November 5 – December 19, 2015
Thurs. – Sat., dusk – 11pm
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY
Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) 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.
In conjunction with the exhibition, 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 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.
About the Work
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
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.