2014, Wed, Nov 19

The Otolith Group

Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar

The Otolith Group | Medium Earth (film still), 2013 | Courtesy and copyright the artists

The Otolith Group | Medium Earth (film still), 2013 | Courtesy and copyright the artists

Founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Group’s work investigates the histories and potentials of science fiction and Tricontinentalism. In their essay film Medium Earth, The Otolith Group explores the earthquake endangered geology of California as well as the spatialized unconscious of capitalist modernism in the form of underground parking lots.

The film dramatises ongoing audiovisual research into the geopoetics of prediction and premonition that claim to detect the earthquakes of the future. Listening to its deserts, translating the writing of stones and decoding the calligraphy of the earth’s crevices, Medium Earth attunes itself to the seismic psyche of the state of California through images and sounds that confront the senses and the voices of mediums whose bodies are sensitive to seismic occurrences