The Otolith Group's film I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another (2012) about Etel Adnan will screen at Bar Laika, NYC, October 20, 5pm.
Join us at Bar Laika on Saturday, October 20 at 5pm with the Otolith Group and the screening of their wonderful 2012 film on Etel Adnan titled I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another. Our menu for the evening is prepared by The Otolith Group's Anjalika Sagar.
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another (2012, 33'32")
Etel Adnan's highly influential writings, in French, English and Arabic have been read around the world. Her recent epic poem, Sea and Fog, published by Nightboat Books, in 2012, evokes the sea and the fog as metaphors for power and time, exploring the nature of the individual spirit and the sentience of the natural world.
The Otolith Group's film, shot largely in Adnan's Paris apartment, centers on a reading of the first chapter of her poem, Sea. The sound of Adnan's gentle voice, and the quiet but ever present ambient noise in her apartment, create a powerful, meditative atmosphere that draw upon the powers of philosophy to pursue the continuous mutation of matter into velocity. If poetry can be understood as a study in constraint, the film, I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another, can be understood as an experiment in concentration and a study of gestures, that speaks of the mobility of language and the movement of the ocean.
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another (2012) following from Hydra Decapita (2010), is part two of The Otolith Group's trilogy of works on hydropolitics and hydroaesthetics. The Radiant (2012), completes this trilogy.