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Surrealism is a current in art featuring (cf. Wikipedia) element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur, and being above all a revolutionary movement. Its leader Andre Breton made an explicit assertion about that. He defined surrealism as:

"Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation."

One of the most important characteristics of surrealism is interdisciplinarity. It extends over different contexts, forms of expression, crossed cultures and domains. Also known as the art of unconscious, surrealism works by breaking reality in “bits and pieces” and reassembling it after some unconventional rules derived from the human abyss of unconscious, fantasies, or simply reinventing a new logic of existence. From this point of view surreal is a true rebellion against reality.
Dream, one of the most mysterious things from our life is just one source of building such logic. Another themes are related with mythology, metamorphosis, objects (even anatomical fragments !) in unnatural contexts, distorted scenery and landscapes, bizarre things juxtaposed or deformed. This rather shocking works were sometimes associated with the philosophical and political movement of the day, having sometimes an “anarchist flavour”. The movement oficially existed until the ’60, as some says – “the death of Breton in 1966 marked the end of surrealism”.

But with the advent of digital techniques, surrealism entered a new dimension. An explosion of possibilities makes reinventing the reality a breeze. Yet, avoiding the facile traps of digital kitsch, the new "digital surrealism" has a lot to say , please our eye and rise some fundamental existential questions for everyone.

Nov, 04, 2009

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