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Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual art, poetry, and literature of the group members. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Many surreal works are created through the use of techniques and games to provide inspiration, which are said to free imagination by producing a creative process free of conscious control. The importance of the unconscious as a source of inspiration is central to the nature of surrealism.

Famous surreal artists, writers, and filmmakers include but are not limited to:
Luis Buñuel, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Valentine Hugo, Marcel Lecomte, René Magritte, E. L. T. Mesens, Joan Miró, Paul Nougé, Méret Oppenheim, Francis Picabia, Louis Scutenaire, André Souris, Yves Tanguy, and Toyen. (Wikipedia)

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Destroyer – “Kaputt” Music Video

Like a bad ’80s movie, this Destroyer video for “Kaputt” starts off as a dude’s wet dream. Girls lifted out of an aerobics video dance awkwardly in spandex and leotards, pining for a nerdy-looking individual that is busy sniffing napkins like a creep. From there, the video jumps into space, becoming less sexual and more...Read...
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We Who Are Young Are Old (2010) Short Film Review

We Who Are Young Are Old is based off of a poem by Dylan Thomas, of the same name. Set against a backdrop of industrial decay, not unlike scenes from Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, it has an immediately alluring aesthetic. Dramatic use of sound effects elicit skin-crawling responses, and when paired with stop-motion reinterpretations of blood,...Read...
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Blog Alert: Synaptic Stimuli

I just recently came across Synaptic Stimuli, a blog with the all-too-appropriate tagline of Transmissions of Consciousness and States of Being. In addition to that, they just generally have very amazing, life-affirming content that makes you appreciate all of the complexities and possibilities of nature and human capability. They also have some of the best...Read...
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Extra Life – “Head Shrinker” Music Video

Just wanted to share this weirdo crazy-person-on-a-psych-couch video from the ever-so-strange New York band, Extra Life. In the words of John Gillanders who recently wrote up one of their shows in Seattle, “Extra Life are one of those bands that kind of cram as much shit as humanly possible into every song — dynamic structures,...Read...
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Parlovr – “Pen To The Paper” Music Video

Crisply shot with a Canon 7D, this video is essentially one long take of some jokers parading through a park with fireworks, water balloons, streamers, beach balls, and the like. There are some fun minor details to take in, like folks doing cartwheels and mannequin heads on lawns. An exceptional way to capture a fleeting...Read...
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Tobacco – “Grape Aerosmith” Music Video

Jesus, is Tobacco killing it or what? This video is a hyperactive spazoid of sped-up film, reversed film, and all sorts of editing tricks alluding to mental health diseases and freakouts. Featuring Beck! Director, Cinematographer, Editor – Allen Cordell Starring James Petz Producer, Costumes – Laurie Isabella Location Scout, Production Coordinator – Temperance David Special...Read...
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Patte Loper’s Magical Naturalism

Patte Loper has a diverse assortment of work on her website, but her pieces are united by an intersection of naturalist technique and a sense of almost unsettling magic. Many of Patte’s pieces depict animals wandering through abandoned human landscapes, and the viewer is left with a gaping sense of suspension and stillness. In the...Read...
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