Inside the Magnetic Fields:Surrealism @ 100
Tuesday November 5 through Wednesday November 20, San Francisco and Berkeley, California


Inside the Magnetic Fields: Surrealism@100

From November 5 though the 17th of 2019, the Bay Area celebrates the 100th anniversary of Surrealism. City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with BAM/PFA, University of California Berkeley's Consortium on Surrealism @100 (organized by UC Berkeley's Program in Critical Theory), Cultural Services of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Cultural Services of the Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco, Duke University Press, Goethe Institut San Francisco, Mechanics' Institute Library, The MIT Press, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Chicago Press, and University of Minnesota Press present a festival of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, music, and performance exploring the historic, aesthetic, and political aspects of surrealism with a particular focus on the lesser known currents of the movement.

Originating in the period between the first and second world wars, Surrealism grew out of a literary movement with an interest in exploring the unconscious. The term surrealiem was coined in 1917 by the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire in reference to a burlesque theater play he produced entitled, Les Mamelles de Tiresias. The word quickly caught on and surrealism went on to influence mainstream arts, literature, theater, music, and film, permeating culture and become a common part of day-to-day language. 

Participants in the celebrations include Will Alexander, Jaqueline Baas, Carolyn Burke, James Leo Cahill, Garrett Caples, Gillian Conoley, Andrew Joron, Stuart Kendall, Susan Laxton, Peter Maravelis, Penelope Rosemont, Jennifer Shaw, and others. Subjects explored include Automatism, the BEATS & Surrealism, Georges Bataille, the Chicago Surrealists, the literary output of Surrealism, Surrealism in Film, the Queer Surrealism of Pierre Molinier, Women in Surrealism, the films of Jean Painleve, the concept of play in Surrealism, the music of Eric Satie, spotlight on Leonora Carrington, and more to be announced.

A website is pending and the full schedule will be announced soon.