The Otolith Group: A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2)

A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2) is the second instalment of a two-part solo show by The Otolith Group. Having shown the films Otolith I and Otolith II at Gasworks in March 2009, the second instalment sees the premiere of Otolith III, and also the first exhibition at The Showroom’s new space in the Church Street neighbourhood, London NW8.

Informed by Satyajit Ray’s unmade film The Alien (1967) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Appunti per un Film sull’India (1968), Otolith III is a single screen projection that replays Ray’s unrealised science fiction film as a series of competing past potential futures. As with Part 1 at Gasworks, the installation was conceived and designed by Will Holder.

Otolith III is accompanied by Otolith Timeline (video, colour, 30min, 2003) which situates The Otolith Trilogy in a speculative history of the 20th and 21st century.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events, including a seminar with The Otolith Group and discussions with filmmaker Eyal Sivan and Bidoun magazine.

A new Otolith Group monograph designed by Will Holder is edited as an archival assemblage linking the two stages of the exhibition. The monograph contains an extensive conversation with the artists and a new text by Jean Matthee.

The Otolith Group received a nomination for the Turner Prize 2010 for A Long Time Between Suns.

A Long Time Between Suns (Part 2) was organised in collaboration with Gasworks.

Otolith III was co-produced by The Showroom, Gasworks and Il Trifoglio Nero and was supported by a grant from Film London.

The Otolith Group monograph was published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with The Showroom and Gasworks, London, MACBA, Barcelona, and Fondazione Galleria Civica – Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento.


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