A 48-minute single-screen projection, Otolith III takes as its point of departure The Alien (1967), the unrealized sci-fi screenplay by the legendary Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray about a friendly alien visiting a rural Bengal village.
Filmed in London, Otolith III is an experiment in temporal and geographical displacement that its makers call a “premake”, a remake of a film before the original that proposes an alternative trajectory.
Satyajit Ray directed Pather Panchali (1955), film # 7 on The Essential 100 list.
The Otolith Group (named after the structure in the inner ear that gives us a sense of gravity and orientation) was formed in 2000 by London-based artists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. They have been nominated for the 2010 Turner Prize.
Presented in collaboration with The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West.