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Episode 4: Sudden Beams 2 - Extraction
PV: 18th May 4-7pm
Performance & Party: 19th May 7pm till late
Open: Wed - Sat 12-8pm / Sun 12-4pm
OTOKA will launch in at 38-40 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham NG1 2ND 18th May 2023 with:
Episode 4: Sudden Beams 2 - Extraction
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Episode 4: Sudden Beams 2 - Extraction





Opening times

Wed - Sat: 12-8pm / Sun: 12-4pm

38-40 Wheeler Gate


Afrah Shafiq, Mani Kambo, Daniel Asadi Faezi & Mila Zhluktenko, Fileona Dkhar, Anum Awan & Beast Nest, Bishwadhan Rai, Subash Thebe Limbu, Saphy Vong, Chooc Ly Tan & Leïla Arenou, Saraab (Shahana Rajani & Omer Wasim)


Afrah Shafiq

PRIVATE VIEW: 18th May 4-7pm:

Join us for an "in conversation" event with OTOKA Director & artist Candice Jacobs; Lee Nicholls, Creative Producer of Near Now (Broadway's Art & Technology Programme) and Moritz Cheung, curator of Sudden Beams.

PERFORMANCES & LAUNCH PARTY: 19th May 7pm - 11pm

Come celebrate the launch of the new OTOKA space and the Sudden Beams exhibition with performances from:

Tom Harris 19.00 - 20.00; Chooc Ly Tan 20:00 - 21:00 & DJ M75 21:00 - 23:00


Sudden Beams 2: Extraction illuminates the speculative world of Asian futurism. From the billowing dust of the Aral Sea to the emerging eco-horrors of Northeastern India, Extraction proposes fresh visions of humanity and ecology through Asian-inspired science fiction and mythology.

Via an audio-visual experience, we travel through time, space and memory. Sudden Beams 2: Extraction is a spiritual odyssey that explores fantasies of the future, religion and South Asian art, through artists’ film, sound and browser-based game.

This work will be available online from 18th - 28th May 2023.
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Our Lady of I Can Be Anything You Want Me To
Afrah Shafiq
2020, browser-based digital work

Our Lady of I Can Be Anything You Want Me To is an interactive and continually morphing experience that includes a moving image work and a browser-based video game.

Our Lady of I Can Be Anything You Want Me To explores the repetitive and multiplicative images of the Virgin Mary in the post-colonial world, to understand icon making, data and insight, and the logic of generative adversarial networks. And how the figure has become a container that converges with different and contradictory ideas on politics, religions and humankind.

Sudden Beams 2: Extraction is hosted for the first time in a gallery setting at OTOKA and has been curated by Moritz Cheung for Sudden Beams and Platform Asia with exhibition design by Candice Jacobs in association with Framework for Practice.Supported by OTOKA, Near Now (Broadways studio for arts, design and innovation) and Arts Council England.


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Privacy Techtonics Podcast

This series of podcasts are led and facilitated by Dr. Phillipa Williams & Dr. Lipika Kamra from Queen Mary University London who are currently writing the book “Privacy Techtonics: Digital geopolitics, WhatsApp and India” - a critical take on how ‘privacy’ is designed, talked about, regulated and experienced by WhatsApp/Meta, governments and ordinary people. Excerpts from these conversations will feature alongside newly commissioned texts in a downloadable Privacy Techtonics PDF catalogue.


Every year, OTOKA takes up residence on the crystal waters of the Croatian shore where invited guests consolidate thoughts & lasting legacies from the project to become an "Act" of escapism.
With an episodic programming structure, sites become spaces for contemplation and interdisciplinary collaboration. Expanding methodologies through a symbiotic & symbolic language forged out of the ether to extract data and knowledge from the collective subconscious and attuned minds of the bodies we inhabit.
Un-attached to the necessity of needing long-term space, OTOKA responds to and reacts against the infrastructures we might feel we are embedded within, to work outside of and slide between, gaps in the system to create actions that can act as Temporary Autonomous Zones, zones of activity that act within their own rules, to provide what they need to whom they serve in new & unique ways.
OTOKA has been established by artist Candice Jacobs since returning to Nottingham during the Pandemic and becoming a mother.
Candice Jacobs set up OTOKA as a fluidly transitioning temporary autonomous support structure for her research & practice; an attempt to break out from the established modes of expectation applied to artistic practice. As an artist her work explores a world that exists as a mode of interrogation, drawing attention to aspects of reality that require further review and consideration, seizing and documenting behaviours that participate in spatial disturbances to create a shifting of place into angelic sphere (of exhaustion), which involves the manipulation of symbols (which are also things) and people (who are also symbolic); archetypes that supply a vocabulary for the processing of private epiphanies that shape our sense of self through contemporary capitalist frameworks, technological innovation and political modes of thought.


Candice Jacobs

Candice was nominated for the Jarman Award 2022, she co-founded One Thoresby Street, the New Midland Group & Moot Gallery in Nottingham; and she has exhibited across the globe at 56th Venice Biennale; FACT Liverpool; Camden Arts Centre; Artnight 2020; VITRINE; Seventeen Gallery; the Eternal Internet Brother & Sisterhood in Sri Lanka for Documenta 14; and the Material Art Fair in Mexico City amongst others. She is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins & Chelsea College of Art in London.