The British Council in association with Dhaka Art Summit 2020 and Goethe-Institute Bangladesh premiered its film ‘INFINITY minus Infinity’ by the Otolith Group recently in the capital’s Goethe-Institut auditorium.
In ‘INFINITY minus Infinity’, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group brought together dance, music, recital and digital animation to compose a trans-historical zone in which the unpayable debts of racial capitalism cannot be separated from the ongoing crimes of climate catastrophe, according to a press release of British Council Bangladesh
‘INFINITY minus Infinity’ enacts the durational timelines of past distress, present duress and future dread through the assembly of a chorus of deities whose expressions, gestures and movements personify the compounded times and spaces of the hostile environment.
The film screening was attended by Teresa Albor, director of cultural affairs of Samdani Art Foundation, says the British Council press release.
Followed by the screening there was a discussion with Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group. The viewers also participated in an interactive session where they got to know the insights of film making and more about the Otolith Group.
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun who live and work in London.
During their longstanding collaboration, the group drew from a wide range of resources and materials. Their work is research based and spans the moving image, audio, performance, installation, and creation.
They incorporate film making and post-lens-based essayistic aesthetics that explore the temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions, and synthetic alienation of the post human, the inhuman, the non-human, and the complexity of the environmental conditions of life everybody faces.
Expanding on the work of the Otolith Group is their curatorial public platform the Otolith Collective. On this platform programming, exhibition-making, artists’ writing, workshops, publication, and teaching are aimed at developing close readings of images and sounds in contemporary society.