Every Name in History Is I
Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series

Jalal Toufic

April 19th, 2013, 18:30, KAT1

The lecture performance will be in English.

“Part of Nietzsche’s solitude has to do with the paucity if not absence of untimely collaborators with him while he was dead before dying (physically) between 1889 and 1900—and beyond? Why should one try to collaborate (in an untimely manner) with the Nietzsche who died before dying? One should do so partly because in his letter to Jacob Burckhardt on January 5, 1889, Nietzsche exclaimed, ‘Every name in history is I,’ implicating all of us in what he was undergoing in his dying before dying (physically), and because as mortals each one of us is dead before dying (physically), with the consequence that the part/version of each one of us that is dead exclaims at one point or another, ‘Every name in history [which includes Friedrich (Nietzsche)] is I.’” (Jalal Toufic)

Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of, among other books, (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), Forthcoming (2000), The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (2009), What Is the Sum of Recurrently? (2010), and What Were You Thinking? (2011). Many of his books, most of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download as PDF files at his website: He is a participant in the Sharjah Biennial 11, and he was most recently a participant in the 9th Shanghai Biennale, Documenta 13, the 3rd Athens Biennale, Art in the Auditorium III(Whitechapel Gallery …), Six Lines of Flight (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), and Meeting Points 6(Beirut Art Center and Argos). In 2011, he was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD.

For Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series, Burak Delier, Merve Ünsal, Aykan Safoğlu, Jalal Toufic and Selçuk Artut are invited to produce and give lecture performances between January – May 2013 at KAT1.

Each artist interprets the lecture performance format within their own practice and proposes performative strategies of staging discourse. Among the issues that will be discussed in the framework of Cda-Projects Grant Lecture Performance Series are artistic production and how it is marketed, autocensorship, construction of the artistic self, the vicious circle of eternal return and the troubled relationship of art practice in Turkey with the West throughout its history.