DXG #4: Thinking Butler Attentively

Thursday 23 November 2023

Online reading session led by The Otolith Group and Akwugo Emejulu (online)

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Thursday 23 November 2023, 18:30 - 20:00
Booking required?

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled with a new date will be announced.

The Otolith Group and Akwugo Emejulu will lead a reading session that attends to one passage from Octavia E. Butler’s novel Wild Seed (1980) so as to engage with the science fiction of Butler as an experiment in thinking Otherwise.

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



The reading session is open to all and free to attend.

Participant information


This is a large capacity online session held on Zoom. An open discussion with participants will be instigated by The Otolith Group and Akwugo Emejulu. After registering a free place via Eventbrite, participants will receive a Zoom meeting link.

The event will be live-captioned on Zoom

Access the text
Online p88-89 (Headline Publishing Group, 2020)
Or ask for a printed copy at the exhibition


Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour’s grassroots activism in Europe and the United States. She is the author of several books including Precarious Solidarities (Manchester University Press, 2025), Fugitive Feminism (Silver Press, 2022) and Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain (Policy Press, 2017). She is co-editor of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019). 

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.


The event will have live captions on Zoom.

All enquiries please contact: exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk

About the exhibition

...But There Are New Suns is the first major exhibition in Scotland by the Turner Prize nominated artist collective The Otolith Group; and is the third iteration of The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins towards Creative Emancipation.

13 October – 16 December
Monday – Saturday, 12–5pm

Read more on our exhibition page.

Funding support

The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 

Logo block. Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Creative Scotland, National Lottery Funded

Cooper Gallery

Event type Gallery event
Event category Design and Art