The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 and consists of London based Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. The Group have drawn from a wide range of resources and materials to explore the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The research based work has focused on the essay film as a form that seeks to look at conditions, events and histories in their most expanded form. This work acts as a resource that is documented on The Group’s website and supports The Otolith Group's public platform – The Otolith Collective.
The Otolith Collective coexists by curating, programming, publishing and supporting the presentation of artists work, contributing to a critical field of exploration between visual culture and exhibiting in contemporary art. Curated and co-curated programmes and exhibitions include, A Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Patwardhan at the Tate Modern, The Inner Time of Television, The Journey, by Peter Watkins at the Tate Modern, On Vanishing Land by Mark Fisher and Justin Barton, the touring exhibition The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of The Black Audio Film Collective 1982-1998, Harun Farocki. 22 Films: 1968-2009 at Tate Modern and the touring programme Protest conceived as part of the Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office.
The Otolith group were first commissioned by Arts Catalyst in 2001, as part of a series of research expeditions for Attention Weightlessness. The project took artists, dancers, film-makers and scientists to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, to experience weightlessness. More recently, The Otolith Group have been involved with the Nuclear Culture programme, curated by Arts Catalyst's Associate Curator Ele Carpenter. In 2013 Kodwo Eshun contributed to a round table event to discuss a programme of artists’ films investigatigating nuclear culture from the perspective of the 21st Century.
In 2010 The Otolith Group were nominated for the Turner Prize.