For our first meeting, we are going to merge discussion with attending this event at The Showroom, meeting a little before the event itself for a brief IRL meeting. (note, tickets need to be ordered in advance from the Showroom's website)
Meet at 12:00 at:
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ
Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson: In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist, Part 1
Special screening and discussion with Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher, Federico Campagna and the artists: Saturday 1 February, 1–6pm (Tickets: £5/£3)
The Otolith Collective and The Showroom are delighted to announce the UK premiere of artists Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson’s new film In Search of UIQ (2013, 72 min).
Moving surreptitiously between the modes of essay, documentary and fiction, In Search of UIQ unfolds the story of philosopher and schizoanalyst Félix Guattari’s attempts to produce a science fiction blockbuster from his original screenplay, Un Amour d’UIQ (UIQ in Love). The script imagines a hyper-intelligent, invisible, protean life force dubbed UIQ (Infra-quark Universe) that makes contact with a community of outsiders while simultaneously causing havoc to global communications networks as it begins to develop consciousness. Guattari began work on the project at the beginning of the 1980s – collaborating at one time with the independent filmmaker Robert Kramer – and his radical vision for a subversive ‘popular’ film would occupy him on and off for the next seven years.
In Search of UIQ sees Maglioni & Thomson reveal key moments in the development of Guattari’s ambitious project. The film has three movements: the first evokes the prehistory of Guattari's previous film projects around the free radio and the Italian autonomist movements; the second is part documentary, part fiction and reenacts Guattari as an unlikely alien visitor in Hollywood; and the final movement enfolds the artists’ research into Guattari’s archive around the enigmatic figure of a Finnish filmmaker who appears to have his own plans for the Un Amour d’UIQ script.
A special event will be held at The Showroom on Saturday 1 February, with a screening of In Search of UIQ, presentations by Otolith Collective’s Kodwo Eshun, artist and theorist Mark Fisher and philosopher and writer Federico Campagna on the themes of 1980s science fiction cinema, collectivity, mutation, Hollywood cinema and the Autonomist movement, and concluding with a discussion with the artists.
In Search of UIQ is part of a mutating, multiform project that Maglioni & Thomson have conceived around Guattari’s unmade film, with the first work the publication of the Un Amour d’UIQ script, accompanied by a visual essay and Guattari’s notes and letters. It took forever getting ready to exist marks a new stage of development that begins with The Showroom screenings to be followed by a series of ‘transduction’ workshops in different countries and concluding with an exhibition at The Showroom in January 2015 and the English translation of Un Amour d’UIQ: Scénario pour un film qui manque.
Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson are Paris-based artists and filmmakers whose films, installations, eventworks, performances, sound projects and texts interrogate potential futures and fictions hidden in the ruins of cinema and the moving image. Since 2005, their productions (and occasional resistance to production) have been emanating from Terminal Beach, sometimes in alliance with other collectives. Their work has been presented at numerous international festivals and art spaces including FID-Marseille, Bafici, Jihlava, Serralves, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archives, REDCAT, MACBA and Castello di Rivoli. They are currently working on their third feature film, Disappear One, co-produced with La Fabrique Phantom, where they are artists in residence.
The Otolith Collective is a publicly funded, not-for-profit arts organisation run by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of the award-winning artist collective The Otolith Group. The Otolith Collective develops research into lectures, seminars, discussions and screening programmes with a wide range of museums, foundations and private institutions. Recent programmes and exhibitions include Mark Fisher and Justin Barton: On Vanishing Land (2013) at The Showroom, A Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Patwardhan at Tate Modern (2013) and The Militant Image (2011–ongoing).
Mark Fisher was a founding member of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick University. He is the author of the influential Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009) and Ghosts of my Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (Zer0, 2014), to be launched at The Showroom shortly. Since 2004, he has written the celebrated blog k-punk and is a regular contributor to publications including The Wire and Film Quarterly. He lectures in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and is a Commissioning Editor for Zer0 books.
Federico Campagna is a writer currently living in London. He is the co-founder of the multilingual online platform for critical theory Through Europe. His latest book is The Last Night: anti-work, atheism, adventure (Zero Books, 2013) and he is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo’s first philosophical anthology, Canone Bifido (Il Saggiatore, 2014). He currently works at Verso Books.
In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1 is jointly curated by The Otolith Collective and The Showroom.