ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to host a talk with The Otolith Group as part of the exhibition AN IMAGE during Miami Art Week. The program will start with a screening of the short film The Radiant, followed by the talk moderated by Graham Eng-Wilmot, scholar of visual culture at UC-Irvine.
This talk is free, but we encourage guests to RSVP via eventbrite.
About the Film: The Radiant (65 min)
The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11 2011, when the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck the North East Coast of Japan at 2.46pm, triggering a tsunami that killed tens of thousands and causing the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In the fissures opened by these catastrophes, The Radiant travels through time and space, invoking the historical promise of nuclear energy and summoning the future threat of radiation that converge upon the benighted present. Under these conditions, the illuminated cities and evacuated villages of Japan can be understood as a laboratory for the global nuclear regime that exposes its citizens to the necropolitics of radiation.
About the Otolith Group
The Otolith Collective is curated and directed by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. It coexists by curating, programming, publishing and supporting the presentation of artists work, contributing to a critical field of exploration between visual culture and exhibiting in contemporary art. They have curated and co-curated programmes and exhibitions including, A Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Patwardhan at the Tate Modern, The Inner Time of Television ( a collaboration with Chris Marker ), The Journey, by Peter Watkins at the 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 programme Protest conceived as part of the Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office. In 2010 The Otolith Group were nominated for the Turner Prize.
About Graham Eng-Wilmot
Graham Eng-Wilmot is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. His research orbits around histories and theories of audiovisual media and popular culture, specifically as productive lenses through which to examine the sociopolitical dynamics of race in America. His scholarship has appeared in American Quarterly. Before entering his doctoral studies he was a national home page editor at The Washington Post (2008-2011). He has also served as the editor-in-chief of Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture (2008-2010).