In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1

In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1: Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ
30 January - 2 February 2014
Thursday, Friday and Sunday, screenings at 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm (Free admission)

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 Felix 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, philosopher and writer Federico Campagna on the themes of 1980s science fiction cinem, collectivity, mutation, Hollywood cinema and the Autonpmist movement and concluding with a discussion led by the artists.

In Search of UIQ is part of a mutating, multiform project that Maglioni & Thomson have conceived around Guattari’s unmade film. In 2013, Maglioni and Thomson edited Un Amour d’UIQ: Scenario pour un film qui manque (Amsterdam Editions), containing the Un Amour d’UIQ script, Guattari’s notes and letters and essays by the artists and critic Isabelle Mangou. 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 cities throughout Euurope and South America and concluding with an exhibition at The Showroom in January 2015 and the English translation of Un Amour d’UIQ: Scenario pour un film qui manque.

Tickets for the screening and discussion with Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher, Federico Campagna and the artists, can be
booked here

Please note no paper tickets will be issued, names and proof of concessionary rate (if applicable) to be given at the door.


In Search of UIQ: It took forever getting ready to exist Part 1 was jointly curated by The Showroom and The Otolith Collective.



Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson are Paris-based artists and filmmakers whose films, installations, event works and performances interrogate potential futures and fictions hidden in the ruins of cinema and the moving image. Their work has been presented at international festivals and art spaces including FID-Marseille, Bafici, Jihlava, Serralves, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archives, REDCAT, MACBA, Castello di Rivoli. They are currently working on their third feature film, Disappear One.

Mark Fisher was a founding member of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick University. He is the author of the influential Capitalist Realism: Is there no Alternative? (Zer0, 2009) and the forthcoming Ghosts of my Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (Zer0, 2014), to be launched at The Showroom on 11 February 2014. 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 (http://th-rough.eu). His latest book is The Last Night: anti-work, atheism, adventure (Zero Books, 2013). 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, 2013 (film still) by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson


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