Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
|The Otolith GroupA Long Time Between Suns|
Edited by Anna Colin and Emily Pethick
Contributions by Diana McCarty, Jean Matthee, and TJ Demos
The Otolith Group was formed in 2002 by London-based artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. It takes its name from the structure in the inner ear that establishes our sense of gravity and orientation. Their work engages with archival materials, futurity, and with the histories of transnationality: suggesting a future in which the past is treated as a relic, an idea that has the potential to inform the present and modify the future. Rather than returning to the past in order to reconnect with its perceived originality and authenticity, their work instead imagines a global future, while at the same time reminding us of the stunted trajectories of the Third World social movements and utopian experiments that once linked the people of Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
A Long Time Between Suns has been edited as an archival assemblage that links the two stages of the exhibition at Gasworks (February 15 – April 5, 2009) and The Showroom (September 8 – October 25, 2009). During the exhibition at The Showroom areas of the space will be configured to facilitate the final stages of the book’s production.
The Group has co-curated “Against What? Against Whom?” (2009) in collaboration with Tate Modern and Raven Row (2009), and participated in a number of collective exhibitions and biennials around the world, including the 7th Shanghai Biennial (2008); documenta 12 (2007); the 3rd Tate Triennial (2006); and the 2nd Seville Biennial (2006).