Otolith Group.

founded in 2002 by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar


Eshun *1966, London, GB
1985-1988 studied English Literature at University College, Oxford

 

Sagar *1968, London, GB
1994-1997 studied Anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Ehibitions (Selection):

2011 Thoughtform, MACBA Barcelona, Spain
2010/11 In the Year 2103 Experimenter, Kolkatta, Seven Arts, Delhi, India
2010 nominated for the Turner Prize
2009 A Long Time Between Suns Part I, Gasworks London, GB
2009 A Long Time Between Suns Part II, The Showroom, London, GB

Otholit II

Date: 2007
Length: 47:42 min.
Format:  16:9
Specification: Colour, Sound

 

“Can buildings be innocent shells that do no harm?” inquires a female voice as documentary images of Mumbai and Chandigarh, two prominent Indian urban centers, unfold on the screen. These two metropolises represent contrasting ideas of city dwelling. Mumbai resembles a pulsating, living organism whose oldest surviving structures date back to the 5th century AD. Chandigarh is India's first planned city. With the secession of India and Pakistan in 1947, the region of the Punjab required a new capital, which was erected during the 1950s according to the master plans of Le Corbusier. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of  an independent India, envisaged Chandigarh as a “new town, unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation's faith in the future.”
The Otolith video refutes Nehru's hopeful proclamations. Chandigarh's perfect architectural grids look desolate, while Mumbai’s self-regulating slums are throbbing with life. Yet the video piece further problematizes the opposition of the planned and the organically evolved. Presenting the viewer with the sight of Mumbai's old textile mills transformed into film sets, the Otolith group raises the point of the man-made nature of any urban environment, making us think of the spaces we create and the psychological states we chose to live in.

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