The Otolith Group, Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar
"What is our image of a protest movement? Is it pictures of confrontations and marches? Is it the reflection upon the forms that a protest movement might take? Or is it the invention of what the critic Hito Steyerl called 'political linkages'? What Steyerl calls the new relations or articulations between individual elements? Thinking about protest in terms of articulation invites us to think through the potentials of montage, It the theories and practices of the edit, the cut, the interval, the splice, the connection. In thinking about film and politics together, artists film, however defined, often appears to be excessive, surplus to the proper calculation of what gets to be formulated as the political.
What happens, though, if we relate our enquiry about the form of artistic production, namely the theory of montage, to the field of politics? If we ask how the political field is edited together? The films we have chosen by Henri Storck and Jean Vigo at the beginning of the 1930s, by Santiago Alvarez and Harun Farocki at the end of the 1960s, by Jean Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet in the early 1970s and Jorge Furtado in the late 1980s all formulate new ways of asking these questions. In their distinctive ways, they each ask what kinds of political significance might emerge from different forms of articulation."
- The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar)
About the curators: The Otolith Group was founded in London in 2003 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun.
Anjalika Sagar studied Social Anthropology (BA Hons) at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Fine Art at Middlesex University. She is founder of Multitudes, the independent news network.
Kodwo Eshun studied English Literature (BA Hons, MA Hons) at University College, Oxford University. He is author of More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction and Course Leader of the MA in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
The Otolith Group work with media archives, histories of futurity and the potentials of tricontinentalism and non-alignment. Their photography, videos and installations have featured in Destroy Athens: First Athens Biennal (2007) Imagine Action: The Lisson Gallery (2007) Documenta 12 (2007) The Unhomely: 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville (2006) How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art, Hayward Gallery (2006) Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, New York (2006) and the Tate Triennale (2006). In 2007, The Otolith Group curated and produced The Ghosts of Songs: The Retrospective of Black Audio Film Collective 1982‚Äě1998 at FACT, Liverpool and Arnolfini, Bristol.
Theatrical poster featuring Jean Vigo's ?Ä Propos De Nice 1930 ¬© courtesy of the BFI, London