The Otolith Group

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In the preface to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explained that she wrote fiction not because she enjoyed “weaving stories of supernatural terrors” but because of its capacity “for delineating human passions more comprehensive and commanding [than] the ordinary relations of existing events.” Almost two centuries later, the films of the Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar) also adopt fiction—specifically science fiction, the genre Shelley helped invent—in order to explore impossible or failed histories and the compelling messages coded therein. In A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2), 2009, the artists revisit Satyajit Ray’s unrealized film project The Alien (1967), the tale of an extraterrestrial who lands in a small Bengal village and befriends a boy, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Notes for a Film About India (1968), in which the attempt to shoot a story of ancient India is juxtaposed with

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