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Screening of The Otolith Group’s INFINITY minus Infinity (2019)

British Art and Natural Forces

  • 18 to 19 November 2020
  • This film screening is part of the multi-part conference programme 'British Art and Natural Forces'
  • Online screening

We are providing free access to watch The Otolith Group’s 56-minute film INFINITY minus Infinity online for a 48-hour period on 18 and 19 November in advance of T. J. Demos’s keynote paper ‘Racial Capitalocene: Ecology and Abolition’ on 19 November, which refers directly to this film.

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.

How to watch

Please sign-up via Eventbrite and you will be sent a password to access the film nearer the time. Limited availability. An email will be sent out after ticket sales have closed.

Two disembodied heads in profile and another in the distance

The Otolith Group, INFINITY minus Infinity (film still), 56 minutes, 51 seconds, Colour, Stereo, 16:9, 2019. Commissioned by Sharjah Architecture Triennial SAT01. Co-produced with Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture.

Digital image courtesy of The Otolith Group and LUX, London