By Raoul Vaneigem
A down-and-dirty survey of the surrealist circulate written by way of top situationist theorist Raoul Vaneigem. Vaneigem’s cartoon bars no holds, blistering on surrealism’s creative and political aporias, and jam-packed with telling quotations, it offers appreciate the place appreciate is due, laying off loads of gentle on situationist attitudes, unfavorable and confident, in the direction of their surrealist predecessors.
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And, among the Surrealists, Rene Creve\ . Like Artaud , Creve! " Dada held up a mirror to survival as an absence of real life and as a directly apprehended reality, thus "making its shame more shameful"; suicide constituted a condemnation, by way of the negative, of sur vival's logic of death. Being an ideology, Surrealism was a strictly static vision whose impression upon history could never surpass the weight which his tory itself accorded it (as distinct from revolutionary theory, which starts out from history, then returns to history and moves it forward) ; for Surrealism, survival, suicide and death were the starting point which life was supposed to negate, but which it could not transform without first achieving a state of "absolute deviation".
And throughout his work Breton repeatedly emphasize s the i rreducible aspect of each i ndividual, the 51 magic of the surrender to chance, the pursuit of adventure real or imaginary, and the revelation of unsuspected desires. " Yet neither this prescription of Batail le's nor Breton's meditation s o n chance (which Nietzsche defined as "yourself bringing yoursel f to yoursel f") opens the way to a practical investment of the riches of subjectivity in the collective struggle for the total liberation of the individual .
Dressed in a most elegant white robe, bent under the weight of his cross, Jesus o ffers his back to whatever blows might be forthcoming. As soon as Pontius Pilate has washed his hands of the accused, the sexual symbolism becomes crystal-clear. Jesus falls, then gets up again: in other words, he has come, and is ready to come again under the whips of the athletic types with their skimpy costumes . And, just a s the young newly-wed wife call s for her mother, so frightened is she so of voluptuous pleasure , so Jesus continually calls out for his father.
A Cavalier History of Surrealism by Raoul Vaneigem