Fukushima and Visual Inquiry
2017
Arts Catalyst
curated programme
Fukushima and Visual Inquiry

A special screening of 4 Buildings Facing The Sea, 2012, Machine to Machine, 2013, and Fovea Centralis, 2014, by video artist Philippe Rouy, whose work offers a profound examination of the Fukushima disaster and of the subsequent inquiry that has accompanied the aftermath.

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Artists' responses to the Fukushima Disaster
2017
Arts Catalyst
curated programme
Artists' responses to the Fukushima Disaster

The Otolith Collective and the curatorial collective Don't Follow The Wind curate an evening of screenings of artists' films responding to the Fukushima disaster as part of Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima at Arts Catalyst,

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Climates of Fiction: Cinemas from the Capitalocene
2017
The Institute of Light
curated programme
Climates of Fiction: Cinemas from the Capitalocene

In the geological age of corporate extractivism that many activists now call the Capitalocene rather than the depoliticized name of the Anthropocene, environmental destruction diffuses across localities in differential impacts that confuse human-centered senses of scale and causality.

Climates of Fiction: Cinemas from the Capitalocene assembles works by filmmakers and artists that explore the encounters and entanglements between the Earth, the planet and the world.

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Pan African Space Station
2016
OBA Central Library, Amsterdam
curated programme
Pan African Space Station

Pan African Space Station (PASS)

OBA Central Library, Amsterdam

Sunday 11 to Thusrday 15 December
2.00pm - 8.00pm

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The Pan African Space Station, will land in and transmit from the OBA Central Library in Amsterdam.

Launched in 2008 by Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a periodic, pop-up live studio; a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive, and an internet based radio station.

PASS will present a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews and events with Chimurenga collaborators in Amsterdam including musicians, journalists, writers, curators and filmmakers.


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Genres of the Human
2016
The Showroom
curated programme
Genres of the Human

Kodwo Eshun in conversation with Louis Chude-Sokei and Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom

In his widely acclaimed books, lectures, essays and articles, writer and literary theorist Louis Chude-Sokei has embarked upon a far reaching excavation of the histories of black encounters with technology.

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An Endless Suddenness: Thinking with music that resists resistance
2016
Open School East
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An Endless Suddenness: Thinking with music that resists resistance

A public workshop and listening session with theorist and poet Fred Moten and The Otolith Collective presented with Open School East.

Recent debates conducted in the UK between journalists and musicians on the state of black British music articulate an inchoate anxiety over its supposed eclipse of protest and its presumed burial of any politics of resistance. These laments have provoked counter-responses that refute the grounds of the former by nominating tracks such as Shutdown or Street Politician by grime MCs such as Skepta and Novelist which exemplify and amplify the affective tone of political antagonism in Britain today. In the US, and at the same time, critics and fans have argued over whether recordings such as Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly or D' Angelo's Black Messiah succeed in intensifying and dramatizing the general disturbance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as it has instituted itself from 2014 onwards.

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Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series. Lecture 2. The Final Scene of Hyenas: A Fable of Fatal Incorporation
2016
The Showroom
curated programme
Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series. Lecture 2. The Final Scene of Hyenas: A Fable of Fatal Incorporation

The Otolith Collective and The Showroom present The Final Scene of Hyenas: A Fable of Fatal Incorporation, the second lecture in the Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series.

Hyenas tends to be characterised as a 'biting satire of today's Africa' that has betrayed the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. A reading such as this interprets Hyenas as an Afropessimist fabulation of the formation of the neocolony in which the victory of materialism over self-determination is staged as the subsumption of Pan-Africanist morality by the modernity of the International Monetary Fund.

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Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series. Lecture 1: Laingian Science Fiction
2016
The Showroom
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Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series. Lecture 1: Laingian Science Fiction

The Otolith Collective and The Showroom present Laingian Science Fiction, the first lecture in the Continental Afrofutures Lecture Series.

It is often pointed out that the Africanity in Afrofuturism takes no account of the invention or the production of African futures. That the Afrofuturisms formulated during the 1990s and resurgent in the 21st Century, were and are elaborated as Afrodiasporic projects by practitioners in the UK and the USA. The constraints of Afrofuturism, then and now, therefore obliges continental practitioners to either adapt the term to take account of the specificity of African futures or to invent a new concept capable of grasping the range of contemporary practices across the continent that seek to invent the future.


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The Pop Group, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?
2016
Rough Trade East
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The Pop Group, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?

Kodwo Eshun and Mark Fisher in conversation with The Pop Group in-store at Rough Trade East for this very special Q&A event and signing.

The Pop Group's 'For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?' was one of the most challenging records of the post-punk era. The album and its reception reflected the fraught debates about the relationship between music and politics which convulsed post-punk, and which continue to haunt us now.


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The old is dying and the new cannot be born: states, strategies, socialisms
2015
School of Oriental & African Studies, London
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The old is dying and the new cannot be born: states, strategies, socialisms

12th Annual Historical Materialism Conference

As austerity tightens its grip around the throats of the peoples of Europe, but also rears its ugly head in Brazil and elsewhere, we are forced to recognize that it is not the mere by product of the economic crisis but a political project in its own right, one whose aim is to deepen and consolidate the most uncompromising forms of neoliberal capitalism.

It cannot be said that this project has hitherto been met with passivity, even if social movements of resistance have been mostly far from strong enough to halt its advance. Yet something is perhaps beginning to change, namely the emergence of counter-austerity projects that have pitched themselves at a political - even electoral or governmental -level.


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Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to today
2015
Whitechapel Gallery
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Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to today

Artists' moving image practice is activated by the context of the gallery, by temporary architectural environments, the cinema and the internet, and by social and political performance. Over the last few decades, this kind of artistic practice - which has its roots in film, performance and installation art - has become a phenomenon in its own right.

British artists and institutions have played a pioneering role in this history. From the filmmaking co-ops of the 1970s to recent exercises in digital manipulation, UK-based artists have been at the forefront of artistic experimentation, distribution, and exhibition.

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African Futures
2015
Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
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African Futures

What does the African future look like? How do artists and academics imagine this future? What forms and narratives of science fiction have African artists developed? What connections to Afrofuturism can be found in Africa today? These are just some of the questions "African Futures - Science Fiction in Africa" addresses within the scope of its key topic "Creating the Future - The Cultural Perspective".

Envisaging a future and presenting this impulse was often considered to be a symbol of liberty. While Afrofuturism originated primarily in the diaspora in the USA, and is associated with artists such as Sun Ra, George Clinton and Octavia Butler, "African Futures" is dedicated to the current artistic exploration of Africa's future on the continent itself and internationally.


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The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice
2015
Tensta konsthall, Sweden
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The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice

The Eros Effect: Art, Solidarity Movements and the Struggle for Social Justice.The symposium forms the starting point of a multi-year inquiry into the relationship between art and solidarity movements, performed in a series of commissions, exhibitions, workshops, presentations, and film screenings. Faced with fascist parties gaining ground in Europe and an increasingly tough social climate, we see the necessity to return to the notion of solidarity in order to try its validity today. Will solidarity still be relevant in the future, or is it a historical concept? Do we need to find new ways to describe the political movements of today and their struggles, sympathies, and commitments? What does recognizing the urgency of a situation imply, and how do we act upon it?

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Pan African Space Station
2015
The Showroom
curated programme
Pan African Space Station

Pan African Space Station (PASS)

Broadcasting live from
The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London
NW8 8PQ

Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 October
2.00pm - 8.00pm

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During its first week the exhibition The Chimurenga Library will play host to the Pan African Space Station (PASS), Chimurenga's online music radio station and pop-up studio.

PASS will present a live broadcasting programme of music, interviews and events with Chimurenga collaborators in London including musicians, journalists, writers, curators and filmmakers.

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UIQ in LOVE_A Love of UIQ : Between Translation and Transduction
2014
no.w.here, London.
curated programme
UIQ in LOVE_A Love of UIQ : Between Translation and Transduction

An opportunity to join filmmakers and artists Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni for a two-day workshop, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November 2014, 2-7pm, working with the screenplay of Flix Guattari's unmade sci-fi film Un Amour d'UIQ, to 'produce' the film so that it exists as a collective experience without filming a single shot. The workshops will be sound-recorded and fragments will feed into a soundwork to be presented in an exhibition co-curated with The Otolith Collective at The Showroom early next year.

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A Cinema of Songs and People : The Films of Anand Patwardhan
2013
Tate Modern London
curated programme
A Cinema of Songs and People : The Films of Anand Patwardhan

Rarely viewed in Britain, the films of Anand Patwardhan represent one of the most important achievements in documentary cinema.

This season brings contemporary audiences into contact with an astonishing body of work whose profound commitment to radical change offers an experience like few others in contemporary cinema. This comprehensive retrospective, the first to be devoted to the major works of Patwardhan in London, devotes long overdue attention to a giant of cinema whose films inaugurated the independent documentary moment in India in the mid-1970s.

Curated and written
by
Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar

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The Journey, Peter Watkins
2013
Tate Modern London
curated programme
The Journey, Peter Watkins

The Otolith Collective and Tate Film presented Peter Watkins's The Journey (1987). Introduced by The Otolith Collective, with audience discussion at the end of each day.

Not screened in London since 2003, this special 3 night screening event, organised by The Otolith Collective and Tate Film, offers contemporary audiences the unique opportunity to see The Journey (1987), Peter Watkins's seldom seen 14 hour 30 minute masterpiece.

Working collaboratively with activist groups from Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Soviet Union, Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Polynesia, Mozambique, Denmark, France, Norway, West Germany and USA and filmed between 1983 to 1985, The Journey is an astonishing experiment with documentary that expands its powers of polemic, reflexivity, reflection and passion.

Support groups debate the peace process, families discuss their fears of nuclear threat and the cost of world hunger, survivors recall the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while Watkins analyses the role played by mainstream media in normalising conflict. Peter Watkins's vision of a political cinema that emerges from and documents the collaborative process which it analyses, reaches its most elaborated form in The Journey which is structured in 19 intricately edited chapters. The result is an unprecedented cinematic constellation whose inspiration and importance has only increased since its release in 1987.

In the wake of the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011, the critical relevance of The Journey can be neither doubted nor overlooked



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In The National Interest
2013
The Institute of International Visual Arts
curated programme
In The National Interest

The Otolith Collective and Iniva are pleased to present
In The National Interest? 1986)
co-directed by Penny Stemple

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What Can Art Do
2013
The Japan Foundation
curated programme
What Can Art Do

Post 3.11 - What Can Art Do?
Documenting Tohoku
Talk with Hikaru Fujii and The Otolith Group

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Body Tremors: The Geopoetics of Prediction and Premonition
2013
REDCAT Los Angeles
curated programme
Body Tremors: The Geopoetics of Prediction and Premonition

In conjunction with the exhibition The Otolith Group: Medium Earth, REDCAT presents Body Tremors: The Geopoetics of Prediction and Premonition, a series of presentations and conversations exploring the agency of the seismic and the sensitive. The program will be accompanied by intermittent screenings of related audiovisual works.

With presentations by Kodwo Eshun, Dick Hebdige, Susan Elizabeth Hough, Charlotte King, Norman M. Klein, Aram Moshayedi, Anjalika Sagar, Rebecca Solnit, and Aurora Tang.

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Images Sometimes Tremble
2013 - present
The Showroom, London.
curated programme
Images Sometimes Tremble

Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager:
Cloud Cuckoo Land and Two Russians in the Free World
Presented by The Otolith Collective
1st February, The Showroom
19.00pm - 21.00pm
Free Entry


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