Fernando Arrabal: About Alfred Jarry and ’Pataphysique

NOV 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


November 11, 2013: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM





Join us for a day with Fernando Arrabal. A self-described “desterrado,” “half-expatriate, half-exiled,” Arrabal was born in Melilla, Spain, but  settled in Paris in 1955. He was a friend of Andy Warhol and Tristan Tzara and spent three years as a member of André Breton’s Surrealist group. In 1962, Arrabal co-founded the Panic Movement with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Roland Topor, and was elected Transcendent Satrap of the Collège de 'Pataphysique in 1990, putting him in the company of Marcel Duchamp, Eugène Ionesco, Man Ray, Boris Vian, Dario Fo, Umberto Eco  and Jean Baudrillard.

Arrabal has directed seven full-length feature films; he has published over 100 plays, 14 novels, 800 poetry collections,  chapbooks, and artist’s books; several essays, and his notorious “Letter to General Franco” during the dictator’s lifetime.

Daytime Session: Screenings will include Arrabal’s films Viva la muerte, and L'Arbre de Guernica, among others.

Evening Session: Discussion moderated by Frank Hentschker and Iñigo Ramirez de Haro Valdes. Presented in collaboration with Spain Culture New York- Consulate General of Spain and Performa as part of Performa 13.

Presented as part of Performa 13.