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It's surreal...

"Surrealism - in particular with Salvador Dali - was all about ego. It was all about extreme individualism." (Alejandro Jodorowsky)


I am drawn to surrealism because, primarily, it enhances the reality for me rather than negating it or destroying it. If occasionally it appears as though it has decimated reality, then that reality was perhaps obsolete or self-incinerating anyway.

There is a tendency to see such expressions as ego-gratifying, but really isn't all expression about the ego, and in fact the subconscious? Is it not something deeply felt? Dali himself had stated:

"Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums."


I wouldn't sniff at subversion, though. It often sows the seeds of revolt and change.

There is the more human and humane aspect, exemplified in this brilliant clip. From a rhinocerous image to falling in love with someone from a different time — isn't what we see often what we want to see?


4 comments:

  1. Hi Farzana,

    I am only sometimes drawn to surrealism. :)

    >>From a rhinocerous image to falling in love with someone from a different time — isn't what we see often what we want to see?<<

    For some, I'd say this is probably true. For others, I'd say not, definitely not.

    I've not seen the film, but the clip certainly made it look interesting. Made me think of Freud for some reason, but it's not supposed to work that way, is it?

    Mark

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  2. Farzana,

    In the clip, Owen Wilson's character seems curiously deaf to Dali's analogy. Might it also be that we often hear what we want to hear?

    Mark

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  3. Mark:

    You can't only sometimes be drawn to surrealism just as you can't be a little pregnant!

    Freud? I'd prefer Lacan, more socially mindful interpretation.

    {In the clip, Owen Wilson's character seems curiously deaf to Dali's analogy. Might it also be that we often hear what we want to hear?}

    Yes, but not as potently as seeing what we want to see because the visual has greater dimensional possibilities.

    Besides, he considers himself normal. Perilous thought!

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  4. >>You can't only sometimes be drawn to surrealism just as you can't be a little pregnant!<<

    :) Maybe, but (in language), where one has pull does not one also have push?

    I'd forgotten about Lacan. Thank you.

    >>Yes, but not as potently as seeing what we want to see because the visual has greater dimensional possibilities.<<

    Well, there's timbre, pitch, accoustics, etc. -- but I would not argue that the visual has its day.

    M.

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