University of California
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
IN SEARCH OF UIQ
A film by Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni
FR/IT/UK, 2013, 72’
Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 6:30-8:30 pm
Buchanan Hall 1910, UCSB
Opening remarks by Professor Colin Gardner (Department of Art)
Following the publication of Mille Plateaux (1980), a work that for many marked the highpoint of his creative partnership with Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari began working on a screenplay for a science-fiction film which was never made, Un amour d’UIQ. Initially developed in collaboration with American independent filmmaker Robert Kramer, through various drafts and revisions the script was to occupy Guattari for seven years, from 1980 to 1987.
The film imagines a hyper-intelligent infra-cellular life substance dubbed UIQ (Univers Infra-quark) capable of taking control of global communications networks and of plugging into the precarious ‘desiring machines’ of a community of social and psychological outsiders living in a squat in Germany. Influenced by his work at the La Borde clinic and his engagement with radical politics, UIQ offers a blueprint for a subversive ‘popular’ cinema of scrambled semiotic codes, impersonal and trans-personal affects that in terms of the actual possibility of its being produced would be pure science fiction.
After bringing to light the script for this ‘lost’ film in a book publication, Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni initiated a multiform project combining elements of performance, installation, sound and radio art, and culminating in their film In Search of UIQ, which takes on Guattari’s central quandary: how to give shape to a bodiless entity, seemingly without spatial or temporal limits.shape to a bodiless entity, seemingly without spatial or temporal limits.