1. performance
      15 December 2009

      If I Can't Dance Tonight with The Otolith Group

      Frascati Theater, Amsterdam
    2. The fourteenth Tonight event featured the Otolith Group & Will Holder. The event included the screening of the film Otolith III and the presentation of the book A Long Time Between Suns, followed by a conversation with Anjalika Sagar, Kodwo Eshun, Will Holder, Grant Watson and Frederique Bergholtz.

    3. Informed by Satyajit Ray’s unmade screenplay The Alien (1967) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Appunti per un film sull’India (1968), Otolith III replays Ray’s unrealised science fiction as a series of competing past potential futures, reanimating a cinematic concept marooned in history. According to its scenario, four of Ray’s principal protagonists – the Boy, the Industrialist, the Journalist, and the Engineer- attempt to locate their director, then cast their own characters from a range of figures appearing in disparate source footage, and at long last complete the film.

      A Long Time Between Suns is an archival assemblage that links the two stages of the exhibition by the same title that was the first solo show in London of The Otolith Group at Gasworks and The Showroom in 2009. A Long Time Between Suns brings together the voiceover scripts of the three films with newly commissioned texts by T.J. Demos, Jean Matthee and Diana McCarty and texts already published by Mark Sinker and the Otolith Group. A Long Time Between Suns has been designed by Will Holder and forms an archival assemblage that crosses a broad stratum of the Group’s practice in its intersection with the practices of interlocutors.

      A Long Time Between Suns is co-published by Sternberg Press, The Showroom and Gasworks, London, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, MACBA, Barcelona, and Fondazione Galleria Civica – Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento.

      Overview of If I Can’t Dance Tonight events

      1. Book launch 'A Long Time Between Suns' and screening 'Otolith III', with the Otolith Group, Will Holder and Grant Watson. Photography: Sal Kroonenberg.
      If I Can't Dance,
      I Don't Want to Be Part of
      Your Revolution