Prof. Jalal Toufic
Professor, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
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BA (American University of Beirut), MA (New York University), PhD (Northwestern University)
(thought-provoking and/or art-provoking) thought; mortality; jouissance; the dancer’s two bodies; silence-over and the immobilization it produces; radical closure and the irruption of unworldly ahistorical fully-formed entities it allows; the withdrawal of tradition past a surpassing disaster; aphoristic writing; messianism; creating universes that don’t fall apart “two days” later.
film theory and aesthetics; dance; art; Middle Eastern film, art, and thought; death; religion (messianism, resurrection …), singular filmmakers (Lynch, Tarkovsky …)
Taught previously at:
California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba), Holy Spirit University—Kaslik (Lebanon), Kadir Has University (Turkey)
— What Was I Thinking? Berlin: e-flux journal-Sternberg Press, 2017.
— Forthcoming, 2nd ed. Berlin: e-flux journal-Sternberg Press, 2014.
— What Were You Thinking? Berlin: Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD, 2011.
— The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster. Los Angeles: California Institute of the Arts/Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater [REDCAT], 2009 (as one of the volumes of the publication that accompanied Walid Raad’s exhibition Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World / Part I_Volume 1_Chapter 1 (Beirut: 1992–2005), edited by Clara Kim); Forthcoming Books, 2009.
— The Lamentations Series: The Ninth Night and Day, video, 59 minutes, 2005.
Postscripts: a book of aphorisms that function as postscripts to my previous books.
Two collaborative videos, one filmed in Beirut and one being filmed in Hong Kong.