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Jalal Toufic
134 pages
ISBN 1-931157-04-9


Jalal Toufic is a writer, film theorist, and video artist. He is the author of (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Films (Station Hill, 1993; 2nd edition forthcoming from Post-Apollo, 2003), Over-Sensitivity (Sun & Moon, 1996), Forthcoming (Atelos, 2000), and Undying Love, or Love Dies (Post-Apollo, 2002). His video and installation works, which include Credits Included: A Video in Red and Green (1995), Radical Closure Artist with Bandaged Sense Organ (1997), Overlooking the Unsightly to See (2000), The Sleep of Reason: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2002), and 'Ashura': THis Blood Spilled in My Veins (2002), have been presented in New York (Artists Space); San Francisco (the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Lab and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); Berkeley (Pacific Film Archive); Los Angeles (UCLA Film and TV Archive); Barcelona (Fundació Antoni Tàpies); Rotterdam (Witte de With); Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts); Berlin (BüroFriedrich); Toronto (YYZ Artists' Outlet); Marseille (centre international de poésie); Athens (the National Museum of Contemporary Art); Umeå, Sweden (BildMuseet); Cairo (Townhouse Gallery); and Beirut. He is a member of the Arab Image Foundation ( He co-edited the special Discourse issue Gilles Deleuze: A Reason to Believe in this World, and edited the special Discourse issues Middle Eastern Films Before Thy Gaze Returns to Thee and Mortals to Death. Toufic has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of the Arts, USC, San Francisco State University, and DasArts (Amsterdam), and he is currently Head of the MA program in Film/Video Studies at the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Holy Spirit University, Lebanon