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  • Dada, an artistic movement which believed, in part, that an excess of cold rationality brought about the carnage of The Great War, later known as World War I
  • The stated aim of Surrealism was to undermine the scientific, rational precision
  • no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted

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"demolishing its backbone of rational thought"

  • “Completely against the tide,” said Breton, “in a violent reaction against the impoverishment and sterility of thought processes that resulted from centuries of rationalism, we turned toward the marvelous and advocated it unconditionally.”
  • 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, Breton defined Surrealism as “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express…the actual functioning of thought…in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.”
  • automatic drawings unlocked the contents of the subconscious mind

  • In the town were left male and female Arabs, who were put into houses and were then locked in without receiving food or drink. Later explosive engineers came to blow up houses. One commander ordered an engineer to put two elderly women into the house that was to be blown up. The engineered refused and said he is willing to receive orders only from his [own] commander. So then [his] commander ordered the soldiers to put the women in and the evil deed was performed
Feb 05, 16

"“For capitalism to desist from its mindless expansion would be for it to commit social suicide.”"

  • “For capitalism to desist from its mindless expansion would be for it to commit social suicide.”
  • We have, essentially, chosen cancer as the model of our social system.
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