Women on Aeroplanes
2018/19
The Showroom
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Women on Aeroplanes

Women on Aeroplanes presents new work by artists Lungiswa Gqunta, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, observing the largely unrecognised role of women in struggles for liberation, their participation in transatlantic networks, and their key voices in revolutionary socio-political movements that helped to achieve post- colonial nation-states in Africa.

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Mani Kaul: Essay Film Festival
2018
Birkbeck Cinema and ICA
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Mani Kaul: Essay Film Festival

Rarely seen in Britain, the films of Mani Kaul represent an important achievement in Indian cinema.

Mani Kaul is undoubtedly the Indian filmmaker who, along with Kumar Shahani, has succeeded in radically overhauling the relationship of image to form, of speech to narrative, with the objective of creating a 'purely cinematic object' that is above all visual and formal.

This series of films (1969-1984) devotes attention to a key figure of the 'New Indian Cinema' or the Indian New Wave.





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Co-op Dialogues: 1966-2016 with Jean Matthee
2016
Tate Britain
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Co-op Dialogues: 1966-2016 with Jean Matthee

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the London Film-makers' Co-op, the artist-run organisation that pioneered the production, distribution, and exhibition of artists' moving image in the United Kingdom, and which remains vibrant today. To commemorate the legacy of the Co-op, Tate Britain and LUX have programmed a monthly series of screenings and conversations that revisit its significance and its future.

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L.A. Rebellion Seminar
2015
Tate Modern London
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L.A. Rebellion Seminar

Pioneering, provocative and visionary, the LA Rebellion films form a crucial body of work in post-war cinema. In the late 1960s a number of African and African American students entered UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, and from the first class through to the 1980s came to represent the first sustained undertaking to forge an alternative Black cinema practice in the United States.

Image credit: Barbara McCullough Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification 1979, production still. Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Public Assets: small-scale arts orgainsations and the production of value
2015
Central Saint Martins
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Public Assets: small-scale arts orgainsations and the production of value

Organised by Common Practice, London

Building on previous work on value and sustainability in the UK's small scale arts sector, Common Practice has organised a one-day conference to discuss the ways in which small-scale arts organisations produce artistic value beyond measurability and quantification.

Speakers include:Kodwo Eshun, Jesús Carrillo, Charlotte Higgins, Maria Lind, Andrea Phillips and Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.)


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In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1
2014
The Showroom, London.
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In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1

In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1: Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson.

The Otolith Collective and The Showroom are delighted to announce the UK premiere of artists Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson's new film In Search of UIQ (2013, 72 min).

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

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Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar

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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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Book Launch
2013
The Showroom London
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Book Launch

T.J. Demos in conversation with Kodwo Eshun to mark the launch of two new publications...

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On Vanishing Land
2013
The Showroom, London.
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On Vanishing Land

On Vanishing Land: Mark Fisher and Justin Barton.

Curated by The Otolith Collective, commissioned and produced in collaboration with The Showroom.

The Otolith Collective and The Showroom present On Vanishing Land by British sound artists and theorists Mark Fisher and Justin Barton.

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Images Sometimes Tremble
2013
The Showroom, London.
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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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Jean Genet
2011
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
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Jean Genet

Nottingham Contemporary presents a major group exhibition reflecting on the life and art of Jean Genet - one of the most celebrated French novelists and playwrights of the 20th century, and probably its most scandalous. He led several lives but remained a writer in revolt.

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A Lure a Part, Allure Apart - Events
2011
Betonsalon, 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 Cine-geography. Taking place on Friday 17 June in the framework of Betonsalon's offsite seminar 'Under the free sky of history' [lien] at the Musee 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 Natasa Petresin-Bachelez and Elena Sorokina in the context of their 'Communism's Afterlives' seminar.

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A Sunken Trembling Recalled Dimly
2011
Globe Towers, Frankfurt
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A Sunken Trembling Recalled Dimly

In 2011 The Otolith Group were invited to programme a series of events organized by the Staedelschule for the Globe Towers in Frankfurt.

As a result The Otolith Group composed a program consisting of films, talks, audio-essays and a concert. Invited artists are Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, theorist and filmmaker Brian W. Rogers, writer and theorist Rayya Badran and artist Justin Barton in collaboration with critic, theorist, blogger and author Mark Fisher.

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The Russian Connection
2011
Gasworks, London
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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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Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom?
2009/10
London
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Harun Farocki: Against What? Against Whom?

Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom?
19 November 2009 to 7 February 2010
Raven Row

The first UK exhibition of the two-screen and multi-screen works of revered German filmmaker Harun Farocki. The survey comprised nine video installations, from his first two-screen project Interface in 1995 to Immersion, 2009, about the use of virtual reality in the treatment of traumatised US soldiers following the occupation of Iraq.

The exhibition was curated by Alex Sainsbury. It was linked to 'Harun Farocki. 22 Films 1968-2009', a season of Farocki's single-screen films and events at Tate Modern, 13 November-6 December 2009, curated by Stuart Comer, Antje Ehmann and the Otolith Group.

A monograph Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom? has been commissioned by Raven Row. It is edited by Antje Ehmann and Kodwo Eshun, and published by Koenig Books.


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Harun Farocki 22 Films 1968-2009
2009
Tate Modern, London
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Harun Farocki 22 Films 1968-2009

Harun Farocki. 22 Films 1968-2009
Friday 13 November - Sunday 6 December 2009

Curated by Stuart Comer, Antje Ehmann and The Otolith Group. With support from Goethe-Insitut, London

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The Image in Question
2009
The Showroom, London
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The Image in Question

Saturday 17 October 2009

What modes of address are emerging in contemporary artistic practice that question the testimonial capacities of sound and image as witnesses to violence? Sequences from A Journey (Lamia Joreige, 2006), Nights and Days (Lamia Joreige, 2007) and Nervus Rerum (The Otolith Group, 2008) will serve as points of departure for a discussion on the potentials and incapacities of the moving image between Lamia Joreige, Ghalya Saadawi and The Otolith Group,

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In The Court of The Image
2009
The Showroom
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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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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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Harun Farocki: Three Early Films
2009
Cubitt, London
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Harun Farocki: Three Early Films

Harun Farocki: Three Early Films
Saturday 17 January - Sunday 22 February 2009
Curated by Bart van der Heide, Antje Ehmann and The Otolith Group.


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If I Were President: Taking Temperature by Image
2009
Sprüth Magers, London
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If I Were President: Taking Temperature by Image

Curated by The Otolith Group 'If I were President' coincides with Thomas Demand's exhibition at Sprüth Magers, conceived and executed during the 2008 US election campaign.

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Home Works IV
2008
Beirut, Lebanon
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Home Works IV

The Home Works Forum is a multidisciplinary project that brings together artists, writers and intellectuals to present their work. Organized by Ashkal Alwan, it takes place every eighteen months in exhibition and performance venues throughout Beirut, and presents lectures, panel discussions, screenings, debates and artistic interventions (by established and emerging artists).

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The Ghosts of Songs
2007
Arnolfini, Bristol
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The Ghosts of Songs

Watching audiences watching Black Audio Film Collective's 1986 essay film Handsworth Songs during the first afternoon of Documenta 11, replaying the attention people bestowed upon the
work later that evening, a curatorial proposition slowly began to emerge; could one invite audiences into spatial scenarios that allowed for distinctive kinds of encounter with the entirety of Black Audio Film Collective's oeuvre?

Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar, Preface, The Ghost of Songs: the Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998, edited by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, FACT and Liverpool University Press, 2007, p. 13

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The Ghosts of Songs
2007
FACT, Liverpool
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The Ghosts of Songs

Watching audiences watching Black Audio Film Collective's 1986 essay film Handsworth Songs during the first afternoon of Documenta 11, replaying the attention people bestowed upon the
work later that evening, a curatorial proposition slowly began to emerge; could one invite audiences into spatial scenarios that allowed for distinctive kinds of encounter with the entirety of Black Audio Film Collective's oeuvre?

Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar, Preface, The Ghost of Songs: the Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998, edited by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, FACT and Liverpool University Press, 2007, p. 13

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The Ghosts of Songs - A Retrospective on The Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998
2007
FACT LIVERPOOL AND ARNOLFINI BRISTOL
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The Ghosts of Songs - A Retrospective on The Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998

The Ghosts of Songs was the first major touring exhibition and monograph retrospective of the seminal media group, The Black Audio Film Collective. Conceived by The Otolith Group over four years, The exhibition to notable acclaim launched at FACT Liverpool on the 2nd of February 2007. It was open until April and toured then to Arnolfini Bristol from April to June 2007

The Exhibition was curated and produced by The Otolith Group in partnership with FACT and The Arnolfini Bristol.

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Art Is What Makes Life More Interesting Than Art
2006
London
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Art Is What Makes Life More Interesting Than Art

The Artists Cinema is a Frieze Projects/LUX collaboration to construct, programme and run a cinema for artists' film and video within Frieze Art Fair. First realised at the fair in 2005, The Artists Cinema programme of film and video focuses primarily on recent international artists' film and video screened daily alongside an invited programme of film and video selected by specialist artists and curators. Each invited curator was asked to compile a programme that focused on contemporary film and video, its relationship to historical legacies or modern life.



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How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art
2006
Hayward Gallery, London UK
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How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art

Our desire was to make a show in such a way that each work could be seen not just for the place it holds in some putative history of British Art, nor simply for the model it might offer of the way things used to be made. Above and beyond these aspects, the works would most significantly be participants in a series of conversations wholly relevant to the present moment.

Michael Archer, Overlapping Figures in How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art Arts Council Collection, edited by Michael Archer, Marjorie Allthorpe Guyton and Roger Malbert, Hayward Gallery, 2006, p.44

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