Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization, Light Work, are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Anathema” by multimedia art collective The Otolith Group from November 5 – December 19, 2015. The exhibition will take place at UVP’s outdoor architectural projection venue at the Everson Museum of Art.

 

This exhibition will be the second installment of UVP 2015-16: We Were Never Human a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations exploring the shifting idea of what it means to be human.

 

UVP will present a special indoor screening of “The Radiant” and co-founding member of The Otolith Group, Kodwo Eshun, will do a live streaming Q&A at the Everson Museum of Art’s Hosmer Auditorium on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30pm.

 

This event will be free & open to the public. Reception follows.


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About the Work

Anathema (2011)

Total Run Time: 37 min.

 

Anathema is a contemporary Fantasia on the notion of the network and its inherent instability, where the organic networks of human relations and the crystalline lattices of silicon-based technologies intertwine, and often tangle.

 

From the artists’ statement:

 

Anathema re-imagines the microscopic behavior of liquid crystals undergoing turbulence as a sentient entity that possesses the fingertips and the eyes enthralled by the LCD touch-screens of communicative capitalism. Anathema can be understood as an object-oriented video that isolates and recombines the magical gestures of dream factory capitalism. By bringing the telecommunicating couplings of mother-father-daughter-son-machines and boyfriend-girlfriend-units into contact with the conductive imagery of liquid crystallization, Anathema proposes itself as a prototype for a counter-spell assembled from the possible worlds of capitalist sorcery.

 

About the Artists

Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun co-founded The Otolith Group in 2002. The work of The Otolith Group explores the moving image, the archive, the speculative, the sonic, and the aural within the context of a politics of exponentially increasing interconnectedness. Together, they have exhibited, screened, and curated at the British Museum and Tate Modern in London; REDCAT in Los Angeles; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin; and the Smithsonian Hirschorn Museum in Washington D.C.; and have participated in dOCUMENTA (13); the Sao Paulo Biennial; and MANIFESTA 8. Their work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. In 2010, they were nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.

 

For more information, go to: otolithgroup.org

 

Sponsors & Partners

All UVP exhibitions are held in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art, Onondaga County, and the Connective Corridor and are made possible through the generous support of Syracuse University and New York State Council on the Arts.

Anjalika Sagar’s artist talk and screening on Thursday, November 12 is made possible through the generous support of the Syracuse University Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Syracuse University Humanities Center and is part of the official program of Syracuse Symposium 2015: Networks.

 

For a complete list of programs in Syracuse Symposium 2015: Networks, go to: syracusehumanities.org

 

The Otolith Group:
Anathema

  • On View:

    November 5 - December 19, 2015
  • Times:

    Thursday - Saturday
    dusk - 11pm
  • Location:

    UVP Everson
    Everson Museum Plaza
    401 Harrison Street
    Syracuse, NY
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