History of Art


The Otolith Group

The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art presents:

The Otolith Group, A Lecture-Performance on the Militant Image

Otolith Group - Socialism

Wednesday, June 8, 6pm

UCL Department of Art History, Seminar Room 3,

20 Gordon Square

Following the lecture-performance, the artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjali Sagar will be joined by the CSCA's TJ Demos, Stephanie Schwartz, and Paolo Magagnoli in discussion.
The Otolith Group is an artist led collective founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in London in 2002. The Group's work is formally engaged with exploring the legacies and potentialities of documentary practice, the essay film, postcolonial archives, cosmopolitan modernisms and science-fiction. Apart from numerous group exhibitions, their large-scale solo exhibition Thoughtform, curated by Chus Martinez will be presented at MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, October 2011. In 2010 The Otolith Group were nominated for the tenth Turner Prize.

*No reservation necessary, but limited seating is available on a first-come basis.

Background reading:

  • James Baldwin, "No Name in the Street "(1972) in The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction 1948-1985, London: Michael Joseph, 1985
  • Eldridge Cleaver, "The Allegory of the Black Eunuchs" in Soul on Ice, Panther Books, 1970.
  • Kodwo Eshun and Ros Gray, "The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography," Third Text 108, 25/1 (January 2011), 1-12.
  • Julio Garcia Espinosa, "For An Imperfect Cinema" (1969) in Twenty Five Years of the New Latin American Cinema edited by Michael Chanan, London: British Film Institute, 1983.
  • Che Guevera, "Socialism and Man in Cuba" (March 1965)
  • Che Guevara, "Message to the Tricontinental" (Havana, April 16, 1967)
  • Leroi Jones, Black People! (1967) in The Leroi Jones/ Amiri Baraka Reader, edited by William J. Harris, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1991.
  • Kaja Silverman and Harun Farocki, "I Speak, Therefore I'm Not: Gay Knowledge/ Le Gai Savoir" in Speaking about Godard (New York University Press, 1998).
  • Hito Steyerl, "In Defense of the Poor Image," e-flux (2011)