In Search of UIQ / Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson

Following the publication of A Thousand Plateaus (1980), a work that for many marked the high-point of his creative partnership with Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari began working on a screenplay for a science-fiction film, Un amour d’UIQ. Initially developed in collaboration with American filmmaker Robert Kramer, the script, through its various drafts and revisions, preoccupied Guattari’s attention for seven years, representing a blueprint for a subversive popular cinema through an imagined hyper-intelligent infra-cellular life substance––“UIQ” (Univers Infra-quark)––capable of controlling global communications networks and plugging into the precarious “desiring machines” of a community of social and psychological outsiders living in a German squat. After discovering the unpublished script of Un amour d’UIQ, Paris-based artists and filmmakers Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson initiated a multi-form research project that culminates with In Search of UIQ, a film essay that takes Guattari’s critical impasse of how to give shape to a bodiless entity, seemingly without spatial or temporal limits, as the basis of its inquiry.

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