Hydra Decapita and Last Angel of History

Hydra Decapita (2010) 32 min.
Dir. by The Otolith Group
From 1993 to 2002, the Detroit-based electronic music duo Drexciya released an influential series of recordings that imagined a fictional world system entitled Drexciya, populated by the subaquatic descendants of Africans drowned by slavers during the Middle Passage. The fabulation of Drexciya provides the point of departure for Hydra Decapita, the new work by The Otolith Group that summons a series of spectres of capital in order to convene a seance that immerses audiences within an affective evocation of contemporary economic abstraction.

Last Angel of History (1996) 45 min.
Dir. by John Akomfrah
This short experimental documentary examines the relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing computer technology. This cinematic essay posits science fiction (with tropes such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering) as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness. Interviews, visuals and music are inter-spliced to explore concepts of Afrofuturism as a metaphor for the displacement of black culture and roots. The film bases its concepts around George Clinton's ""Mothership Connection"" and features interviews with George Clinton, Derrick May, Stephen R. Delany, Nichelle Nichols, Juan Atkins, DJ Spooky, Goldie and others to explore the link between black music as a way of exploring the future.

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Hydra Decapita
John Akomfrah