WHAP! Screening: Simondon of the Desert
West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
CRITICAL STUDIES: Come celebrate the birthday of French philosopher of technology Gilbert Simondon (b. October 2nd, 1924) with the US premiere of François Lagarde’s documentary film Simondon of the Desert. Followed by a Q&A with the film director, and specialists of Simondon’s work.
Pascal Chabot studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the Free University of Brussels, and teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Communications Sociales (IHECS), Brussels. His many publications include a study of Gilbert Simondon’s work (Vrin, 2003). He is currently preparing a philosophical essay about the problem of burn-out for the Presses Universitaires de France. In 2009, he published a book with the photographer Sergine Laroux about the work of choreographer Michèle Noiret.
Arne De Boever teaches American Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. He also directs the School’s MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics. He has published numerous articles on literature, film, and critical theory and is editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. His book States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel was published by Continuum.
Erich Hörl is Professor of Media Philosophy and Technology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and head of the Bochum Colloquium for Media Studies (bkm). His research interests cover the history and philosophy of cybernetics and the description of the cybernetization of our forms of life, and he has widely published in this field. For his current research, which involves the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon, he is developing a General Ecology of Media and Technology.
François Lagarde is a photographer and filmmaker who has been teaching art students for 24 years. He has edited several books, including the legendary Beat Hotel, inspired by the photographs of Harold Chapman. His films often operate as encounters with people he admires: during the 1970s and 80s, he made films about William S. Burroughs, Ernst Jünger, and Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD; during the 1990s, about Roger Laporte and Phillippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Simondon of the Desert, which he made with Pascal Chabot, was selected for the International Festival of Documentary Film in Marseille. With Marco Filoni, he is at work on a documentary about Alexandre Kojève.