In February 2022 The Project Space in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies hosted the extraordinary sounds and images of The Otolith Group’s Third Part of the Third Measure (2017). Visitors were invited to have a conversation with the wonderful student invigilators about this powerful installation featuring the words and compositions of Julius Eastman (1940-90).
The Third Part of the Third Measure (2017) is a work by The Otolith Group that creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist and vocalist Julius Eastman. The video installation focuses on what The Otolith Group describe as ‘an experience of watching in the key of listening’, invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement building that participates in the global struggles against neoreactionary authoritarianism. The Third Part of the Third Measure invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as ‘full of honour, integrity and boundless courage’.