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Graeme thomson, silvia maglioni
Underwritten by Shadows Still
Experimental film, Performance | hdv | color and b&w | 33'0'' | United Kingdom / France | 2017
"Underwritten by Shadows Still" is a film composed of subtitled photograms drawn from a wide range of films and accompanied by an electronic soundtrack containing sound samples that originate from spaces between voices. As the succession of subtitled stills passes before our eyes, a soundless voice begins to speak through the words printed on the images, forming a discourse that links them together, while gathering the characters into a dispersed community of ghostly apparitions. The narrative that traverses them soon begins to bifurcate into other lines, other voices which are no more than underwritten shadows yet which speak to us and to each other of their imprisonment, their desire to live, their dreams of escape. 
: Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni are filmmakers and artists based in Paris. Their practice interrogates potential forms and fictions emerging from the ruins of the moving image and includes the creation of short and feature films, exhibitions, sound works, film-performances, radio shows, vernacular technologies and books. Their work often makes use of cinema in expanded form to reactivate lost or forgotten archives and histories and to create new modes of collective vision and engagement with contemporary thought and politics. Their work has been presented, screened and installed worldwide at international film festivals, museums, art spaces and alternative venues (including FID-Marseille, Bafici International Film Festival, Jihlava Film Festival, Festival Hors-Pistes, Doc`s Kinkdom, Il Vento del Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, European Media Art Festival, Eye Film Museum, Tate Britain, Serralves Museum, Centre Pompidou, MACBA, REDCAT, Ludwig Museum, The Showroom, KHOJ New Delhi, Museu de Arte Moderna de Bahia, Castello di Rivoli, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, Whitechapel Gallery, Van Abbe Museum, CA2M). They are currently working on a new film, “Common Birds”.