DXG #5: Thinking ‘The Idea of Black Culture’ Critically

30 Nov 2023

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Thu, 30 Nov
18:30 – 20:00

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: Cooper Gallery

This event is open to all and free to attend. Book a space via Eventbrite. Participants will receive a Zoom link upon registering for a free ticket.

Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group are joined by scholar and activist Professor Augustine "Gus" John to discuss the idea of Black Culture inspired by Hortense Spillers’ landmark essay The Idea of Black Culture (2006).


This workshop forms part of The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Curriculum #3 programmed in collaboration with the Department for Xenogenesis.


This event is open to all and free to attend. Book a space via Eventbrite. Participants will receive a Zoom link upon registering for a free ticket.


Professor Augustine "Gus" John is a scholar and activist. He was was born in Grenada and has lived mainly in the UK since 1964. He was a member of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) in the mid-to-late 60s and a member of the Council of the Institute of Race Relations in the early 70s. He has done notable work in the fields of education policy; the role of schooling and education in promoting social justice; school improvement; management and international development. Since the 60s he has been active in issues of education and schooling in Britain's inner cities such as London, Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

He is the author of, among other titles, Born to Be Great – a Charter for Raising the Achievement of Black Caribbean Boys and The Case for a Learner’s Charter for Schools. His most recent publications (2023) are: Blazing Trails - stories of a heroic generation and Don’t Salvage the Empire Windrush. Published by New Beacon Books, London.

Professor John is a columnist for the Jamaica Gleaner and in 2020 was listed as one of 100 Great Black Britons.

The Otolith Group is an award-winning artist led collective founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002.

Their moving image, audio works, performances and installations are characterized by an engagement with the legacies and potentialities of diasporic futurisms that explore modes of temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions and synthetic alienation.

Approaching curation as an artistic practice of building intergenerational and cross-cultural platforms, the collective has been influential in critically introducing particular works of artists such as Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Anand Patwardhan, Etel Adnan, Black Audio Film Collective, Sue Clayton, Mani Kaul, Peter Watkins, and Chimurenga in the UK, US, Europe, and Lebanon.


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The Otolith Group


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