The Otolith Group at ARGOS

Earth is out of bounds for us now; it remains a planet accessible only through media, the viewer is told at the beginning of the film, suggesting a post-nuclear future in which humankind is confined to outer space. Through prolonged space travel, the film tells us, otoliths have ceased to function, leaving homo sapiens unable to walk the earth. Instead the new mutants research images sifting aging history from the tense present in order to identify the critical points of the twentieth century. The films narrator is Dr. Usha Adebaran Sagar, a fictional descendant of Anjalika Sagar, living in space in the year 2103. The narrator looks back at several generations of women from the Sagar family, linking her own experiences with those of Sagars grandmother during the 1960s when she met Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to orbit the Earth. For us, the narrator declares, there is no memory without image and no image without memory. Image is the matter of memory. Her attempts to understand multiple dimensions of the historical, the terrestrial and the evolutionary bring together existing images of very different qualities and registers.

In addition, the new video by the Otolith Group, Otolith II, will premiere at Argos on Monday 14th May at 20.30 pm. Following the premiere of the film Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group will talk about the film and their work in general. From the 15th 26th May, Otolith II will be screened in Argos Black Box.

The Otolith Group exhibition is co-produced by Argos and KunstenFestivalDesArts.

Otolith II is being co-produced by Argos, KunstenFestivalDesArts and If I Can't Dance.../Huis & Festival aan de Werf.