The Otolith Group was founded by artists and theorists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002. The anatomical entity of the otolith operates as a kind of figurative black box for withholding intention and calculating discrepancy. Articulating the idea of the Otolith with the idea of the Group alludes to the histories of collective practices invented by artists that theorise and theorists that practice art within and beyond the United Kingdom.
The post-cinematic practice of Eshun and Sagar is informed by an aesthetics of the essayistic that takes the form of a science fiction of the present in which moving images, sonic speculations, performances, publications and installations explore the intertemporal crises and interscalar catastrophes that construct the Racial Capitalocene.
The Otolith Group have recently exhibited at Tate Britain, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Carnegie International, 57th Edition; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Villa Empain-Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Sharjah Biennial 13, 11th Gwangju Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art, Vienna and Museo Serralves, Porto. The Otolith Group's solo exhibition Xenogenesis was presented at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge in 2020 and 2021 and travelled to the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah in 2022 and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2023.