The Otolith Group presents:
Selected Items from the Archive of Dr. Usha Adebaran Sagar
Usha Adebaran Sagar and the Harbin-Y Lectures: Some Informal Remarks toward Species Being.
The photographic prints, negatives, essay drafts, letters and journal entries here constitute moments from an archaeology of media and an archive of becoming; oblique episodes and opaque instances extracted from a 20th Century itinerary of transnational cosmopolitanism that links post Independence India to Maoist China to Japan to what was then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. What emerges is the potentiality of figures such as the educator Mrs Gyan Chand and the economist Professor Gyan Chand to participate, formulate, inaugurate and mobilise migratory vectors of multiple modernities. These human intercessors play a pivotal role in the constitution of the transnational public sphere through their commitment to forms of negotiation and navigation. From an exoanthropological perpective, one is struck by the dimension of intimate distance and the generation of affective labour that emerges through these technologies of proximity. Indeed, these remnants invoke a proximity to questions of autonomy, praxis, labour, lesiure, bodily hexis, destitution, precarity, neighbourliness, mistranslation and overhearing that indirectly inform certain threads of exoanthroplogical enquiry into the question of species being.
Curated by Annie Fletcher and Frederique Bergholtz --------------If I Can't Dance Its not MyRevolution-----------
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Nov 30th - Jan 15th