Press Release Erik and Amanda

As part of their ongoing series Images Sometimes Tremble, The Otolith Collective in collaboration with The Showroom presents the first London screenings of Two Russians in the Free World (2012, 30 m) and Cloud Cuckoo Land (2008, 17m), two single channel videos by the renowned New York based artists Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager.

Both works will be introduced by the artists and screened at 19.00pm on 1 February 2013 at The Showroom. The screenings will be followed by a discussion between Erik Moskowitz, Amanda Trager and Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Collective. ( Please note The Otolith Collective is a public platform curated and produced by The Otolith Group).

Posted by Anjalika on 01/02/2013
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London Premiere of Anathema (2011)

The Otolith Group
Third Floor, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road
London, E2 0AG

Screening will be 2nd April, 7pm.
£3 for students, £4 for non-students

On April the 2nd at 7pm is happy to announce the London premiere screening of Anathema (2011) 36mins HD Video /Colour/ Sound, followed by a Q and A with the artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjali Sagar.

ANATHEMA re-imagines the microscopic behaviour of liquid crystals undergoing turbulence as a sentient entity that possesses fingertips and eyes enthralled by the LCD touch-screens of communicative capitalism. It can be understood as an object-oriented video that isolates and recombines the magical gestures of dream factory capitalism. By bringing the telecommunicating couplings of mother-father-daughter-son-machines and boyfriend-girlfriend-units into contact with the conductive imagery of liquid crystallization, ANATHEMA proposes itself as a prototype for a counter-spell assembled from the possible worlds of capitalist sorcery.

The Otolith Group is an award winning artist led collective and organisation founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002 that integrates film and video making, artists' writing, workshops, exhibition curation, publication and developing public platforms for the close readings of the image in contemporary society. The group`s work is formally engaged with research led projects exploring the legacies and potentialities of artist led proposals around the document and the essay film, the archive, the aural and sonic medium, speculative futures and science-fictions. Their film works include: I SEE INFINITE DISTANCE BETWEEN ANY POINT AND ANOTHER (2012) , HYDRA DECAPITA (2010), OTOLITH III (2009), NERVUS RERUM (2008), INNER TIME OF TELEVISION (2007), OTOLITH II (2007), BE SILENT, FOR THE EARS OF THE GOD ARE EVERYWHERE (2006), COMMUNISTS LIKE US (2006), OTOLITH TIMELINE (2006), OTOLITH I (2003). Recent solo exhibitions include: Westfailure Mumbai (2011) Thoughtform at Museu d' Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Maxxi Museum Rome (2011). Their work has been presented at "Critique and Clinic" The Forum Expanded, Berlinale (2012), The 29th Bienal de Sao Paulo (2010) and Manifesta 8: The European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Murcia (2010). In 2010, The Otolith Group was nominated for The Turner Prize.

Posted by Anjali on 02/04/2012
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Tags: Berlinale / Isabel Stengers

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The Otolith Group in Budapest at Blood Mountain

The Otolith Group: February 2012 artists-in-residence programme
Blood Mountain is pleased to announce the theme and public programme of The Otolith Group’s residency in Budapest in February 2012, the collective’s first project in Central Europe.

The occupation of The Otolith Group (The Group) at Blood Mountain is part of an ongoing research project about the politics of nuclear energy. Given Hungary’s role as an important scientific hub of the USSR and its advantageous geographic position as the closest Soviet satellite state to western Europe, Budapest also nurtured the developmental years of three Hungarian scientists, who later played crucial roles in the invention of atomic energy: Leo Szilárd, Edward Teller, Eugene Wigner. The residency provides an unparalleled opportunity for The Group to gather original data and footage, and to develop the work using Budapest’s outstanding film facilities, considered an important creative hub for moving image between the two world wars, having fostered the medium’s early pioneers before their respective emigration: Alexander Korda, founding member of the British film industry, and Michael Curtiz, a central figure of Hollywood’s golden age; and as a production set for some of the most ubiquitous and often anonymous Soviet documentary and propaganda films. The Group’s work at Blood Mountain is scheduled for completion in summer 2012 and will return to Blood Mountain for a special screening and artists-led discussion in autumn 2012.

Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, founders of The Otolith Group, say: “We are looking forward to our stay at Blood Mountain; Budapest offers unique opportunities for dialogue and exchange that are vital to our practice.”
Jade Niklai, Director of Blood Mountain further adds: “We are delighted that this seminal artist- collective has chosen to develop such relevant new work with the support of Blood Mountain and within the scientific and film heritage of Hungary”.

Public Programme
A critical and comprehensive public programme accompanies The Group’s residency, curated by Blood Mountain in partnership with tranzit (hu). Unless otherwise stated, events are free with prior booking and take place in English at Blood Mountain (1025 Budapest, Vérhalom utca 27/c).
For reservations: +36.30.415.2123 | +36.1.326.1844 |
Tuesday 14 February, 6 to 9pm
Screening of collective’s namesake trilogy: Otolith I, 2003; Otolith II, 2007; Otolith III, 2009 Introduction and discussion with the artists, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun

Set between the 22nd century (I); today’s Mumbai and Chandigarh: India’s first planned city designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s (II); and the fictional future of an unrealised Indian science fiction movie from 1967 (III), the work projects a mutant future, fusing fiction and non-fiction through the juxtaposition of documentary footage, archival materials and new imagery.

Saturday 3 March, 11am to 1pm
Education programme: bilingual hands-on workshop led by Blood Mountain’s art educator in response to The Group’s new work. All materials supplied. Suitable for 6 to 12 year-olds. cost: HUF 4000 (€15)

Affilliated public and professional development programmes organised by tranzit (hu) for the Free School of Art Theory and Practice initiative:
Friday 3 February, 6 to 8pm

Preparatory viewing: Chris Marker_La Jetée, 1963 and Sans Soleil, 1983 Introduction by Zsolt Sörés, leading Hungarian film critic
Radical science fiction/fantasy films examining the role of time and memory in the development of Earth (b&w, in French with English subtitles, total 130 mins) venue: tranzit (hu) office (1065 Budapest, Király utca 102, first floor)
Saturday 11 February, 11am to 8pm

Preparatory viewing: Peter Watkins_The Forgotten Faces, 1961 and La Commune (Paris, 1871), 2000; Introduction by Zsolt Sörés, leading Hungarian film critic
A poetic reconstruction of the 1956 Hungarian revolution on the streets of Canterbury; and a tour-de- force take on the heady days of post-revolution France (b&w, in French and English, total 362 mins) venue: tranzit (hu) office (1067 Budapest, Király utca 102, first floor)

Tuesday 21 February, 6pm
Screening and artist-led reading: The Otolith Group_Anathema, 2011 Public event of Free School for Art Theory and Practice
As The Group’s most recent work, it re-imagines the microscopic behaviour of liquid crystals undergoing turbulence as a sentient entity that possesses the fingertips and the eyes enthralled by the LCD touch-screens of communicative capitalism (colour, in English, 37 mins) venue: Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, lecture hall (1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1)

Saturday 25 February, 10 am to 6pm
Seminar with The Otolith Group: Daughter Products Private programme of Free School for Art Theory and Practice
According to activist and critic Sabu Kohso, the meltdown of the three nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi on 11 March 2011 signals a new phase in the war of the ‘global nuclear regime’ against all ‘other life forms.’ The seminar will examine the histories of artistic forms of abstraction in relation to the planetary existence of the ‘global nuclear regime’, especially in practices of abstraction that aim to produce forms of the audible and the visible in relation to the necropolitics and chronopolitics of radiation.

Professional development opportunity to meet The Group and to gain in-depth understanding about its practice. Attendance by active participation and prior registration only. Email motivation letter with proposal for visual and thematic contributions by 10 February: venue: tranzit office (1067 Budapest, Király utca 102, first floor)

Note to Editors
The Otolith Group (est. 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun) is an award-winning artist-led collective and organisation. Its name refers to a miniscule organ in the inner ear responsible for one’s gravity and linear acceleration. Working in video and film, the collective provides a platform for discourse on artistic production and the importance of imagery and sound in contemporary culture. The collective works with media archives, histories of futurity and the legacies of non-alignment and tricontinentalism. The Group’s prolific output also extends to writing, curating, and publishing with key projects including The Otolith Trilogy, 2003-07 (film), Harun Farocki 22 Films: 1968-2009 at Tate Modern, 2009 (exhibition) and The Ghost of Songs: Film Archive of the Black Audio Film Collective, 2007 (publication). In 2010 The Group was nominated for The Turner Prize, Britain’s prominent contemporary art prize, and in 2011 it took part in the Lyon Biennial and in the group show, Jean Genet at Nottingham Contemporary. Films by The Group can be viewed via LUX (, Europe’s leading resource for artists-made films and videos. Blood Mountain’s residency programme provides the first opportunity for the collective to visit, work and present its practice to Central European audiences.

tranzit (hu) (est. 2002 and directed by Dóra Hegyi) is the Budapest chapter of the Central European curatorial network, a dynamic, inter-disciplinary platform supporting process-oriented, innovative and experimental projects. With affiliations in Bucharest, Bratislava, Prague and Vienna, the Budapest-based champions art and ideas which are elsewhere under-represented and excluded for reasons of content, trend or taste. It provides an anarchic safe-place for ‘mistakes’ and ‘flaws’ to flourish through mediation; enabling culture to be produced, not simply perceived, and values to be continually challenged and redefined. believes that open thinking
and exchange can lead to responsible critical and experimental attitude in contemporary life. Since 2006 the Free School for Art Theory and Practice programme supports the theoretical and practical development of the local arts scene through public events and invited seminars with leading international theoreticians and artists. The programme hinges on the belief that artistic and curatorial thinking create a surplus of knowledge and can benefit social discourse and contemporary life. Previous Free School participants include Jens Hoffmann (2006), Ulay (2007) and Ute Meta Bauer (2009).
Blood Mountain Foundation (est. 2010 by Jade Niklai and Tom Sloan) is an independent non-profit arts organisation working at the junction of contemporary thought and creative practice. Based in Budapest, our mission is to generate fresh discourse and to encourage the production of new work inspired by our location and Hungary’s broader socio-political context as an European Union nation since 2004. We believe culture is an agent for social change and its open discourse and unrestricted

practice are fundamental to the life of a participatory democracy. Through exhibitions, educational programmes, public events, workshops, residencies and publications, we strive to overcome the divide which, despite the political reforms twenty years ago, still distinguishes the region of Central Europe from abroad by facilitating not the obvious migration of contemporary thought and culture (East to West), but its very opposite (West to East). In addition to attracting world-class thinkers and makers, we provide new opportunities for local talent on the widest possible international platform. Located in a Habsburg villa in the Buda hills, our identity is defined by our namesake location, where one of the bloodiest battles was fought during the Ottoman occupation of the 1500s. Previous artists-in-residence include Diango Hernández (Nov 2010) and Asim Memishi (Feb 2011).
Address: Blood Mountain Foundation | Vérhalom utca 27/c | Budapest 1025 | Hungary +36.30.415.2123 | +36.1.326.1844 | |

Public transport: Take bus 91, 191 or 291 to Vérhalom stop (fourth on Buda side) and walk 200 metres, or walk uphill from tram 4/6 at Margaret Bridge (Buda side) for 1000 metres.
Press Enquiries
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The Otolith Group: still from the performance “Communists Like Us”, Beirut 2010 | © Houssam Mchaiemoh 2010

Posted by Anjalika on 05/02/2012
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Press Release The Otolith Group
Project 88, Mumbai 11 - 31 January 2012
Project 88 is pleased to announce Westfailure, The Otolith Group’s first solo exhibition in Mumbai, in collaboration with British Council India.
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. The Turner Prize nominated artists, who live and work in London, are renowned for their videos, curatorial practice, writing, publications and development of discursive platforms for the close readings of documentary fictions.
Westfailure, the title of the exhibition chosen by the artists, has been adopted from The Westfailure System, the influential essay written by British economist Susan Strange in 1999. Westfailure is a homonymic pun that refers to the Westphalia System, the ‘international political system of states claiming exclusive authority and the monopoly of legitimate violence within their territorial limits’, named after the Treaty of Westphalia signed by the European powers, in Westphalia outside Munster, Germany in 1648.

Posted by ANJALIKA on 02/01/2012
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The Otolith Group Website

Dear All,

Welcome to The Otolith Group website.

We are still in the process of uploading, sourcing and compressing a huge amount of work to be disseminated onto this site, so bear with us as we continue this process over the next few weeks. Indeed if you have worked with us and have any relevant and useful documentation, please do send it to us with appropriate credits etc.

All Bests - Anjalika and Kodwo

Posted by Anjalika Sagar on 08/03/2011
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