HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt

The Otolith Group

17 Oct - 08 Dec 2014

The Otolith Group
Medium Earth (film still), 2013
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Medium Earth
17 October — 8 December 2014

Curated by Anselm Franke

In their essay film MEDIUM EARTH (2013), The Otolith Group explores the earthquake endangered geology of California as well as the spatialized unconscious of capitalist modernism. Through pictures that appeal to the senses and the voice of a “medium” whose body is sensitive to seismic occurrences, the film listens to California’s deserts, translates what the stones write, and decodes the calligraphy of the earth’s crevices.

The second part of the exhibition, WHO DOES THE EARTH THINK IT IS (2014), consists of redacted and scanned selections from the unofficial collection of unsolicited earthquake predictions sent by members of the public to the United States Geological Survey Pasadena Field Office at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Southern California, between 1993 and 2007.

Founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Group’s work explores the histories and potentials of science fiction and Tricontinentalism. Recent solo exhibitions include Thoughtform, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, 2011; A Lure a Part Allure Apart, Bétonsalon, Paris, 2011, Westfailure, Project 88, Mumbai, 2012 and Medium Earth, REDCAT, Los Angeles, 2013.

Recent group exhibitions include There is always a cup of sea to sail in: 29th Biennial de Sao Paulo, 2010; In the Days of the Comet: British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London, 2011; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012, ECM: A Cultural Archaeology, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2013; The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013; and After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013.

In 2010, The Otolith Group was nominated for the Turner Prize.

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