The Otolith Group’s new video essay People to be Resembling can be described as a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the post-free jazz, pre-world music trio Codona , founded by multi-instrumentalists Collin Walcott , Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. Consisting of stills by renowned photographers Roberto Masotti and Isio Saba, newly filmed and archival footage and original music performed by musician Charles Hayward, People to be Resembling reimagines the poetics of permutation that informed the sonic geography of the first Codona album recorded with ECM in September 1978. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to redream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik . In its arrangement of positive and negative with colour and black and white and still and moving imagery, The Otolith Groups People to be Resembling stages an experiment in mnemonic cohabitation inspired by the visionary music of Codona .
People to be Resembling was commissioned by Haus der Kunst on the occasion of the exhibitionECM – A Cultural Archaeology with the generous support of Project 88, Mumbai.