Carnivàle Pataphysique
November 1,2,3,4, 2012, City Lights Bookstore, Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco Art Institute


City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with the Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco Art Institute, De Montfort University, Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, MIT Press, and Atlas Press


Carnivàle Pataphysique:

A divergent inquiry exploring the anomalous antinomial syzygy of the clinamen of 'Pataphysics  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   You are invited to a four day carnival in San Francisco beginning on the 105th death day of Alfred Jarry, the seminal French novelist, playright, agent provacateur, pioneer in absurdist literature, forerunner of surrealism, and influential figure upon the twentieth century avant-garde. City Lights presents a weekend celebration of the Science of 'Pataphysics. Researchers, musicians, technicians, and poets come together from around the world in pursuit of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attribute the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments. The laws of contradiction, cryptic meanings, and concealed subtexts are explored indepth through lectures, readings, demonstrations, performances, and circumnambulation.

Featuring the launch of a new book on 'pataphysics: Andrew Hugill's 'Pataphysics a Useless Guide, published by MIT Press

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:00 P.M. - Night of the Dancing Toothpicks -

City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94133 - Admission Free - An evening of readings, manifestos, performances, events, happenings, and surprises. Hosted by Peter Maravelis and featuring: Andrew Hugill, Mel Gordon, Michael McClure, Howard Rheingold, Neil Salley, Linda Klieger Stillman, Robin Walz, and special guests. A scale model of Alfred Jarry's Time Machine shall be unveiled and demonstrated for the first time ever! A world premiere! There will also be a first showing of the Pataphysical Slot Machine created by Howard Rheingold, Fabrice Florin, and others. 

Friday, November 2. 2012, 6:00 P.M. -'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide - The Pataphysical Symposium -

Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 - Admission $12.00, Members Free - A round-table symposium supported by MIT Press to launch Andrew Hugill's new book 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide. Hosted by Laura Shepard with Andrew Hugill, Neil Salley, and Robin Walz. Three separate pataphysical presentations shall be offered and then followed by a discussion.

Andrew Hugill: On Uselessness and the necessity for 'Pataphysics.

Neil Salley: Toward a taxonomy of Pataphysics, an introduction to Patamechanics.

Robin Walz: Gidouille: A Prelude to 'Pataphysics.

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. - From San Francisco to San Francisco-By-The-Sea -

Departure point Shakespeare & Co. (City Lights Bookstore) - Admission: Free - As part of the Carnivàle Pataphysique in San Francisco, November 1-4, 2012, you are invited to take part in a dérive around the city using a pataphysical map of Paris. The voyage is modelled on Doctor Faustroll's journey from Paris to Paris by sea in a sieve, as recounted in Alfred Jarry's posthumously published novel. An announcement shall be made on the forthcoming Carnivàle website explaining how to participate. Tour led by Peter Maravelis, performances by Hazy Loper. Mark Gorney, Linus Lancaster, Joshua Mohr, Leonard Pitt, Frederick Young and special guests.

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8:00 P.M. - Ubu's Cave: An Interpretive Recreation of Alfred Jarry's Parisian Apartments -

( At an undisclosed location) - Attendance by invitation only - Invitations are free and shall be made available to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis at the front counter of City Lights Bookstore beginning on the eve of 11/1/2012 - This absinthe driven salon draws inspiration from Jarry's three most famous Parisian dwellings. The program shall feature the Cloud Shepherd music ensemble and then culminate in a shadow puppet performance by Janaki Ranpura, inspired by Ubu Roi. A late night seance shall follow for the devoted.

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:00 P.M. - Amphibian Operas and Debraining Songs -

Lecture Hall, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California, 94133 - Admission: Free - .A concert featuring Betty Roi, who will sing pataphysical songs by Alfred Jarry, Erik Satie, Jacques Prévert, Boris Vian, Raymond Queneau, and Frédéric Inigo, including:

Les feuilles mortes
Le deserteur
Fais moi mal Johnny
Si tu t'imagines
J'suis snob
Simple comme bonjour
Le petit commerce
Je bois
Chanson du decervelage
Le when-when anglais

This will be followed by an illustrated talk on Music and 'Pataphyiscs by Andrew Hugill, including musical examples from Alphonse Allais, Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp, Luc Etienne, Harpo Marx, Jean Dubuffet, Soft Machine, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Gullibloon, Ramuntcho Matta, Marc Battier, and others.

Visit the Carnivàle Pataphysique website :

Books associated with this event:

'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide
by Andrew Hugill

published by MIT Press