Otolith

2003

Sagar, Anjalika
Eshun, Kodwo
Couzins, Richard
The Otolith Group
Otolith is made up of multiple archival sources. Found or historical material is spliced with new footage to create an amalgam of fact and fiction. The film's narrator, a fictional descendant of Anjalika Sagar living in space in 2103, proclaims: "Earth is out of bounds for us now; it remains a planet accessible only through media." She looks back at several generations of women from the Sagar family, linking her own (fictional) experiences with those of Sagar's actual grandmother. Taking its name from otoliths, the minute particles found in the inner ear, the film reorients our perceptions of the world by weaving personal and public histories together. In doing so it creates a complex sci-fi story that points to a potential future while commenting on the current war in Iraq and issues of global feminism, race and cultural history.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 30 minutes
  • Edition: 1 of 10
  • Material description: digibetcam
  • Credit line: © the artists. Commissioned by MIR Consortium/The Arts Catalyst.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC14/2006

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