The Third Part of the Third Measure

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”.
by The Otolith Group
with Dante Micheaux, Elaine Mitchener, Rolf Hind, Zubin Kanga, Eliza McCarthy, Siwan Rhys
United Kingdom / United Arab Emirates / USA 2016 English 44’


  • Dante Micheaux (speaker)
  • Elaine Mitchener (speaker)
  • Rolf Hind (pianist)
  • Zubin Kanga (pianist)
  • Eliza McCarthy (pianist)
  • Siwan Rhys (pianist)


Director The Otolith Group
Cinematography 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

The Otolith Group

The Otolith Group is an artist-led collective and organization founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002 in London 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.


2003 Otolith Timeline · Otolith Timeline; 29 min. · Otolith I; 23 min. · Otolith I 2006 Be Silent for the Ears of God are Everywhere; 11 min. · Be Silent for the Ears of God are Everywhere 2007 Otolith II · Otolith II; video installation, 48 min. · Inner Time of Television; video installation 2008 Nervus Rerum; video installation, 32 min. · Nervus Rerum 2009 Otolith III; 49 min. · Otolith III 2010 Communists Like Us; 22 min. · Communists Like Us · Hydra Decapita · Hydra Decapita; video installation, 31 min. 2011 Anathema · Anathema; video installation, 37 min. 2012 I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another · I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another; video installation, 33 min. · The Radiant · The Radiant; 65 min., Forum Expanded 2012 · People to be Resembling · People to be Resembling; video installation, 21 min. 2013 Medium Earth; 41 min. · Medium Earth · In the Year of the Quiet Sun · In the Year of the Quiet Sun; videoinstallation, 33 min. 2014 Sovereign Sisters · Sovereign Sisters; 4 min. 2015 From Left to Night · From Left to Night; video installation 2017 The Third Part of the Third Measure; video installation, 43 min., Forum Expanded 2018 · The Third Part of the Third Measure 2018 Nucleus of the Great Union; video installation, 32 min. · O Horizon; video installation, 90 min. 2019 INFINITY minus Infinity; video installation, 52 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020