The Otolith Group

Commissioned Artist: Corresponding With

The Otolith Group, founded in 2002, consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, both of whom live and work in London. During their longstanding collaboration, the Otolith Group has drawn from a wide range of resources and materials. The Group explores the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural in the gallery context. Its work is research-based and focuses in particular on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events and histories in their most expanded form.


The Otolith Group has presented its works nationally and internationally and has been commissioned by many museums, public and private galleries, biennials, foundations and other bodies to develop and exhibit its artwork, research, installations, and publications. The Group has curated and co-curated programs and exhibitions including A Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Patwardhan at Tate Modern, London; The Inner Time of Television (in collaboration with Chris Marker), The Journey by Peter Watkins also at Tate Modern; On Vanishing Land by Mark Fisher and Justin Barton; The Militant Image (ongoing), the touring exhibition The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of The Black Audio Film Collective 1982– 1998; Harun Farocki. 22 Films: 1968–2009 at Tate Modern and the touring program Protest conceived as part of the Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office. In 2010, The Otolith Group was nominated for the Turner Prize.

For Corresponding With The Otolith Group will create a new film, shot on the university campus at Santiniketan, India, exploring its historic architecture and public artworks, as well as featuring the activities of students and the local Santhali people. This work will address Tagore’s utopian community and pedagogical experiment in dialogue with contemporary concerns.