previews

  • Otolith Group, Otolith III, 2009, still from an HD color video, 48 minutes.

    The Otolith Group: Thoughtform

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    February 4–May 29, 2011

    Curated by Chus Martínez

    Founded in London in 2002 by artists and cultural theorists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, the Otolith Group (a 2010 Turner Prize nominee) examines the nature of human memory and perception through a mesmerizing array of films, texts, and media-related activities. Expanding beyond the documentary genre by crossing appropriated footage with science fiction, the group assembles a montage of experimental images and sounds that narrate the history of our postcolonial, postsocialist present. Nine of the collective’s works from the past seven years will be staged at MACBA, complemented by additional materials from tangential sources, in keeping with the group’s commitment to discourse. In turn, the gallery becomes a production site, housing public debates on questions such as the relation between contemporary political practice and aesthetic form.