The Otolith Group

November 18, 2022 – February 5, 2023

The Otolith Group, founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun as an artist-led collective, is based in London. The group investigates the temporal anomolies, anthropic inversions, and synthetic alienation of the posthuman, the inhuman, the non-human, and the complexity of the environmental conditions of life that we all face.

The decision to call themselves a group was made as a conscious step away from the individualistic focus on artist subjects and toward new communal forms of collaboration and creativity. The work of the group is based on extensive research realized in images, sound works, performances, films, objects, installations, texts, and curatorial practice. They observe different affective and aesthetic fields and create platforms for discussions about contemporary art practices. The substantive body of work is always accompanied by the search for alternative methods and formats, also with regard to the different manifestations an exhibition or artistic collaboration can take.

Many works emerge as research-based projects that focus on the legacies and potentials of artistic approaches ranging from documentary to essay film, from archive to oral and auditory media, from speculation about the future to science fiction. Their work is linked to Afrofuturism – a literary and cultural aethetic that combines elements of science ficiton, historical novels, fantasy, Afrocentricity and magical realism with non-Western cosmologies – to not only criticize today’s dilemmas affecting people of color, but also to process, question, and re-examine historical events from the past.

Programmed by the board of the Secession
Curated by Bettina Spörr