After completing a PhD on Nomadism, Silvia Maglioni was lucky to get out alive from the fast-crumbling halls of academe and then all she wanted to do was to rollerblade along Venice Beach while listening to Nico’s "The Marble Index" and reading Adorno’s "Minima Moralia". However, she co-founded with Graeme Thomson TERMINAL BEACH, a constructivist zone for critical reflection, exploring possible new configurations of image, sound, text and politics, using cinema in expanded form to reactivate lost or forgotten archives and histories and to create new modes of collective engagement with contemporary thought. Maglioni & Thomson's work (and occasionally resistance to work) interrogates potential forms and fictions emerging from the ruins of the moving image. Their practice includes the creation of short and feature films, sound and videoinstallations, exhibitions, performances, event-works, seeances, radio shows, tube-tracts and books. Their first feature film, 'Facs of Life' (2009), draws on encounters with a number of former students of Gilles Deleuze and with the video archive in which they appear, navigating between the terrains of documentary, fiction and essay to explore aspects of Deleuze's philosophical legacy. Their second feature, 'In Search of UIQ' (2013), unfolds the story of Félix Guattari’s lost science-fiction screenplay, 'Un Amour d’UIQ' ('A Love of UIQ'), through a series of fabulations and spectral re-enactments, in relation to key social and political transformations of our time from Autonomist struggles to the digital recoding of life. Their recent feature 'Disappear One' (2015) works a series of variations around Kafka's unfinished novel 'Amerika', shifting the trajectory of Karl's journey towards Brazil and tracing its lines of disappearance in the depths of the South Atlantic. Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson are currently working on a number of projects including exhibitions, publications, film-performances and the invention of experimental collective platforms. They are artists in residence at Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers (Aubervilliers - Paris), where they are developing a new project, “common infra/ctions”.
Their work has been presented in a number of international film festivals, art spaces and museums including FID-Marseille, Bafici, Jihlava, Il Vento del Cinema, Beirut Festival International de Film de Creation, Anthology Film Archives, Tate Britain, Serralves, Centre Pompidou, Redcat, MACBA, Ludwig Museum, The Showroom, Laboral, Castello di Rivoli, Museu de Arte Moderna de Bahia, Whitechapel.