“The Surrealists were obsessed with the subconscious.
They saw the subconscious as a pure, exciting and wonderfully dangerous and excitingly free inner universe that was easily accessible for children and the mad, but closed and unreachable for the rest of us.
Blocked and restrained as we are, by our inner bouncer named logic, taste, self critique and good morals.
The Surrealists tried everything!
Automatic writing, cadavre exquis, hypnosis, dreams, psychotherapy, absinth, collage, hash, frottage and opium.
ALL the muses were called upon to help unlock the door to the subconscious.
Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.
So in hindsight, almost 100 years later (the Surrealist manifesto was published 1924), we can see that the Surrealists were at times proven right, and at times, wrong.
Yes, the Surrealists were right…
…the subconscious is an interesting goldmine and through new discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, chaos & relativity theories and vastly increased computing capacities in computers we now know that logic is only the top of the iceberg and the subconscious is the iceberg itself.
The Surrealists were also wrong…
No, the subconsicous in NOT always pure, untouched, rich and interesting.
The subconsious can also be boring, predictable and manipulative.
These days most people (maybe not conservatives or reactionaries, but the rest) realize that invention and renewal is important, and to be able to invent you NEED to get in touch with your intuition, the “dream you” and the subconscious.
DADA, The Surrealists and Cobra were ALL movements that fought hard to liberate minds and societies politically, mentally and spiritually by the use of art and culture.
This Summerschool we will learn how to open up to our own fantasty and imagination.