John Latham's 1976 roller canvas 'THE' will be on show at FTHo 9–20 March.
9 March–20 March 2015 – by appointment
The work is presented as part of 'What do you mean by the?' – An infinitely small talk as dinner began to break up, an event by Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni alongside their current exhibiton at The Showroom it took forever getting ready to exist: UIQ (the unmaking-of) which runs until 28 March.
In 1974 John came to dinner at my house in Edinburgh. With other friends of mine the conversation was bantering and lighthearted. John seemed out of it until a gap appeared in the chatter. Seeing his chance John leapt in and said to one of the guests, ‘But what do you mean by the word THE!’ I believe the dinner began to break up after that.
David Harding – John Latham – a eulogy at his funeral
There is no reason to believe in a before and after what you call the big bang. If there is such a thing, then it must be happening everywhere, at every moment.
Félix Guattari – A Love of UIQ
Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni propose to take up John Latham’s vexing question, as they say, "partly out of fellow-feeling (as our own attempts at dinner party conversation have, on past occasions, had similar effects)". Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni propose to take up John Latham’s vexing question, as they say, "partly out of fellow-feeling (as our own attempts at dinner party conversation have, on past occasionsbut mostly because we know that in such circumstances we would have stuck around, cleared up what dishes remained on a table now deserted, applied ourselves to restoring plates and glasses to pristine state or thereabouts with sponge and scrubbing brush or whatever cleaning implements and solutions were to hand and, perhaps seeking inspiration in half-finished glasses whether of claret, chianti, tongue-blackening cabernet sauvignon or migraine-inducing haute medoc, peu importe, addressed John’s “definitive” inquiry – which is what we are asking that you join us in doing on this occasion at Flat Time House amid other leavings and left-overs, only with one small request: that we should all refrain from employing such a term as constitutes its object, knowing John’s problem with objects, or at least until such time as we have succeeded in defining it to our insatisfaction.
Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson are filmmakers whose work interrogates potential forms and fictions hidden in the ruins of the moving image. Using cinema in an expanded form to reactivate lost or forgotten histories, they create new modes of collective engagement with contemporary thought through the creation of feature films, exhibitions, sound and video installations, performances, event-works, radio shows and books. 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, museums and art spaces including FID-Marseille, Bafici International Film Festival, Jihlava, Serralves, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archives, REDCAT, MACBA, Castello di Rivoli, The Showroom.
Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni: it took forever getting ready to exist: UIQ (the unmaking-of)
it took forever getting ready to exist: UIQ (the unmaking-of) marks the culmination of Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni’s project around Félix Guattari’s unmade sci-fi film Un Amour d’UIQ (A Love of UIQ). The exhibition centres on a newly commissioned soundwork accompanied by research material and other works that Thomson and Maglioni have created in relation to Guattari’s unrealised film.
12 February–28 March 2015. Wednesday – Saturday 12–6pm.
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ