Otolith I

Otolith I, Video, 22 mins 25 seconds, Colour, Sound, (2003)

Otolith I is dispatched from a future in which extended sojourns in microgravity have exiled a strata of the population to planetary orbit and catalyzed a bifurcation in the human species. One of the new mutants, Dr. Usha Adebaran-Sagar, narrates an archaeopsychic geography of the recent and distant past, reflecting on a world available to her only through media and the journals of her ancestor, Anjalika Sagar. Staging an encounter between the anxiety and depression of the 2003 protests against the impending American invasion of Iraq; a real-life meeting in 1973 in Moscow between the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel into outer space, and Sagarís grandmother, Anasuya Gyan- Chand, who was President of the National Federation of Indian Women and the intervals of interiority conjured by personal archive films, the film evokes a non-metaphorical weightlessness of alien intimacy. Otolith I hovers above the rubble of interrupted struggles such as the Non-Aligned and Tricontinental movement and the ruins of emancipation in order to ask: can the future become uncertain once again?

Text By Brian Rogers 2010


Otolith I, Video, colour, sound, 22min, 2003


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Wasafiri Issue No. 43 2004 (pdf, 3.24MB)