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Surrealist Symposium at UT April 4-7

Whether you're a fan of Dali's melting clocks or you just like weird movies, the University of Tennessee's upcoming surrealist symposium has several events to look forward to. 

Ok, the melting clocks won't be on display, but another Dali painting will. Plus, the three-day film festival will be showing movies you won't ever get to see in Knoxville, including the recently deceased Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad, and the brilliant Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon. Seriously, put this on your calendars now so you don't forget about it.

Here's the full scoop:

Surrealism Lives at UT!
 Surrealist Symposium Brings Renowned Authors, Art, Films and More to Knoxville from April 4-7

Knoxville, TN -- According to the painter Salvador Dalí, Surrealism sought to help us break free from the "shackles limiting our vision." The spirit of this movement will be alive and well on the campus of the University of Tennessee this spring, through a Surrealist Symposium featuring world-class authors, scholars, translators, and poets from April 4-7.

The key day of the symposium is Monday, April 7, when a series of talks and readings on such topics as "Why Surrealism Matters" will be free and open to the public. Other events on Monday include a reception and book signing with authors and a Hodges Library display of rare surrealist works--along with a Dadaist field trip to UT's well-loved Europa and the Bull fountain sculpture (that may or may not be a mock-academic hoax), and a surprise "reappearance" of the 19th-century poet Arthur Rimbaud. Note: Jackets and ties for men, hats for the women required for the field trip.

"Anyone with an interest in the wonderfully strange should attend," said Marilyn Kallet, director of the Creative Writing Program at UT and organizer of the event. The event is sponsored by the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, the UT Office of Research and Engagement, and University Libraries.

Highlights of the Symposium include:

Talks by some of the world's foremost experts on Surrealist literature and art, including Mary Ann Caws and Mark Polizzotti, publications director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton.

A Surrealist poetry reading featuring Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, and Bill Zavatsky, former Guggenheim Fellow and translator of French poetry.

A special display of Surrealist art and rare books

A three-day Surrealist Film Fest featuring a wide range of films, from pioneering short films, animated and hard-to-find foreign films, and contemporary classics

For a full schedule of events and list of participants, see below. All events are free and open to the public. All films will be shown at the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 4

4:30 p.m.: Two short films: Un Chien Andalou. 1929. Written by Salvidor Dalí and Luis Buñuel, directed by Luis Buñuel. 16 min.), followed by Meshes of the Afternoon. 1943. Directed by Maya Deren & Alexander Hamid. 14 min.

5:20 p.m.: Last Year at Marienbad. 1961. "L'année dernière à Marienbad" (original title). Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet, directed by Alain Resnais. 94 min. French with English subtitles

7:10 p.m.: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. 1972. "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie" (original title) Directed by Luis Buñuel. 102 min. French with English subtitles.

Saturday, April 5

4:30 p.m.: Alice. 1988. "Neco z Alenky" (original title) Directed by Jan Svankmajer. 86 min. Czech with English subtitles.)

6:10 p.m.: Cat Soup. 2001. "Nekojiru-so" (original title). Directed by Tatsuo Sato. 34 min. Japanese with English subtitles.

7:00 p.m.: Synechdoche, NY. 2008. Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. 124 min.

Sunday, April 6

4:30 p.m.: Naked Lunch. 1991. Directed by David Cronenberg, based on the novel by William S. Burroughs. 115 min.

6:40 p.m.: Symbol. 2009. "Shinboru" (original title). Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto. 93 min. Japanese with English subtitles.

8:30 p.m.: Mulholland Drive. 2001. Directed by David Lynch. 147 min.

Monday, April 7

12:00 p.m.: Surrealist Talks by Jonathan Eburne and Kristi Maxwell (1210 McClung Tower)

1:30 p.m.: Dadaist Field Trip to the Fountain of Europa and the Bull (near McClung Tower)

3:00 p.m.: Surrealist Poetry Reading by Marilyn Kallet and Bill Zavatsky (Hodges Library Auditorium)

7:00 p.m.: Keynote Panel: "Why Surrealism Matters," by Mary Ann Caws and Mark Polizzotti (Hodges Library Auditorium)

All Week

Surrealist books and art on display, including Salvador Dali's St. Anthony in the Desert and prints by Byron McKeeby (Special Collections, 121 Hodges Library)


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