The Power Plant

The Otolith Group: Otolith III

The Otolith Group

Past Exhibition

Sep 04 – Sep 19 2010

The Otolith Group: Otolith III 4 - 19 September, 2011 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Curated by Jon Davies

Working with moving images, sound, text and curatorial practice, London-based artists The Otolith Group explore media archives, histories of futurity and the legacies of 1960s anti-imperialism, such as the Non-Aligned and tricontinentalist movements. The Otolith Group was included in The Power Plant’s summer 2009 exhibition Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information Age with the first two parts of their eponymous trilogy. In collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Future Projections program, we are very excited to present the North American premiere of Otolith III (2009).

Otolith III takes The Alien, the unrealized screenplay by legendary Bengali director Satyajit Ray as its point of departure. Written in 1967, The Alien would have been the first science-fiction film to be set in contemporary India. Otolith III returns to 1967 to propose an alternative trajectory in which the fictional protagonists of The Alien attempt to seize the means of production in order to create the conditions for their existence as images. The result is a rigorous, intellectually and visually dazzling treatise on cinematic representation past, present and future.

The Otolith Group was founded in 2000 by core members Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Their works have been presented internationally, including at documenta 12 (2007), 7th Shanghai Biennial (2009), Nottingham Contemporary (2010) and Bucharest Biennial 4 (2010). Their projects include the anthology The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of The Black Audio Collective (2007) and the co-curation of the film retrospective Harun Farocki, 22 Films: 1968–2009 at Tate Modern (2009). The Otolith Trilogy (2003–09) was presented in the solo exhibition A Long Time Between Suns Part I and II at Gasworks and The Showroom, London (2009). The Otolith Group is nominated for the Turner Prize 2010.

Co-presented with

Toronto International Film Festival
Future Projections