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”.
The Otolith Group
Great Britain / United Arab Emirates / USA
44’ · 2-Kanal-Videoinstallation
Dante Micheaux (speaker)Elaine Mitchener (speaker)Rolf Hind (pianist)Zubin Kanga (pianist)Eliza McCarthy (pianist)Siwan Rhys (pianist)
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.Filmography
2003 Otolith Timeline · Otolith I 2006 Be Silent for the Ears of God are Everywhere 2007 Otolith II · Inner Time of Television; video installation 2008 Nervus Rerum 2009 Otolith III 2010 Communists Like Us · Hydra Decapita 2011 Anathema 2012 I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another · The Radiant · People to be Resembling 2013 Medium Earth · In the Year of the Quiet Sun 2014 Sovereign Sisters 2015 From Left to Night 2017 The Third Part of the Third Measure
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018