by Crazy Horse
Sun Sep 9th, 2012 at 04:38:21 AM EST
i don't know what Pataphysics is; that makes me some kind of expert. And Tour Guide. Is it worth a Tour? Well, through the Door then, or down the Rabbit Whole.
OH, what a sweet slide. The art moves on the shimmering walls, the colors live. The connections go right through me, i must be some kind of neural transition point.
At least MIT Press has a guidebook:
Of all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, `pataphysics--the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions--has proven to be one of the most durable. Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understand, `pataphysics nevertheless lies around the roots of Absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and other key cultural developments of the twentieth century.
In a Jarryesque touch, he provides these in reverse chronological order, beginning with a survey of `pataphysics in the digital age and working backward to Jarry and beyond. He looks specifically at the work of Jean Baudrillard, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, J. G. Ballard, Asger Jorn, Gilles Deleuze, Roger Shattuck, Jacques Prévert, Antonin Artaud, René Clair, the Marx Brothers, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Raymond Roussel, Jean-Pierre Brisset, and many others.
So far so good, at least i'm not alone. How KrazyKunst can it be to share a Slot Machine with Joyce and the Marx Bros?
Of course, ET, with all its politics and punditry, may not be the best place in the world to go out on a limb. But then it wouldn't be out on a limb. Me feels comfortable way out here. Perhaps eye can learn me something pataphysical.
Like Eye said, at least me not alone.