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Surrealism in 2004

Keith Wigdor | 21.08.2004 21:38 | Analysis | Culture | Indymedia | London | World

A statement on the hypocrisy and deception that occurs in the surrealist movement today. Surrealism must INVOLVE EVERYONE, not just a select few!


My name is Keith Wigdor and I am a Surrealist! Surrealism is a movement that involves all forms of mental activity intended to destroy logic. There is no orthodox tradition when it comes to a Revolution of the Mind, an overwhelming desire to embrace chance, and contempt against hypocrisy most of all! There are no leaders here, there exists no groups, no closed doors. There exists the need to free humanity from its own predispositions toward conformity and enslavement to thought control, to eliminate all rational states of mind, to overcome subordination to the social order and to exorcise all the demons of tradition from one's life. Surrealism strives for the poem beyond one's control. There is only poetry and that poetry is the image from the irrational. This is where my work comes from and all the secrets of the, "structured" self become exposed and the results are to be examined by all. Surrealism maintains no closed doors!!! There are so called, "Surrealist Groups" that claim to speak on behalf of the movement, by staging bogus protests while offering their goods for sale in art shows that are in essence no different than the capitalist spectacle that they claim to protest against. I organized a Surrealist Online Event, SURREALISM 2003, where I presented artists and poets willing to collectively organize and exhibit their art online and available for all to see. The necessity to bypass the mechanism of the art world and the consumerist model of exhibiting one's work for sale alone was successfully accomplished, and this was by artists and poets who willingly participated in SURREALISM 2003, with the intention to overcome the resistance and closed doors of Surrealism, that to this day remains under the control of wannabe hack surrealists who claim to liberate us from control! Their actions result in the refusal to assure the public of the validity and importance of Surrealist Exploration and Activity. The Transformation of Life by Desire can be accompished by the willingness to INVOLVE ALL, instead of the select few, who are responsible for the ignorance that comes with the Misunderstanding of Surrealism. It comes as no surprise when so called established, "Surrealists" ridicule and mock their critics and detractors when they are confronted with the failures of this movement. Even Andre Breton recognized the June 1936 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SURREALISM in London as a major turning point for Surrealism along with its influence on the hearts and minds of the public. Remember that it was also ART that did inject enormous energy into the movement, though we all know that POETRY is the first frontier of Surrealist Exploration. So to dismiss other artists who are willing to explore the marvelous, is a big mistake and harmful to the potential that Surrealism has to offer. We all share the INTERNAL WORLD MODEL OF COGNITION, so it is really inevitable that ALL humans interact with the very real self-model that is within us all. This interaction is the perspective that Surrealism examines and with the tools of the Unconscious, the Irrational, the Automatic, we can take a highly reduced abstraction, the mind, and make it coherent and understandable, without being labeled as careless and ambivalent. Surrealism does achieve the impossible, does it not? What else can be so essential to prove that the logical consistency of rational thought alone always produces the same expected output, which is harmful to our growth and evolution. The lack of variation and input from other artists and poets does not help the movement. If Surrealism chooses to make a preference of distinction to Bugs Bunny, The Marx Brothers, Blues Musicians from the past, and Eroticism, etc, is it not being sincere to its formal qualities of integration with other phenomenon, or even other people like me, KEITH WIGDOR and YOU, to achieve its goals? Surrealism does posses a basic tenet and that is to place the powers of the unconscious mind at the disposal of the waking mind. Hysteria is also the most effective and a worthy adversary of civilization's rational model, for it is one of Surrealism's main assets in the explicit and complete destruction of logic and its gross sensibilty. Ever wonder why Surrealism has had such difficulty in demonstrating its enormous potential? Keith Wigdor, 2004

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Display the following 42 comments

  1. Very interesting! — H.
  2. hey arty people.. its good to think and express — roderick fish
  3. Keith is full of sh*t — Daddy Snoops
  4. Keith, I apologize for the above attacks — Daddy Snoops
  5. F*ck you, Keith! — Uncle Snapps
  6. Keith, please forgive Uncle Snapps — Daddy Snoops or goth slut
  7. Screw you, you Yankee flake! — Grandpa Hemlock
  8. Well, now that I think about it — Grandpappy Hemlock
  9. Answer the question, Keith! — Portland Indy Moderator
  10. Surrealism has already validated Keith Wigdor! — search and destroy
  11. Keith Wigdor's emotional problems — Dr. Fred Straczynsky
  12. Dr. Fred Straczynsky — Gina
  13. Why did everything go so wrong? — Benjamin Peret from the afterlife
  14. Keith, why are you bashing Peret? — Caroline Wigdor
  15. cool — steve
  16. The jerk Peret — Father Beranski
  17. Keith, we apologize for abusing you — eric, xtian, andrew
  18. Love your stuff, Keithy-Whore — Terrence Lindall
  19. Read this comrades — desnos
  20. Surrealism is Webism! Both are the same — Willem
  21. Keith Wigdor, the Ugly American Pooh Bear — Sylvester Rossi
  22. A humanitarian effort by the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan by surrealists Eric W.Bragg. — dan daly
  23. This was very good surrealism — brian moody
  24. Keith Wigdor, the Homosexual Surrealist — Keith Wigdor
  25. Keith Wigdor's Bonehead Magazine, the best in gay surrealist art — Keith Wigdor
  26. My strong advice — Barbara Cartland
  27. Bonehead Magazine Keith wigdor — Kwong-lee
  28. My page at Wikipedia — Keith Wigdor
  29. Awww — Hans Dietermann
  30. I just love Webism — Keith Wigdor
  31. I have never seen such a dullard — M.A.
  32. For sale, Cadillac Fleetwood D Elegance — Albert Leary
  33. Webism forever — Nancy Wigdor
  34. Surrealism is Webism ! Both are the same !!! — Keith Wigdor
  35. Viva Webism !!! — Frank Riccardi
  36. Keith Wigdor, Webist — Ann Levin
  37. Wigdor was being harrassed on that Indymedia link you posted! — Classicjupiter2
  38. How many webists does it take to change a lightbulb? — Barbie
  39. Hello Keith, it's Wigdor ! — Keith and Wigdor
  40. Keith... — Caroline
  41. Keith Wigdor ....a Webist !!!! — Mark R.
  42. luv it — Peteet Peytuniah