Image © The Otolith Group
Image © The Otolith Group

THE OTOLITH GROUP - I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another

An exhibition for Brighton Festival 2012


14 April – 27 May 2012
BRIGHTON


THE SEA BECOMES A METAPHOR FOR THE SPIRIT IN THIS POWERFUL NEW MOVING IMAGE INSTALLATION


Turner Prize nominated artists, The Otolith Group, poetically explore the sea as a site of myth, history and socio-political power in a new immersive exhibition commissioned especially for Brighton Festival.

The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar)
The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun & Anjalika Sagar)

Lighthouse is delighted to be part of Brighton Festival 2012. We are partnered on the presentation of two major commissions by contemporary artist-groups, The Otolith Group and Invisible Flock and an exhibition by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

The Otolith Group have been commissioned by a partnership of Brighton’s leading arts organisations, as part of the Voices of the Sea initiative.

I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another is a poetic and poignant new work centred on the renowned Lebanese-American poet, painter and philosopher, Etel Adnan, one of the most important contemporary figures in Middle Eastern literature. Her highly influential writings, in French, English and Arabic have been read around the world. Her recent book, Sea and Fog evokes the sea as a metaphor for power, exploring the nature of the individual spirit and the individual spiritedness of the natural world.

The Otolith Group‘s new film is made largely in Adnan’s Paris apartment, and centres on a reading of her poem, Sea (2011), which draws upon philosophy to meditate on matter and anti-matter. The sound of Adnan’s voice, and the quiet but ever present ambient noise in her apartment, create a film with a powerful, meditative atmosphere, that speaks of the mobility of thought and the movement of the ocean.

The work is the second part of a trilogy of works by The Otolith Group reflecting on water as a source of political and cultural power. The first in the trilogy was Hydra Decapita (2010).

The artists will be present for the preview, and will introduce the work.

On Friday 13 April 2012, at the preview of the exhibition, The Otolith Group discussed I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another with Lighthouse director, Honor Harger. Listen to the In Conversation here:

About the Artists

The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun) have emerged as one of the most distinctive voices in British contemporary art. Their work is research-based, cross-cultural and concerned with the history and future of moving image practice. They have exhibited at Tate Britain, Nottingham Contemporary, MACBA in Barcelona, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Hayward Gallery and many other galleries internationally. In 2010, they were nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. In addition to their artistic practice, The Otolith Group have co-curated exhibitions publications on Harun Farocki (2009) and Black Audio Film Collective (2007). Eshun is also well known as a writer and music scholar, and is author of the influential book, More Brilliant Than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction

For more on The Otolith Group visit: http://otolithgroup.org

The Partners

The Voices of the Sea commissions respond to The Boat Project, and are co-commissioned by a partnership of Brighton’s leading arts organisations:
Lighthouse
Fabrica
Brighton Festival
Blast Theory
Photoworks
The University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts

The work is part of Relay, a programme of visual arts events taking place across the south east of England in response to London 2012. Relay is an initiative of Turning Point South East, a network of visual arts organisations across the region.

This is one of two commissions supported by this partnership. The other is Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock.

Dates:14 April – 27 May 2012

Venue: Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG

Times: Between 14 April – 4 May, open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm and Sundays 2 – 5pm. Between 5 – 27 May, open everyday 12 – 7pm

For screening times and direction to Fabrica please visit: http://fabrica.org.uk/exhibitions/

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