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Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson - B for the Birds

B for the birds is a singular book that aims to rethink the film-form as an open cartography of its lines of enquiry, desire and fabulation.
Its starting point is Common Birds (2019), an experimental adaptation of Aristophanes’ play The Birds, written around 2500 years ago, which imagines a radical line of flight from debt. Departing from their experience of preparing and making the film, the artists and filmmakers experiment with different narrative modes to explore the potentialities of withdrawal and worklessness, zombie languages, outlandish oralities, hauntologies of extinction, symbiotic collaborations and the powers of metamorphosis in creating new alliances among endangered species and imagining a space of re-enchantment for fugitive dwellers of a wounded planet.

Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson are filmmakers and artists whose work interrogates potential forms and fictions emerging from the ruins of the moving image, and whose practice also includes the creation of visual essays, sound and video installations, performances, eventworks, 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.

I remember their names as I had their Dark Matter Tarot card set in my collection in the past! Which I could get again for you if you’re interested (saying this in april 2024..)

Softcover, published in 2023, 196 pages with illustrations.

Publisher: Errant Bodies Press / ISBN : 9783982558516
Medium: Book


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