Previously at the ICA - Talks
26 Aug 2018
Still from Serpent Rain (2016) by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman.
Ayesha Hameed’s moving image, performance and written work explore contemporary borders and migration, and visual cultures of the Black Atlantic. Her projects Black Atlantis and A Rough History (of the destruction of fingerprints) have been performed and exhibited internationally. She is the co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater, 2017), which was nominated for a 2018 International Center of Photography's Infinity Award in the Critical Writing and Research category. She is currently the Programme Leader for the MA in Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London.
Ashwani Sharma is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, and a member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. He is presently completing a book After the End of the World: On Race and Visual Culture in Global Times (Bloomsbury), in which he is examining aesthetics and the politics of time. He is a series editor of Radical Cultural Studies at Rowman and Littlefield.
His research and teaching interests include: contemporary audio-visual culture; postcolonial and black cultural theory; digital and urban culture; global film and TV; open access publishing and online journals. He is a founding editor of darkmatter journal where he has edited a number of special issues including on the TV series ‘The Wire’, and ‘Post-racial Imaginaries’. He is the co-editor of Disorienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Music (Zed Books, 1996). He is a member of the Black Study Group (London), and is developing an online (sub)urban archival project ‘Must We Burn Croydon’. He writes poetry, has worked at the BBC and on sound for independent films, and has been an aeronautical engineer.
The Otolith Group is an award-winning collaboration whose practice spans the moving image, audio, performance, installation, and research. Founded in 2002 by the artists and theorists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, the group engages with the cultural and political legacies and potentialities of non-aligned movements, new media, Black Study, Afrofuturism, and Indofuturism while thinking speculatively with science fictions of the present. Expanding on the work of The Otolith Group is the public platform The Otolith Collective, whose work spans programming, exhibition-making, artists’ writing, workshops, publication, and teaching, and has been influential in critically engaging the works of Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Anand Patwardhan, Etel Adnan, Black Audio Film Collective, Sue Clayton, Mani Kaul, Peter Watkins, and Chimurenga in the UK, US, Europe, and Lebanon. The work of The Otolith Group and Collective has been presented widely, most recently at the Berlinale 13th Forum Expanded; Khiasma, Paris; The Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Sharjah Biennial 13; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Haus Der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin. The Otolith Group was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. Their exhibition A Lost Future: The Otolith Group is on view in New York at The Rubin Museum of Art, June 1–September 17, 2018.