Please join us for the Australian premiere of Anathema (2011, 37mins) from Turner Prize nominees the Otolith Group this Thursday. The screening will be followed by a conversation with renowned cultural theorist and advisor on the film Mark Fisher, blogger at k-punk and author of Capitalist Realism.
'ANATHEMA reimagines the microscopic behaviour 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.'
The Otolith Group is an award winning artist led collective and organisation founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002 that integrates film and video making, artists writing, workshops, exhibition curation, publication and developing public platforms for the close readings of the image in contemporary society. The Group's work is formally engaged with research led projects exploring the legacies and potentialities of artists led proposals around the document and the essay film, the archive, the aural and sonic medium, speculative futures and science-fictions.
Thursday 20 September 7pm, Tin Sheds Gallery
ALT2 lecture theatre, Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney.
MARK FISHER ON THE OTOLITH GROUP'S 'ANATHEMA'