Breathless Days: 1959-1960


Patricia to Michel:
“I want to know what’s behind that mask of yours”
- Á bout de souffle (“Breathless,” 1960)



"Breathless Days: 1959-1960" is a three-day conference organized by Professors Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian with Carla Benzan and Aldona Dziedziejko in the department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia (see conference description). The conference considers the cultural production and historical events of these pivotal years and takes part in Dr. Guilbaut's transnational research project of the same name (see project description).

This website was originally created to provide a collaborative forum for students and scholars of this period to collaboratively and cumulatively list and discuss the events and works of those years. Now that the conference has concluded, this site will focus on the development of the permanent Web Archive that is scheduled for completion in during the summer, 2010 and will remain online until September, 2015.

Development of content for the Web Archive will begin on June 1, 2010. This content will be brought together from a variety of sources including the online project. The organizers encourage all members of the online project to add to the wikispace so that the permanent web archive offers a broad spectrum of interests and issues. The project is open to the public, students, emerging scholars and others are encouraged to participate before the web content begins on June 1.

Online Project and Permanent Web Archive (2009-2015).


Organized by Professors Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian with Carla Benzan and Aldona Dziedziejko in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, University of British Columbia. For more information please email conf5960@interchange.ubc.ca.

The conference organizers thank the following donors for their support: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences; the Consulate General of France in Vancouver; the United States Consulate General in Vancouver; the Pacific Cinémathèque (www.cinematheque.bc.ca); the Fondation Hartung Bergman. The following offices at the University of British Columbia have made contributions to the conference and its initiatives: the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts; the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory; the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic; the Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund, Office of the Vice President Students; the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Department of French, Italian and Hispanic Studies; the Department of Theatre and Film. Regis Michel's visit is supported by the UBC Curatorial Lecture Series. The Series is organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Department of Anthropology, and supported by the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies and the Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia.