Punjab and in London.

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The Otolith Group at ARGOS
2007
ARGOS, Brussels
solo exhibition
The Otolith Group at ARGOS

In its first floor exhibition space argos will present the film Otolith I, by the Otolith Group. The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by the artist Anjalika Sagar and the cultural theorist Kodwo Eshun, who collaborated with the artist Richard Couzins to make Otolith I. The film essay probes the potency of archival images, exploring the poeticisation of mediated memory. Taking its name from otoliths, the minute particles found in the inner ear that help us to balance and to navigate our way across space, the film aims at reorienting our perceptions of the world by weaving personal and public histories together into a meditation upon the persistence of utopian aspirations.

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Notes On Archives
2007
Galarie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna
group exhibition
Notes On Archives

Historical archives are an important and self evident part of the collective memory in modernity. In our cultural understanding, the archive, as a site of normative orders, statements and modes of perception often remains unmarked. How can historical events be represented and bought into a narrative form that directly relates the the present?



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Otolith II, Casco
2007
Utrecht, Holland.
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Otolith II, Casco

Dutch premier of Otolith II co-produced by kunstenfestivaldesarts, Argos Centre for art and Media and If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution/Huis & Festival aan de Werf

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Imagine Action
2007
Lisson Gallery, London
group exhibition
Imagine Action

Imagine Action, a group show curated by Emily Pethick, looks at the space between the individual and the social, bringing together artists that work with a consciousness of social and political relations, spaces and narratives.


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You Have Not Been Honest
2007
Museo D'Arte Donnaregina (MADRE), Naples, Italy
group exhibition
You Have Not Been Honest

The Otolith Group's Otolith (2003) has a... confident if no less subjective narrator. As a smorgasbord of images and film stocks roll past, the narrator sifts 'ageing meda from the tense present of the last century. Looking for the critical points...' Collaging and commenting on a range of material evidence, the artists push forward an activist agenda as they explore the pull that images and historical legacy exert on the present...here the narrator's soothing tone is an important unifying element over the images and background soundtrack.


Polly Staple, You Have Not Been Honest in You Have Not Been Honest: Contemporary film and video from the UK, British Council, 2007, p.04

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Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video
2007
New York
group exhibition
Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video

This exhibition, the second of the International Center of Photography's triennial surveys of contemporary photography and video, features forty artists from fourteen countries whose works address the urgent challenges arising from global environmental change...Some of the exhibition's most striking works propose alternative futures for the earth and its inhabitants, prodding us to imagine the consequences of human and natural interaction as this new century unfolds. Any notion of 'ecotopia' or ecological utopia, involves an anticipation of the future, and the
works presented here engage visions that are both sobering and idealistic. In offering a host of provocative perspectives on humanity's relation
to nature, Ecotopia constitutes a collective response by visual artists to the crisis of the environment.

Adapted from Curatorial Statement, Brian Wallis, Edward Earle, Carole Squiers, Christopher Phillips, Joanna Lehan, ICP Triennial curators.

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Summit - non-aligned initiatives in education culture.
2007
Berlin
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Summit - non-aligned initiatives in education culture.

Two weeks before the 2007's G-8 meeting, a wide range of projects, initiatives and protagonists from the fields of art, culture and political activism had gathered in Berlin for "SUMMIT non- aligned initiatives in education culture." SUMMIT was a forum for questioning and changing some of the fundamental terms of the debate around education, knowledge production and information society.

Beyond the widespread lament about the crisis in education, there are numerous initiatives converging around "education." Recognizing that education is equally a platform for cultural actualization and self organization, these initiatives range from free academies and exhibitions as educational modes to ad-hoc initiatives within social, political and cultural organizations. Parallel to these developments, many initiatives are taking place within or at the margins of institutions that work against the grain of their official modes and expand, rather than defy, existing aims.


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Inner Time of Television
2007 - present
Athens,London, Beirut, Barcelona
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Inner Time of Television

A collaboration between Chris Marker and The Otolith Group.






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Enthusiasm
2006
Resonance 104.4fm radio booth at the Frieze Art Fair, London
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Enthusiasm

A series of radio programmes curated by Sarah Pierce and Grant Watson, broadcast from the Resonance 104.4fm radio booth at the Frieze Art Fair, London, 11am - 12pm daily. The curators worked with the diverse possibilities of radio, so that discussions are interspersed with related sound elements, such as performances, music, readings and audio works by artists.



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Space Soon
2006
London
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Space Soon

SPACE SOON: Art and Human Spaceflight

Aleksandra Mir, N55, Neal White, London Fieldworks, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Laurie Anderson, Michelle Griffiths, Jane & Louise Wilson, Semiconductor, Kodwo Eshun

The Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1

09/09/2006 - 13/09/2006

"We are all already in Space... "

This was Buckminster Fuller's reported response to the first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin. Artists - caught between fascination and repulsion by the new millennial push to Mars and return to the Moon - are still trying to decode the manual to Spaceship Earth.

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If I Can't Dance I Don't Want to be a Part of Your Revolution
2006
Festival a/d Werf Utrecht and De Appel, Amsterdam
group exhibition
If I Can't Dance I Don't Want to be a Part of Your Revolution

If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution produces art works and thematic programmes. Departing from a spirit of open questioning and long term enquiry with artists, If I Can't Dance is dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art.



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Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema
2006
Queen Mary, London
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Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema

PSi #12: Performing Rights focuses on questions of performance and human rights and is composed of two distinct but related programmes: a Conference and a series of Manifestations

The PSi #12 Conference is a programme of plenary sessions, papers, panels and dialogues organised by academics, artists and activists who are making and researching performance that declares its interest and intent within the field of human rights. Around the world, performance-based research and projects both challenge the ways in which human rights are kept distant from the everyday situations in which abuse and discrimination operate, and are a means by which human rights can be understood as part of evolving cultural and political processes. The PSi #12 Conference will attempt to reflect these processes and further their impact through a provocative mix of practice and discourse. Over 400 participants from over 30 countries are attending the conference.

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Travelling is Impossible
2006
Cinema Empire Sofil, Beirut
film programme
Travelling is Impossible

Travelling is Impossible: Harun, Kodwo and I

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan presents a four-day program of film screenings and discussions.

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Be silent, for the ears of the god are everywhere
2006
London
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Be silent, for the ears of the god are everywhere

Be silent, for the ears of the god are everywhere
video, colour, sound, 11min 13 seconds, 2006.

Commissioned by Fundacion Biacs for the 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville, Be Silent for the ears of the God are everywhere explores the demand for a space of safety that exists outside of disagreement. A space of self-institutionalised intimacy and proximity where those who self-identify as virtuous gather together under the sign of the Guru.




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Otolith Timeline
2006
London
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Otolith Timeline

UK 2006
Video
30 mins, Colour, Sound

Otolith Timeline situates The Otolith Trilogy in a speculative history of the 20th and 21st Century.

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Preparations I-VI
2006
London
photography
Preparations I-VI

The titles of Preparations I - V1 (2006) are drawn from The Wonderful Forms of Different Nations, Book 7 Chapter 2 of Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis. Each image constitutes an episode from an occluded history of communist friendship, reimagined as a confederacy of monstrous angelhood. In its entirety, the series constitutes a redreaming of political alignment and elective affinity.

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Just In Time
2006
Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland NL
group exhibition
Just In Time

'Just in Time' presents the proposals for the annual Municipal Art Acquisitions. This year the focus is on the visual arts. For the first time, the concept of the exhibition was placed in the hands of a guest curator: Maxine Kopsa.

As part of the exhibition Just in Time (Gemeenteaankopen 2006), 'If I Can't Dance...' has been invited to propose a contribution, responding to the question posed by the curator Maxine Kopsa: 'what is necessary'? Our answer was evidently 'feminism', more precisely 'global feminism'. With: The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar & Kodwo Eshun) and a selection from the archive of the Stedelijk Museum CS.

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Philip
2006
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
group exhibition
Philip

PHILIP is a novel written by Heman Chong (SI), Cosmin Costinas (RO), Rosemary Heather (CAN), Francis McKee (IRL), David Reinfurt (USA), Steve Rushton (UK/NL), Leif Magne Tangen (NO) and Mark Aerial Waller (UK)

PHILIP was also an exhibition consisting of an ongoing programme of shorts by Dara Birnbaum, Juha van Ingen, Tina Keane, George Melies, Anthony Lucas, Otolith Group and Semiconductor and screenings of Samuel Beckett's "Film" every day at 3PM.

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2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville
2006
Seville, Spain
group exhibition
2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville

The purpose of the exhibition is to reveal through the powerful symbols of language, images, objects, and schematic actions those machineries that decimate and erode social, economic, and political networks, and in so doing, seek a return to the logic of totalization. In its exhibitionary address, The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society tracks the constant transformation of modes of recognition into modes of non-recognition by these machineries and their totalizing logics. The exhibition inquires into the upgrading of codes of defamiliarization, the eradication, dimunition and threats to neighborliness.

Okwui Enwezor, The Unhomely in The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society: 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville, edited by Okwui Enwezor, BIACS, 2006, p.13




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Tate Triennial 2006, New British Art
2006
Tate Britain, London
group exhibition
Tate Triennial 2006, New British Art

In current art production there is a distinct tendency towards the reusing or recasting of cultural materials, whether from art history, film, music, architecture and design or from theoretical and socio-political domains. Such an approach encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and performance. This Tate Triennal has therefore been configured around the themes of appropriation and repetition. While these are well-recognised strategies most commonly associated with postmodernism, the Tate Triennial identifies a significant reinvigoration and transformation of such processes in curent practices. Artists today are forging new ways of making sense of reality, reworking ideas of authenticity, directness and social relevance, looking again into art practices that emerged in the previous century.

Beatrix Ruf, Revised Narrations, Tate Triennal 2006: New British Art, Tate Publishing, 2006, p.11

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Subcontingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art
2006
Foundazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
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Subcontingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art

A subcontingent is a detachment, a group both separate from and related to a larger unit, which is sent out into the world to undertake a specific task. This show aspires to disturb the stable idea of a claim to a Supra-Subcontinental cultural identity. The subtitle "The Indian Subcontinent in Indian Contemporary Art" emphasises an approach in which the relationships between art production and geographical area are inverted: we are not presenting art form the areas but the paradox of an area (conceived as a conceptual space) metaphorically "invading" the delimited discourse of contemporary art.

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To what extent should an artist understand the implications of his or her findings?
2006
Project Arts Centre, The Model Arts and Niland Gallery
group exhibition
To what extent should an artist understand the implications of his or her findings?

A project by Bojan Sarcevic

In response to an invitation to work with Project and The Model Arts & Niland Gallery, the artist Bojan Sarcevic has proposed the following question: To what extent should an artist understand the implication of his or her findings?



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Necessary Journeys
2005
Tate Modern, London
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Necessary Journeys

'The gift of travel has been enabling for me in the same way that it has been enabling for those writers in the British tradition, those in the African diasporan tradition, and those in the Caribbean tradition, many of whom have found it necessary to move in order that they might reaffirm for themselves the fact that dual and multiple affiliations feed our constantly fluid sense of self.'
- Caryl Phillips

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Home Works III
2005
Beirut, Lebanon
group exhibition
Home Works III

In 2005, The Otolith Group was invited by curator Christine Tohme to present Otolith I during Homeworks III: A Forum on Cultural Practices taking place in Beirut from November 17 - 24, 2005. This invitation marked the start of an ongoing association between The Otolith Group, Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts and a number of contemporary Beirut based artists.

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[prologue] new feminism/new europe
2005
Cornerhouse, Manchester
group exhibition
[prologue] new feminism/new europe

[prologue] new feminism/new europe is a radical and witty exhibition by female artists examining the complex social, economic and cultural position of women in the new Europe, addressing prejudice against the word 'feminist' through art and media. Over 25 artists, from 17 countries present interactive installations, film, video, photography, sculpture, sound works, live-art and interventions revealing the new socio-economic position of women in Europe, their changing lifestyles and how these issues affect their political force...

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Black Science: Visions of the Future
2004
Space - The Triangle, London
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Black Science: Visions of the Future

Film, music and dialogue to celebrate Afrofuturism, bohemianism and science fiction within black culture

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Late at Tate Britain: Black History Month
2004
Tate Britain, London
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Late at Tate Britain: Black History Month


Friday 1 October 2004, 18.00-21.00
Part of Black History Month

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A Free State
2004
British Museum, London
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A Free State

A free state: a place, a time, a temperature, where, under certain conditions, a space of possibility is built, word by word, image by image, face to face.

Kodwo Eshun - The Exile of Our Longing

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FLY UTOPIA
2004
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
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FLY UTOPIA

transmediale.04 explores the utopian potential of contemporary art practice in the field of digital culture. the festival focuses on art made by means of digital technologies, and on art that reflects on the social, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of new technologies. tm.04 tests the utopias associated with these technologies and explores artistic responses to the utopias and dystopias of the information age. The festival remains suspended between the promise of hope, and the resignation that there is no hope. Fly Utopia! is thus both a call for justified optimism, and a call for overcoming pessimism in the face of contemporary utopias, or the absence thereof.

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Our House is a House That Moves
2003/06
Touring, Reykjavik, Ljubljana and Graz
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Our House is a House That Moves

Ursula Berlot
Ilana Halperin
Edi Hila
Tim Knowles
Aydan Murtezaolu
The Otolith Group
Tobias Putrih
Steven Rand
Rubedo & The Young Gods
Egill Sćbjörnsson
Einar Thorsteinn
Sislej Xhafa

Curator: Natasa Petresin

2006
April 8 - May 7: OUR HOUSE IS A HOUSE THAT MOVES. Living Art Museum. Reykjavik, Iceland.


2004
May 7 - June 11: OUR HOUSE IS A HOUSE THAT MOVES, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia. [Cat]

2003
Oct 24 - Dec 9: OUR HOUSE IS A HOUSE THAT MOVES, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria.

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Otolith I
2003
London
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Otolith I

In November 2002, The Otolith Group initiated a collaboration with artist Richard Couzins that resulted in the collectively directed work Otolith I. Otolith I was commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and The Mir Consortium: The Arts Catalyst, London, Projekt Atol, Ljubljana, Association Leonardo/Olats, Paris,Multimedia Complex for the Actual Arts, Moscow and V_2 Organisation for Unstable Media, Rotterdam. Otolith I was filmed in February and April 2003. In February, The Group participated in and filmed the demonstration in London protesting against the impending invasion of Iraq by the Coalition of the Willing. In April, The Group participated and filmed experiments undertaken within the context of the Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research Campaign hosted by The Mir Consortium at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Zvezdny Gorodok/Star City, outside Moscow.

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