The Geopolitical Ontology of the Post-Optical Image: Notes on The Otolith Group’s Sovereign Sisters

This essay was published in Xenogenesis, a comprehensive catalogue raisonné and collection of essays on the works of The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun + Anjalika Sagar) co-published by Archive Books and the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of their touring retrospectives in 2021-2022.

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Reflecting on a silent, black-and-white, digital animation titled Sovereign Sisters (2014), the essay examines the political aesthetics of the international infrastructures of connectivity in various historical contexts since the late 19th century, and explores how imaging technologies relate to the different and differential states of being and being human.