Jean Painlevé


Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) studied medicine, physics and geology. He was a pioneer of scientific cinema, who managed to defend the film medium as a serious means of research within the scientific community. From 1925 to 1982, Jean Painlevé made more than 200 films, mainly dedicated to the marine world. He projected his vision of society onto nature, giving an ironic colour to his strange and brutal films. He was a dissident of the Surrealist group and refused André Breton’s authority.


The Drowned World at Cinesphere

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech. During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. […]


Ontario Place
MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design