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orld War I (1914-1918) was a human catastrophe that devastated Western civilization and mocked the hope inherent in “modernism”. The sheer volume of the war’s slaughter was beyond belief. The horror of it all destroyed the trust in science, medicine and technology as the golden gateway to a harmonious and peaceful future for humanity. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the evil purpose of a global war. A global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of fear and loathing.













The arts community responded with the Dada and Surrealism arts movement, with Dali’s dripping watches on canvas and Bunuel’s shocking sliced eyeballs on film. It was as if the artists were acknowledging that madness still held sway just beneath the surface of everyday rationality. The dream logic of sleeping hours became as much a part of one’s personal narrative as one’s waking perceptions and deductions. The 1920s and 30s were a time when the avant garde in the arts explored and commented upon their perceived meaninglessness of life, and the infinitely jumbled and recombined elements of surrealism became the language of their rebuke of the façade of rationality.












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oday the radicalism of the surrealist movement in art is mostly gone (although there are still the occasional echoes of the original shocks, like Serrano’s 1987 photograph, “Piss Christ”), but the stylistic influence of surrealism remains indelibly imprinted on the culture, especially in design and advertising. The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles designed by Frank Gehry is officially labeled “deconstructivist,” a modern aesthetic stepchild of surrealism. Advances in CGI artistry are making almost every beer commercial on TV seem like a free association exercise under influence of mild hallucinogens. This twisting and turning and melting and absurdist juxtapositioning of disassociated objects is the visual legacy of surrealism albeit devoid of its original defining spirit of anger and despair. Our civilization has managed to survive, after all.


We now value surrealism simply for its being so enjoyable in its wildly creative...


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Ironically, the original meaning of surrealism is now increasingly once again heard in the public discourse. Again this comes in response to horror—this time with the advent of senseless acts of terrorism in our cities and towns. Witnesses at the Boston Marathon bombing numbly described the event as “surreal,” when unable to describe something that couldn’t possibly have happened, yet in fact had just happened. “Like being in a bad dream, waiting to wake up.” The 9/11 disaster was repeatedly called “surreal,” describing an impossible horror having just become reality. Such was the original fire that burned in the hearts of the original surrealist artists. Betrayed by the promise of peace and human progress, they retreated into their own psychic landscape of dreams and fantasies as their only respite from the madness of irrational hate and violence.  Let us hope this return to surrealism’s “original usage” is of short duration, so we can continue to appreciate the art form’s altered realities for the purely imaginative artistry of its enduring aesthetic pleasures (minus the despair).









Dadaism not only wanted to present the meaninglessness of existence but also the meaninglessness of "art" as well such as with Duchamp's ‘Fountain.’












The future of surrealism in the arts is at a crossroads. Technology has increased what artists can create by a thousand-fold.




But will surrealist images, like those in sc-fi movies, point the way to a new way forward, or will surrealism be mainly utilized as a commercial distraction away from social issues?











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Do you feel that surrealism should be judged only in terms of the aesthetic and without any further political or social “textual” meaning?














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Do you think that a trust in science and political democracy has given us a naïve notion of steady human progress?  Should the “irrationality” of ancient beliefs and dream visions be factored into how we define ourselves and our journey forward?















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Have you ever had the feeling that the boundaries between your waking life and your sleeping life were becoming porous?  Has dream logic ever served you well solving a waking problem? Has a revelation in a dream ever proven true in the light of day?









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What do you beleive in today's society motivates so many artists on deviantART to adopt surrealism?





I consider dadaism as the philosophical basis for niche art movements such as net.art.  A small movement that is not only anti-art but presents a critical eye on technology.












Surrealism initially differentiated itself from dadaism with a focus on dream states and an influence from early psychology.














World War I (1914-1918) was a human catastrophe that devastated Western civilization and mocked the hope inherent in “modernism”. The sheer volume of the war’s slaughter was beyond belief. The horror of it all destroyed the trust in science, medicine and technology as the golden gateway to a harmonious and peaceful future for humanity. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the evil purpose of a global war. A global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of fear and loathing.

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neuroboy-art Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool article! 
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magu18 Nov 4, 2013   Digital Artist
My sense of the surreal in everyday life stems from the lies of the state which bombard us continuously through the media and the words of ordinary people who swallow them whole.
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1No means no as if it contains Yes

2Without any harmlessness

3I think I watched movie last night and got drunk I can't rem..

4Avant-garde ultra co9lorful chaos

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:icon6ien6ones6anez:
Here's my answer its our Superstar Satan Devil the immortal Surrealist then he gave us color to the world! everything is vanity under the sun and we live, ate, sex, and then we die tomorrow... whatever saying everything meaningless in the eye of Almighty God-{YHWH). And they are saying World War I - 1914-1918? but the truth that was started from Paradise Lost before Christ! take note Satan the Devil is the original Surrealism! but we salute & recognized like: Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, and Salvador Dali and these are the ''prime mover'' or inspired from the rebellious angel: Superstar Satan the Devil the greatest and immortal visionary.
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The Surreal-world 666 leaders are the sheer volume of the war’s bloody slaughter it was not beyond belief it is power of political, religions, and business greediness to Surrealmageddon prophecy! The world horror of it all destroyed the tru...st in science because they are products of 666 human imperfection, medicine are temporary relief and die tomorrow and our new world technology into spell to the world and slave by time to manipulation and exploitation, and the 666 art world the golden blasphemous gateway to a surreal-peaceful but future for humanity into great tribulation worldwide. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the Satanic purpose of a global-Surreal-Armageddon. Our 666 global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of horror and the great day of divine chastisement.
In the Bible book of Daniel, the various beast represent successive human kingdoms, or empires. The composite beast of Revelation 13:1,2 symbolizes the worldwide political system, empowered and control by dark side of the spirit or satan the devil.

The Beast's having "a man's number" or "a human number", indicates that it is a human entity ,not a demon. Hence, it reflects human failing resulting from sin and imperfection.

In Gods eyes, the number six , being short of the Biblically complete, or perfect, seven, points to imperfection. The mark 666 emphasizes that deficiency by repeating the number three times. Unfortunately for mankind, our first parents abused their Free Will and chose to be independents from God, They were spurred on by a rebellious spirit creature who came to be known Satan the Devil the source of 666 art world. The gods and goddesses of this world coveted independence from God and the worship that rightly belongs to God alone... Therefore the disobedience of Satan and our first parents brought imperfection as a 666-art world, and these progenitor of violence art world, death art world, suffering art world, psychotic art world and our last days what we called the Great Tribulation 666-Art World to all mankind. These are subconscious worldly desire as a human imperfection in our worldly 666 art system in our life. Some reference from Holy Scripture:

Extraordinary size and his finger and toes were in "sixes". According to 1Chronicles 20:6;King Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden image 6-cubits in breadth and 60 cubits high, to unify his political official in one worship. According to Daniel 3:1-23

The perfect angel turn into resister became Satan the Devil because he gave in to the desire for self-exaltation as an artists of the world.Satan is Perfect, Beauty, and Wisdom-According to Ezekiel 28:2,12,13,14,15,and 17...

and our whole world dominate from wicked spirit. According to 1John 5:19 & Matthew 4:8-9

666-SURREALISM to 666 Surrealmageddon Art World: A study of creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.These are the product of Human Imperfection as for my conclusion 666-Art World; the art of automatic writing, automatic painting, automatic singing posses from demons, automatic verbal into unknown language and paranormal vision. And these are related to pure psychic in vision, and some our greatest Artists, Philosophers, Politicians & Scientists posses from variety spirit from fallen angels to the genius{plural genii} was the guiding demon spirit or ''tutelary deity-from-666 wisdom'' of a person posses, 666 family-progeny{gens), or demon-place{genius loci/Lucifer); Demons and Satan we called them 666 geniuses in Intelligence & Nations from the ''Seed of the Serpents-Wisdom'' these are the descendants from Adam and Eve sinned that cause us abnormal to fantastic desire into Surrealmageddon Art World!!!{1-Corinthians 3:19 & 20) Its our Universal answer: 666 Art World! These are the examples of Surrealism definition in our New Age of Surrealmageddon Art World Desire! that's how Satan gave color to the world-666!!!

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The Surreal-world 666 leaders are the sheer volume of the war’s bloody slaughter it was not beyond belief it is power of political, religions, and business greediness to Surrealmageddon prophecy! The world horror of it all destroyed the tru...st in science because they are products of 666 human imperfection, medicine are temporary relief and die tomorrow and our new world technology into spell to the world and slave by time to manipulation and exploitation, and the 666 art world the golden blasphemous gateway to a surreal-peaceful but future for humanity into great tribulation worldwide. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the Satanic purpose of a global-Surreal-Armageddon. Our 666 global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of horror and the great day of divine chastisement.
In the Bible book of Daniel, the various beast represent successive human kingdoms, or empires. The composite beast of Revelation 13:1,2 symbolizes the worldwide political system, empowered and control by dark side of the spirit or satan the devil.

The Beast's having "a man's number" or "a human number", indicates that it is a human entity ,not a demon. Hence, it reflects human failing resulting from sin and imperfection.

In Gods eyes, the number six , being short of the Biblically complete, or perfect, seven, points to imperfection. The mark 666 emphasizes that deficiency by repeating the number three times. Unfortunately for mankind, our first parents abused their Free Will and chose to be independents from God, They were spurred on by a rebellious spirit creature who came to be known Satan the Devil the source of 666 art world. The gods and goddesses of this world coveted independence from God and the worship that rightly belongs to God alone... Therefore the disobedience of Satan and our first parents brought imperfection as a 666-art world, and these progenitor of violence art world, death art world, suffering art world, psychotic art world and our last days what we called the Great Tribulation 666-Art World to all mankind. These are subconscious worldly desire as a human imperfection in our worldly 666 art system in our life. Some reference from Holy Scripture:

Extraordinary size and his finger and toes were in "sixes". According to 1Chronicles 20:6;King Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden image 6-cubits in breadth and 60 cubits high, to unify his political official in one worship. According to Daniel 3:1-23

The perfect angel turn into resister became Satan the Devil because he gave in to the desire for self-exaltation as an artists of the world.Satan is Perfect, Beauty, and Wisdom-According to Ezekiel 28:2,12,13,14,15,and 17...

and our whole world dominate from wicked spirit. According to 1John 5:19 & Matthew 4:8-9

666-SURREALISM to 666 Surrealmageddon Art World: A study of creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.These are the product of Human Imperfection as for my conclusion 666-Art World; the art of automatic writing, automatic painting, automatic singing posses from demons, automatic verbal into unknown language and paranormal vision. And these are related to pure psychic in vision, and some our greatest Artists, Philosophers, Politicians & Scientists posses from variety spirit from fallen angels to the genius{plural genii} was the guiding demon spirit or ''tutelary deity-from-666 wisdom'' of a person posses, 666 family-progeny{gens), or demon-place{genius loci/Lucifer); Demons and Satan we called them 666 geniuses in Intelligence & Nations from the ''Seed of the Serpents-Wisdom'' these are the descendants from Adam and Eve sinned that cause us abnormal to fantastic desire into Surrealmageddon Art World!!!{1-Corinthians 3:19 & 20) Its our Universal answer: 666 Art World! These are the examples of Surrealism definition in our New Age of Surrealmageddon Art World Desire! that's how Satan gave color to the world-666!!!

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:icon6ien6ones6anez:
The Surreal-world 666 leaders are the sheer volume of the war’s bloody slaughter it was not beyond belief it is power of political, religions, and business greediness to Surrealmageddon prophecy! The world horror of it all destroyed the tru...st in science because they are products of 666 human imperfection, medicine are temporary relief and die tomorrow and our new world technology into spell to the world and slave by time to manipulation and exploitation, and the 666 art world the golden blasphemous gateway to a surreal-peaceful but future for humanity into great tribulation worldwide. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the Satanic purpose of a global-Surreal-Armageddon. Our 666 global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of horror and the great day of divine chastisement.
In the Bible book of Daniel, the various beast represent successive human kingdoms, or empires. The composite beast of Revelation 13:1,2 symbolizes the worldwide political system, empowered and control by dark side of the spirit or satan the devil.

The Beast's having "a man's number" or "a human number", indicates that it is a human entity ,not a demon. Hence, it reflects human failing resulting from sin and imperfection.

In Gods eyes, the number six , being short of the Biblically complete, or perfect, seven, points to imperfection. The mark 666 emphasizes that deficiency by repeating the number three times. Unfortunately for mankind, our first parents abused their Free Will and chose to be independents from God, They were spurred on by a rebellious spirit creature who came to be known Satan the Devil the source of 666 art world. The gods and goddesses of this world coveted independence from God and the worship that rightly belongs to God alone... Therefore the disobedience of Satan and our first parents brought imperfection as a 666-art world, and these progenitor of violence art world, death art world, suffering art world, psychotic art world and our last days what we called the Great Tribulation 666-Art World to all mankind. These are subconscious worldly desire as a human imperfection in our worldly 666 art system in our life. Some reference from Holy Scripture:

Extraordinary size and his finger and toes were in "sixes". According to 1Chronicles 20:6;King Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden image 6-cubits in breadth and 60 cubits high, to unify his political official in one worship. According to Daniel 3:1-23

The perfect angel turn into resister became Satan the Devil because he gave in to the desire for self-exaltation as an artists of the world.Satan is Perfect, Beauty, and Wisdom-According to Ezekiel 28:2,12,13,14,15,and 17...

and our whole world dominate from wicked spirit. According to 1John 5:19 & Matthew 4:8-9

666-SURREALISM to 666 Surrealmageddon Art World: A study of creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.These are the product of Human Imperfection as for my conclusion 666-Art World; the art of automatic writing, automatic painting, automatic singing posses from demons, automatic verbal into unknown language and paranormal vision. And these are related to pure psychic in vision, and some our greatest Artists, Philosophers, Politicians & Scientists posses from variety spirit from fallen angels to the genius{plural genii} was the guiding demon spirit or ''tutelary deity-from-666 wisdom'' of a person posses, 666 family-progeny{gens), or demon-place{genius loci/Lucifer); Demons and Satan we called them 666 geniuses in Intelligence & Nations from the ''Seed of the Serpents-Wisdom'' these are the descendants from Adam and Eve sinned that cause us abnormal to fantastic desire into Surrealmageddon Art World!!!{1-Corinthians 3:19 & 20) Its our Universal answer: 666 Art World! These are the examples of Surrealism definition in our New Age of Surrealmageddon Art World Desire! that's how Satan gave color to the world-666!!!

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exseada Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Surrealism takes imagination and there are some things we can only imagine, but could you imagine living in a surreal world? Would that make it not surreal? I have a melting clock. When I look at it I begin to loose touch with reality, but what is reality, but the real world? I have written stories of fantasy worlds. I believe that someone if they could time travel into another time, that may be a fantasy world to them. I have been through psychosis and at that time I felt like anything was possible. I believed I be anything or anybody, including Jesus. I lost touch with who I was, but found out who I was at the same time. Who are you? Who made you? When you get right down to it the world is surreal. I believe that the world was created by the worlds greatest artist God. Not everything can be explained by science. We live in a surreal world!
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crislopcas Oct 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. Since you are relating surrealism to an historical art movement that started in Europe, then making your way to the USA, I am not sure what is the geographical context of your question. I will assume that it is global, and you are aware that in many countries also stricken by violence, surrealistic images have continued to be produced and specially to communicate social issues and critical thoughts. This is in spite the fact that surrealism by Breton standards only wanted to confront by being illogical. In Mexico surrealism as usual means images with messages. As for judging, that is another matter altogether, since in the area of art criticism, most institutions have fallen into anti art, which is beyond aesthetics.
2. Very few educated groups have trust in science and political democracy. That’s not what has given people a naïve notion of steady human progress. There are facts that prove the progress, but at the same time there is proof that progress needs to be redefined. Irrationality is a human characteristic: what other animal is irrational? Of course, it should be factored in.
3. There is no dream logic. I ride the emotions and ideas when they are pleasant. But I almost always have nightmares and I rather forget about them. Surrealism in our era is more a conscious choice. I challenge people that say they paint their dreams and psychoanalysis has lost its charm. Painting has to do with our vision, and what you can bring from the dream world is a general idea, a memory: you still need to build up the image from scratch.
4. Surrealism is another way of saying fantasy, imagination, need to invent, need to see something that does not exist in the real world. deviantART is a great inspiration for all of us who share that interest.
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