The Showroom

The Otolith Group

08 Sep - 25 Oct 2009

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Otolith III, 2009
"A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2)"

8 September - 25 October 2009

A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2) is the second installment of a two-part solo show by the Otolith Group, which has been organised in collaboration with Gasworks. Having shown the films Otolith I and II at Gasworks in March 2009, the second instalment is the premiere Otolith III, and is also the first exhibition The Showroom’s new space in the Church Street Neighbourhood, London NW8.

Informed by Satyajit Ray’s unmade film 'The Alien' (1967) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Appunti per un film sull'India' (1968), 'Otolith III' is a single screen projection that replays Ray's unrealised science fiction as a series of competing past potential futures. As with Part 1 at Gasworks, it will be situated in a new installation conceived and designed by Will Holder. 'Otolith III' is accompanied by 'Otolith Timeline' (video, colour, 30 minutes, 2003) which situates The Otolith Trilogy in a speculative history of the 20th and 21st Century. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, including a seminar with The Otolith Group and discussions with filmmaker Eyal Sivan and Bidoun magazine.

A new Otolith Group monograph designed by Will Holder has been edited as an archival assemblage that links the two stages of the exhibition. The monograph contains an extensive conversation with the artists and a new text by Jean Matthee. During the exhibition,The Showroom's upper space will be configured to facilitate the monograph's final phase of production, before its launch on 17 October. The Otolith Group monograph is published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with The Showroom and Gasworks, London, MACBA, Barcelona, and Fondazione Galleria Civica - Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento.

22 September, 7pm: In the Court of the Image: Discussion with Eyal Sivan.
Conversation between the Otolith Group and filmmaker Eyal Sivan on the question of the documentary image as it emerges within the conflictual space of aesthetic and legal judgement.

3 October, 3-6pm: Seminar with the Otolith Group
The fifth seminar in an ongoing series organised in collaboration with Afterall journal. the Otolith Group will discuss key concepts that emerge from their work in conversation with Afterall editors Pablo Lafuente and Melissa Gronlund, and The Showroom’s Acting Director Kit Hammonds.

17 October, 4pm: The Otolith Group in conversation with artist and filmmaker Lamia Joreige.

25 October, 2.30 – 7.30pm: Launch of the film screening series Images Sometimes Tremble: Encounters with Durational Cinema with Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (270 min, 2004) by Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi
The first in a new series of durational film screenings initiated by The Otolith Group, which will take place at The Showroom over the coming year.

The Otolith Group was formed in 2002 by London-based artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. Their works include the films 'Otolith I' (2003), 'Otolith II' (2007), 'Nervus Rerum' (2008), the thirteen monitor installation 'Inner Time of Television' (2007), the curation of the exhibition 'The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of The Black Audio Collective', exhibited at FACT, Liverpool and Arnolfini, Bristol in 2007 and the co-curation of 'Three Early Films: Harun Farocki' at Cubitt (2009) and 'Against What? Against Whom?' (2009) in collaboration with Tate Modern and Raven Row (2009). 'Otolith III' is co-produced by The Showroom, Gasworks and Il Trifoglio Nero and is supported by a grant from Film London.

Will Holder is a designer and writer based in London. He recently curated 'Talk Show' at the ICA, and is editor of FR DAVID, published by de Appel, Amsterdam. He is currently editing and designing a biography of American composer Robert Ashley (with Alex Waterman), and rewriting William Morris’ 'News from Nowhere (An epoch of rest)' into a guide for design education and practise set in 2135.

Tags: Harun Farocki, The Otolith Group, Lamia Joreige, Pier Paolo Pasolini