In The Year of The Quiet Sun
Bergen Kunsthall opens the spring season with In the Year of the Quiet Sun the first major exhibition by The Otolith Group in the Nordic region
Opening: 17 January until 9th March 2014
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.

Posted on: 01/01/2015
Medium Earth REDCAT Los Angeles
Part prequel and part premonition, Medium Earth is a work caught within its own imminent future. A notebook film that initiates a new cycle of production by London-based artists The Otolith Group, Medium Earth represents the outgrowth of research undertaken throughout California in advance of a larger project. Conceived as notes toward the making of a future film, Medium Earth attunes itself to the seismic psyche of the state of California. It listens to its deserts, translates the writing of its stones, and deciphers the calligraphies of its expansion cracks. Commissioned by REDCAT and complimented by a series of public programs on the geopoetic practices of prediction and premonition, it is the first work produced by The Otolith Group within an American context.

Posted on: 01/01/2014
ECM — A Cultural Archaeology
The Otolith Group,
People to be Resembling, 2012
22mins, HD Video, Colour, Sound, 16:9, English.

The Otolith Group’s new video essay People to be Resembling can be described as a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the post-free jazz, pre-world music trio Codona, founded by multi-instrumentalists Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. Consisting of stills by renowned photographers Roberto Masotti and Isio Saba, newly filmed and archival footage and original music performed by musician Charles Hayward, People to be Resembling reimagines the poetics of permutation that informed the sonic geography of the first Codona album recorded with ECM in September 1978. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to redream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik. In its arrangement of positive and negative with colour and black and white and still and moving imagery, The Otolith Group's People to Be Resembling stages an experiment in mnemonic cohabitation inspired by the visionary music of Codona.

People to be Resembling was commissioned by Haus der Kunst on the occasion of the exhibition ECM – A Cultural Archaeology with the generous support by Project 88, Mumbai.[tt_news]=1624&cHash=c50266e2e8517c78e8cd4a3b387d2cd2

Posted on: 28/11/2012
Death and Life of Fiction
The narrative-imaginary vacuum of the present bears the imprint of the systemic monstrosity of modern history. The re-visioning of modernity and the rewriting of its master narratives constitute a trans-disciplinary project of global proportions. The Taipei Biennial 2012 departs from the crisis of the imagination that plagues global capitalist culture. It explores the need for collective horizons that withstand both the clichés of modernist development and the logic of division that haunts nationalist and identity politics in the long shadow of colonialism and imperialism.
Entitled Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction, the Taipei Biennial 2012 addresses the relationship between historiography and the imaginary. Fiction occupies the blind spot of historiographic and documentary work, as it speaks of the fundamental underside of modernity, its dialectics and paradoxes, as well as the systemic terror that lurks behind modernity’s emancipatory promises. Drawing upon a recent study titled "The Monster That is History" by Taiwanese literature historian David Der Wei Wang, the Biennial engages with the aesthetics of monstrosity. The figure of the monster is treated as a fictional, liminal figure, a symptomatic mirror of actual and imaginary relations. Wang suggests that the ancient Chinese monster Taowu served as an "objective correlative" of the human account of past experience. Taowu is furthermore identified with history as such, particularly through its vicious ability to foresee and undermine human intentions.

The Otolith Group are participating with Anathema (2011), and Daughter Products Part ll.

Posted on: 27/11/2012
Lo Schermo dell'arte Film Festival
Presented at dOCUMENTA (13), the work by the British collective, founded by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, is an investigation of the Fukushima disaster, developed by mixing various sources and visual documents from past and present. The Radiant, reflecting on and interrogating itself upon the question of nuclear energy, inserts itself into a trend of research begun by the group in February 2012, within the context of the residence program produced at the Blood Mountain Foundation in Budapest.

A conversation between the artists and Silvia Lucchesi, director of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, will follow.

Posted on: 25/10/2012