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ZOOLOGICAL SURREALISM event at City Lights Booksellers with James Leo Cahill

When Nov 12, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
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Zoological Surrealism (James Leo Cahill)James Leo Cahill will be at City Lights Booksellers on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. for a talk, video screening and slideshow, Q&A, and signing of his new book, Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé. For more information, click here.


Zoological Surrealism draws from French scientific and nature filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s early oeuvre to rethink the entangled histories of cinema, Surrealism, and scientific research in interwar France. Delving deeply into Painlevé’s archive, James Leo Cahill develops an account of “cinema’s Copernican vocation”—how it was used to forge new scientific discoveries while also displacing and critiquing anthropocentric viewpoints.


"Reading Jean Painlevé’s archive, James Leo Cahill excavates an urgent nonhuman ethics made possible through film. Each chapter of this lively, meticulously researched, and beautifully written book reveals a complex vision of animals-for-themselves and animals as figures for a fraught political culture." —Jennifer Fay, author of Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene


"James Leo Cahill’s study elegantly resolves the contradictions between intellectual biography and non-anthropocentric modes of inquiry. It is an essential text for any reader invested in the development of systems thinking, as well as in the history of experimental film, art, science, and thought." —Jonathan P. Eburne, author of Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas

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