Friday, January 6, 2012

january updates

If 2011 was a hectic year for the Stockholm surrealist group (and for the editor of this blog), with the festival in Istanbul, the international surrealist meeting in Athens, the group exhibition in Stockholm, and the new Swedish edition of the Surrealist Manifestoes along with numbers of smaller events, then 2012 opens with a celebration of international surrealism as the International Surrealist Exhibition in Reading, Pennsylvania opens its gates today (!), and at the same time Corrales's massive compendium of the surrealist movement is distributed. But it's not like richness in events has made us abandon our insistence on the necessity of thorough discussion to sort out implications and discover new alleys of enquiry and involuntary revelations.

A few months have passed since the last update but there is no reason to regard this as an exception to the approximately monthly updates intended. We're commencing the new year with a number of small points about surrealism again. This because a few perhaps more original speculations have been stalled by encountering some additional interesting theoretical problems, as usual... (the continuation and spreading of the discussion of surrealist objects, applied specifically to natural cabinets and surrealist boxes; plus an exploration of the concept of "atmosphere") or by the time it takes to read massive books like Corrales's Caleidoscopio surrealista.

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