Thinker, writer, and video artist Jalal Toufic  came to speak this morning as part of the CalArts Plays Itself symposium. His lecture titled Don’t Go to Hell for the Sake of Finishing Watching the Film raised some interesting concerns. Ultimately, Toufic's paper requests that we as film-viewers question the value of an "aesthetic" experience when it places us in direct relationship with evil.
Following his talk in the SAANA building, Toufic visited some of the installations at PACT. Students were able to continue the conversation within the context of their own art practices. Our discussions will continue tomorrow at 10:00 with Irit Rogoff's talk Public. For a complete description please visit our symposium page .