New Publication: Filming Simondon @ CJFS

In 1968, Quebec essayist Jean Le Moyne conducted and filmed an interview with French philosopher Gilbert Simondon on the topic of mechanology, or the “science of machines.” Working for the National Film Board of Canada, Le Moyne envisioned using the filmed interview as part of a larger intellectual and artistic project to educate Canadians about modern machines. Like Simondon, he shared an interest in new kinds of philosophical pedagogy about machines. Ultimately, however, neither the filmed interview nor Le Moyne’s project received support from the NFB. By recovering the failed Entretien mécanologique project, this article sheds light on an intellectual experiment that sought to explore philosophy through film, while also addressing the context for the NFB’s resistance to Le Moyne’s project.

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