Impossible Surrealism: Georges Bataille and the Surrealist Demand features a conversation about Bataille's themes, manifestos and practices.
Though never an official member of the Surrealist group, Georges Bataille shared its fundamental cry of revolt even as he styled himself as its enemy within. Mild-mannered librarian by day, debauched libertine by night, Bataille authored several classic works of pornographic literature, political economy, sacred sociology, and atheological autobiography, all of which carry the Surrealist ambition. This talk will trace Bataille's engagement with Surrealism from the 1920s to the 1950s, through Documents, Acéphale, and The Accursed Share.
From November 5 though the 20th of 2019, the Bay Area celebrates the 100th anniversary of Surrealism. City Lights Booksellers and Publishers and collaborators present a festival of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, music, and performance exploring the historic, aesthetic, and political aspects of surrealism with a particular focus on the remarkably international, diverse character of the movement. https://www.insidethemagneticfields.net/
Stuart Kendall is a writer, editor, and translator working at the intersections of modern and contemporary design, visual culture, poetics and ecology. His books include The Ends of Art and Design, Georges Bataille, and twelve volumes of translations of poetry, philosophy, and visual and cultural criticism. His edited or co-edited works include Clayton Eshleman: The Whole Art, Terrence Malick: Film and Philosophy, and a special issue of Boom: A Journal of California devoted to contemporary California design. He has taught at SUNY Stony Brook, Boston University, Stanford University, and the California College of the Arts and given lectures at colleges, universities, conferences, and colloquia around the United States. Stuart is currently the President of the Design Studies Forum, a College Art Association Affiliated Society that promotes the study of design history, theory and practice.
Mark Calkins, PH.D. (Moderator) is on the Lecturer Faculty in the Department of Comparative and World Literature, College of Liberal and Creative Arts, San Francisco State University. He has been the moderator of Mechanics' Institute's dedicated Proust Group for over eighteen years.