'Here, then, is a first type of stitch or seam: when science-fiction authors extend, amplify or fabulate with a hypothesis. When what they are exploring is the unexpected manner in which a small difference can produce enormous changes in the way things are and when they pursue and at the same time create the consequences of such a difference. It is then that science fiction becomes a historico-socio-cultural experiment. Like scientific experiments, it gives all due importance to the question "what if?", and to creating the kind of differences that can make a real difference. Like the sciences, science-fiction manages in this case to complicate things, take risks. The counterfactual hypotheses it forges are occasions for learning, whereby the author creates the possibility of envisaging other ways of being "humans" in other worlds - ways that affect their bodies, feelings and thought, so that what we might regard as "normal" becomes material for investigation that the story puts into question.'
Isabelle Stengers, Disorientations
Beginning from Stengers' proposition, Nina Power, The Otolith Collective, Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni engage in a visual conversation on the role science-fiction can play in subverting and expanding our affective and political horizons, splicing their reflections with examples from their own image repertories.
This is an Infra-quark Event to accompany the exhibition Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni: it took forever getting ready to exist: UIQ (the unmaking-of).
Film makers whose work interrogates potential forms and fictions hidden in the ruins of cinema and moving image, Maglioni's and Thomson's works have been presented at FID-Marseille, Bafici, Jihlava, Serralves, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, Anthology Film Archives, REDCAT, MACBA and Castello di Rivoli.More
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.More
An evolving project on the artists' research into Félix Guattari’s unmade sci-fi film Un Amour d’UIQ (A Love of UIQ).More