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“The argument o…

April 6, 2013

“The argument of the first manifesto goes like this: Imagination is in “a state of slavery” because “Our brains are dulled by the incurable mania of wanting to make the unknown known.” Logic is at the center of the problem: “Experience itself has found itself increasingly circumscribed” through dependence upon logic and memory, which conspire to limit possibility through a habituated sense of confined consequence. Experience of the new is impossible; every grape broken against the roof of the mouth with the tongue is merely a sensation echoing the past, a figment of some previous, original grape. Much of Surrealism seeks to put us in a state Breton calls in a love poem “always for the first time.” The debasement of the imagination brought about by the perpetual deferral of experience backward results in increasing alienation, the sense that one is befuddled and constantly wrong in one’s life, a sense of impending doom, guilt, the impossibility of not making further mistakes and finally the inability to love. The imagination restores us to the faith in rashness, the conviction of the immediacy of our own possibility, the magical reactants every moment and encounter presents us, the genius of not knowing what we’re doing. ” – Dean Young, The Art of Recklessness

On Surrealism

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