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Philippe Petit and Slavoj Zizek: Act of Courage

Slovenian philosopher, cultural critic, and Lacanian psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek returns to LIVE from the NYPL for an evening of conversation with French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, subject of the award-winning documentary Man on a Wire, and famous the world over for his high-wire walks. The two will speak about their life’s work and what inspires them to continue exploring new territory. 


Slavoj Zizek (1949) is an academic star, the "Elvis of Cultural Studies," according to one often-quoted journalistic formulation. His lectures, dealing in ideas that are often dense to the point of impenetrability, draw crowds numbering in the hundreds, with their mix of philosophical theory and topical political ideas, both often illustrated by examples drawn from American popular culture.

Philippe Petit (1949) is a French daredevil who became famous in August 1974 for his high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Called the "artistic crime of the century," Petit's daring feat became the focus of a media sensation. Petit has performed high-wire walks around the world, and a 2008 documentary based on his twin towers walk, Man on Wire, won awards and critical praise.

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