[spectre] Lighthouse invite you to view the new commission by The Otolith Group

Honor Harger honor at lighthouse.org.uk
Tue Apr 10 09:43:55 CEST 2012

Dear Spectres,

Lighthouse invite you to the preview of a new installation by Turner 
Prize nominated artists The Otolith Group.  The work, co-commissioned 
by Lighthouse and a group of arts partners from Brighton, is 
entitled, 'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another'.

The exhibitions opens at Fabrica gallery in Brighton on Friday 13 April at 6pm.
Full details of the work, and associated exhibitions are included below.

I would be delighted if you could join us.

Best wishes,

Honor Harger
Director, Lighthouse


I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another by The Otolith Group
14 April - 27 May 2012
Preview: 13 April, 1800-2100
Fabrica, Brighton, BN1 1AG, UK

Lighthouse are pleased to be co-presenting a new film installation by 
The Otolith Group. This poetic and poignant new commission is centred 
on the renowned poet, painter and philosopher Etel Adnan. It is part 
of a trilogy of works by the artists which reflect on water as a 
source of political and cultural power.

It has been co-commissioned by Lighthouse, Fabrica, Brighton 
Festival, Blast Theory, Photoworks and the University of Brighton's 
Faculty of Arts.

The work is an intimate portrait of the Lebanese-American writer, 
Etel Adnan, one of the most important contemporary figures in Middle 
Eastern literature.  Her highly influential writings, in French, 
English and Arabic have been read around the world.  Her recent work, 
'Sea and Fog' evokes the sea as a metaphor for power, exploring the 
nature of the individual spirit and the individual spiritedness of 
the natural world.

Central to The Otolith's new film, made largely in Adnan's Paris 
apartment, is a reading of extracts from Adnan's recently published 
poems. 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.

The work is the second part of a trilogy of works by The Otolith 
Group reflecting on water as a source of political and cultural 
power. The first in the trilogy was 'Hydra Decapita' (2010).

'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another' was 
commissioned as part of the 'Voices of the Sea' initiative 
(http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/voices-of-the-sea) a 
commissioning opportunity created by a group of Brighton's leading 
visual arts organisations for the Cultural Olympiad - London 2012. 
The commissions are inspired by 'The Boat Project' by Lone Twin, 
which begins its maiden voyage in 2012 and visits Brighton as part of 
Brighton Festival.

- About the Artists

The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun) have emerged as 
one of the most distinctive voices in British contemporary art. Their 
work is research-based, cross-cultural and concerned with the history 
and future of moving image practice. They have exhibited at Tate 
Britain, Nottingham Contemporary, MACBA in Barcelona, the Sao Paolo 
Biennale, the Hayward Gallery and many other galleries 
internationally. In 2010, they were nominated for the prestigious 
Turner Prize. In addition to their artistic practice, The Otolith 
Group have co-curated exhibitions publications on Harun Farocki 
(2009) and Black Audio Film Collective (2007).

- Lighthouse at Brighton Festival

Lighthouse is delighted to be part of Brighton Festival 2012.  As 
well as co-presenting 'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and 
Another' by The Otolith Group, we are partnered on the presentation 
of a second major commission by contemporary artist-group Invisible 
Flock, and an exhibition by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.

Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock (http://is.gd/invisibleflock) is a 
sound walk, enriched by interactive sculptures and digital 
storytelling, which explores the imagery, mythology and history of 
the coast. It acts as a conceptual mooring line between Fabrica on 
Ship Street, where The Otolith Group installation is showing, and 
Brighton Marina, where 'The Boat Project' will be docked this May.
Dates: 5 - 27 May 2012
Venue: Starts at Fabrica, Brighton and continues along the Brighton 
seafront to Brighton Marina.

Audience/Performer is a programme of acclaimed film and video works 
by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (http://is.gd/forsythpollard) showing 
at Lighthouse.  Forsyth & Pollard are amongst the UK's leading 
contemporary artists, working at the edge of performance and new 
media.  Music is a potent device throughout their practice, which 
unpicks popular culture through re-enactment and repetition.
Dates: 5 - 26 May 2012
Venue: Lighthouse, Brighton

- Credits

The works by the Otolith Group and Invisible Flock are are inspired 
by The Boat Project (http://www.theboatproject.com), and are 
co-commissioned by Lighthouse, Fabrica, Brighton Festival, Blast 
Theory, Photoworks, The University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts. 
They are part of Relay, a programme of visual arts events taking 
place across the south east of England as part of Cultural Olympiad - 
London 2012.  Relay is an initiative of Turning Point South East, a 
network of visual arts organisations across the region.

- Venues

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG
Lighthouse,  28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK

- Dates

The Otolith Group, 14 - 27 May - see http://is.gd/otolith for screening times
Invisible Flock, 5 - 27 May 2012 - see http://is.gd/invisibleflock for times
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, 5 - 26 May - see 
http://is.gd/forsythpollard for opening times

- Contact

Tel: +44 1273 647197
Email: info at lighthouse.org.uk
Website: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LighthouseArts 

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