The Otolith Group

The Third Part of the Third Measure
2017

15.2.–26.2. daily 11:00–21:00, except Thu. 22.2: 11:00–19:00 Akademie der Künste

2-channel video installation, 44 min. English.

The Third Part of the Third Measure creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist and vocalist Julius Eastman.
The 2-channel video installation focuses on what The Otolith Group describe as an “experience of watching in the key of listening”, invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement building that participates in the global struggles against neoreactionary authoritarianism. Their work invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as “full of honor, integrity and boundless courage”. (Sharjah Biennial)

The Otolith Group is an award-winning artist-led collective and organization founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002 that integrates film and video making, artists’ writing, workshops, exhibition curation, publication, and developing public platforms for the close reading of the image in contemporary society. The group‘s work is formally engaged with research-led projects exploring the legacies and potentialities of artist-led proposals around the document and the essay film, the archive, the aural and sonic medium, speculative futures, and science-fictions.

Director The Otolith Group. Director of photography Kate McDonough. Editing Simon Arazi. Music Julius Eastman. Sound design Tyler Friedman. Sound Duncan Brooker. Costumes The Otolith Group. Make-up Natailia Maus. Casting The Otolith Group. Production management Zara Truss Giles. With Dante Micheaux (speaker), Elaine Mitchener (speaker), Rolf Hind (pianist), Zubin Kanga (pianist), Eliza McCarthy (pianist), Siwan Rhys (pianist).

Films

2003: Otolith Timeline (29 min.), Otolith I (22 min.). 2006: Be Silent for the Ears of God are Everywhere (12 min.). 2007: Otolith II (48 min.), Inner Time of Television (video installation). 2008: Nervus Rerum (33 min.). 2009: Otolith III (49 min.). 2010: Communists Like Us (23 min.), Hydra Decapita (32 min.). 2011: Anathema (37 min.). 2012: I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another (34 min.), The Radiant (65 min.), People to be Resembling (22 min.). 2013: Medium Earth (41 min.), In the Year of the Quiet Sun (34 min.). 2014: Sovereign Sisters (4 min.). 2015: From Left to Night. 2017: The Third Part of the Third Measure.

Photo: © The Otolith Group