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The Otolith Group, INFINITY minus Infinity (2019) Screening

13 December 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A person with a triangle on their forehead stands still in a blue space. To the left is a close up face also with a triangle painted on the forehead.



The Otolith Group, INFINITY minus Infinity (2019)
Duration: 56 minutes 51 seconds
4K video, colour, stereo sound

INFINITY minus Infinity draws on several inspirations: the modernist verse of the Jamaican poet Una Marson, the alluvial invocations of the Martinican philosopher and poet Édouard Glissant, the black feminist poetics of the Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva, and the racial formation of geology theorised by British geographer Kathryn Yusoff amongst others in order to envision a black feminist cosmos animated by the principles of mathematical nihilism. The phrase “hostile environment” invokes the covert policy of targeting migrants enacted by the UK Conservative government since 2014. It stands for the criminalization of the Afro-Caribbean women and men that migrated to Britain in the 1950s to help reconstruct its industrial infrastructure after the war. The recent effort to detain and deport the women and men of the “Windrush generation”—so called because they followed in the wake of the men that emigrated to Britain from the Caribbean on board the HMS Empire Windrush in 1948—reveals the commitment of the British State to disarticulating the forms of attachment and belonging of Afro-Caribbean settlement that helped decolonize the British empire from within.

INFINITY minus Infinity extends its confrontation with the Tory policy of the ongoing hostile environment into an interscalar movement between times and spaces. It brings together dance, performance, music, recital, and digital animation to compose a transhistorical zone in which the unpayable debts of racial capitalism cannot be separated from the ongoing crimes of climate catastrophe. INFINITY minus Infinity enacts the past distress, present duress and future dread of the British Capitalocene through the assembly of a chorus of transtemporal deities whose utterances, expressions, gestures, and movements allude to the accumulated times and spaces of the United Kingdom’s environmental hostility. INFINITY minus Infinity confronts the compounded timelines of the afterlife of slavery enacted by British imperial capitalism with the forces and the fictions of 21st Century black feminist digital cosmology. Commissioned by Sharjah Architecture Triennial SAT01, 2019. Co-produced with Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture.

The Re-Action of Black Performance is a British Art Network research group led by Sabrina Henry (Curator, CCA Glasgow) and Ashanti Harris (multidisciplinary artist, Glasgow) which explores how the state of being reactive (re-active) is used as a theme in Black British performance art; not only as an act of agency and resistance but additionally as a creative catalyst in the form, process, intention and legacy of the works created.

In response to the film Infinity Minus Infinity (2019), by the Otolith Group, Sabrina and Ashanti are collaborating with Award winning choreographer and Director Mele Broomes to facilitate a live, improvised, call and response performance, exploring the themes of the film alongside some of the research gathered as part of The Re-Action of Black Performance. The improvisation will be performed by Scotland-based, BPOC performance artists, each working with their own embodied medium – a dancer, a DJ, a performance artist, a costume designer, and a multidisciplinary artist. Mele Broomes, Plantainchipps, Saoirse Amira Anis, Marios Ento-Engkolo.

Image: The Otolith Group, INFINITY minus Infinity, 2019 (video still). Courtesy of the artist and LUX.


13 December 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Cooper Gallery
Crawford Building, University of Dundee, Perth Road
Dundee, DD1 4HT United Kingdom
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The Re-Action of Black Performance