THE ART OF THE SURREAL
"Resolving the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality."
The Bureau of Surrealist Research, also known as the Centrale Surréaliste was a Paris-based office in which a loosely affiliated group of Surrealist writers and artists including Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Man Ray, gathered to meet, hold discussions, and conduct interviews, open to the public, to "gather all the information possible related to forms that might express the unconscious activity of the mind."
To resurrect this field of study photographer and filmmaker Roy Feldman has embedded himself in the Detroit arts community with the goal of "Resolving the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality". A selection of images from this series will be on view at Galerie Camille starting May 12th 2017.
In 1924 an unusual office was opened in Paris by Andre Breton. "The Bureau of Surrealistic Research". Its purpose was to record confessions, dreams, fantasies, indiscretions, and information that might express the "unconscious activity of the mind". It was open for two years every day from 4:30 to 6:30.
"He's always asking what's wrong and every time I say nothing. When he broke my rib last year he asked ‘what's wrong” and I say ‘nothing’. It's a little game we play where we both aren't monsters pretending to be people. Where he says he doesn't remember last night and I say me neither. We lie." - Danielle Amí Étienne
"I made it this far because I’ve refused to stop breathing. at each opportunity, i laid down and at that final point slapped myself awake with a banging sensation. slapping hard on my cheeks that were pallid and like a cold pool." - Danielle Amí Étienne
Trailer for the novel "Chapbook" by Danielle Amí Étienne
by Roy Feldman
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