Jalal Toufic

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Jalal Toufic
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Occupationartist, filmmaker, and author

Jalal Toufic is a Lebanese artist, filmmaker, and author.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Jalal Toufic is a Lebanese artist, filmmaker, and author of various publications. He was born in 1962 in Beirut. His father was an Iraqi and hid mom was a Palestinian. He has lived in Lebanon for 17 years.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • PhD from Northwestern University
  • MA from New York University
  • BA from American University of Beirut)

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Radical Closure. Singapore: National Gallery Singapore, 2020
  • Postscripts. Stockholm: Moderna Museet; Amsterdam: Roma Publications, 2020
  • What Was I Thinking? Berlin: e-flux journal-Sternberg Press, 2017
  • The Dancer's Two Bodies. Sharjah, UAE: Sharjah Art Foundation, 2015
  • Forthcoming, 2nd ed. Berlin: e-flux journal-Sternberg Press, 2014
  • What Were You Thinking? Berlin: Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD, 2011
  • The Portrait of the Pubescent Girl: A Rite of Non-Passage. Forthcoming Books, 2011
  • What Is the Sum of Recurrently? Istanbul, Turkey: Galeri Nev, 2010
  • Graziella: The Corrected Edition. Forthcoming Books, 2009
  • Over-Sensitivity, 2nd ed. Forthcoming Books, 2009
  • The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster. Forthcoming Books, 2009
  • Undeserving Lebanon. Forthcoming Books, 2007
  • Two or Three Things I'm Dying to Tell You. Sausalito, CA: Post-Apollo Press, 2005
  • ‘Âshûrâ’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins. Beirut, Lebanon: Forthcoming Books, 2005
  • (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film, revised and expanded edition. Sausalito, CA: The Post-Apollo Press, 2003
  • Distracted, 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 2003
  • Undying Love, or Love Dies, Sausalito, CA: The Post-Apollo Press, 2002

Lectures[edit | edit source]

  • "The Auto-Mobility of the Inanimate in Dance with Jalal Toufic," in "Listening, Seeing, Writing, Moving: HWP 2016-17 Course Module I," Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, November 16, 2016.
  • "Conversation with Jalal Toufic & Hito Steyerl," part of "Hito Steyerl: Junktime," Home Workspace Program 2013-14, Ashkal Alwan, April 16, 2014.
  • Lecture and book Launch of What Was I Thinking? (Berlin: e-flux journal-Sternberg Press, 2017), followed by a conversation with artist Walid Raad, e-flux, New York, February 28, 2018: Soundcloud / e-flux podcast.
  • Boiler Room Lecture: Jalal Toufic, "Which Is the More Difficult in the Christian Era: to Resurrect or to Bury?" Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, August 11, 2015.
  • "An Outstanding–and Still Crazy–Task: Transforming Ourselves into Gods," Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, 18 October 2015.

Videos[edit | edit source]

  • The Matrix for Radical Simulationists (aka How to Read The Matrix as a Cypher), film, 72 hours and 36 minutes, 2018.
  • The Matrix for Realists (aka Reviewing The Matrix in Terms of One Cypher), film, 50 hours and 48 minutes, 2018.
  • The Matrix for Realists (aka Reviewing The Matrix in Terms of One Cypher)—A Timesaving, Perception-Taxing Version, film, 138 minutes, 2018.
  • Vertiginous Variations on Vertigo, film, 110 minutes, 2016.
  • An Indefinite Visit to Hong Kong, Solaris (in collaboration with Graziella Rizkallah Toufic), video, 19 minutes, 2016.
  • Victoria Rizkallah; or, The Sticking Out Hair (in collaboration with Graziella Rizkallah Toufic), video, 4 minutes, 2014.
  • Ah Istanbul (in collaboration with Graziella Rizkallah Toufic), video, 20 minutes, 2013.
  • Variations on Guilt and Innocence in 39 Steps, 75 minutes, 2013.
  • Attempt 137 to Map the Drive (in collaboration with video maker Graziella Rizkallah Toufic), 7 minutes, 2011.
  • Lebanese Performance Art; Circle: Ecstatic; Class: Marginalized; Excerpt 3, 5 minutes, 2007.
  • Mother and Son; or, That Obscure Object of Desire (Scenes from an Anamorphic Double Feature), 41 minutes, 2006.
  • A Special Effect Termed “Time”; or, Filming Death at Work, 32 minutes, 2005.
  • The Lamentations Series: The Ninth Night and Day, 60 minutes, 2005.
  • Saving Face, 8 minutes, 2003.
  • The Sleep of Reason: This Blood Spilled in My Veins, 32 minutes, 2002.
  • ‘Âshûrâ’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins, 78 minutes, 2002.
  • Phantom Beirut: A Tribute to Ghassan Salhab, 15 minutes, 2002.
  • Credits Included: A Video in Red and Green, 46 minutes, 1995.

Sources[edit | edit source]