I SEE INFINITE DISTANCE BETWEEN ANY POINT AND ANOTHER
THE OTOLITH GROUP
14 April - 27 May 2012
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another is an intimate portrait of poet, painter and philosopher Etel Adnan.
Central to the film, made largely in her Paris apartment, is a reading of extracts from her recently published poem The Sea. The sound of Adnan’s voice and the quiet but ever present ambient noise in her apartment create a film with a powerful, meditative atmosphere. This new film follows Hydra Decapita (2010), which explored the Atlantic slave trade, as the second part of a trilogy reflecting on water as a source of political and cultural power.
Recognised as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary art, The Otolith Group has exhibited world wide. Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun (founders of The Otolith Group) live and work in London. Founded in 2002, 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. They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010.
This exciting new work and a newly commissioned interactive digital work by Invisible Flock brought to Brighton through a partnership between Brighton’s leading visual arts organisations: Fabrica, Lighthouse, Blast Theory, Photoworks, Brighton Festival and University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts.Together they are the selected works from the Voices of the Sea
commissions created in response to The Boat Project. The works are part of RELAY, contemporary art in the south east of England commissioned in response to London 2012.
Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. She has published more than ten books of poetry, essays, cultural writings, and a novel, the celebrated Sitt Marie-Rose on the Civil War in Lebanon. Her most recent work, a book of two poems, is Sea and Fog (Nightboat Books, 2011). She is a recipient of a 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award.