By Andrew Hugill
Of all of the French cultural exports over the past one hundred fifty years or so, 'pataphysics--the technology of imaginary options and the legislation governing exceptions--has confirmed to be probably the most sturdy. Originating within the wild mind's eye of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting transparent definition, purposefully dead, and nearly most unlikely to appreciate, 'pataphysics however lies round the roots of Absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and different key cultural advancements of the 20th century. during this account of the evolution and impact of 'pataphysics, Andrew Hugill bargains an educated exposition of a wealthy and hard territory, staying aloft on a tightrope stretched among the dual risks of oversimplifying a major topic and taking a shaggy dog story too heavily. Drawing on greater than twenty-five years' learn, Hugill maps the 'pataphysical presence (partly unsleeping and stated yet principally subconscious and unacknowledged) in literature, theater, track, the visible arts, and the tradition at huge, or even detects 'pataphysical impression within the social sciences and the sciences. He bargains many giant excerpts (in English translation) from basic assets, intercalated with an intensive explication of key topics and occasions of 'pataphysical background. In a Jarryesque contact, he presents those in opposite chronological order, starting with a survey of 'pataphysics within the electronic age and dealing backward to Jarry and past. He seems to be in particular on the paintings 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 plenty of others.
"This e-book is a earlier and destiny heritage of 'pataphysics, and will provide nice convenience to these conflicted souls (everybody) who nonetheless think in anything." -- Andrei Codrescu, writer of The Posthuman Dada consultant: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.
"Andrew Hugill masterfully manages the obvious impossibility of writing heavily a couple of topic that makes unseriousness its center. i found 'pataphysics at age sixteen and was once instantly attracted to its irreverence and the impossibility of selecting no matter if it was once deep or pretending to be deep or whatever else completely. Now that Hugill, himself a composer of pataphysical tune, has explicated the intricacies, subtleties, and slapstick of 'pataphysics, i am starting to know how even more there's to the perform than meets the mind." -- Howard Rheingold, critic and writer of internet shrewdpermanent, instruments for concept, The digital neighborhood, and shrewdpermanent Mobs
" 'Pataphysics: A dead consultant is a richly informative severe evaluate of the wide-ranging impression of (and affects on) 'pataphysics, from Groucho to Deleuze, OuLiPo, Borges, Bõk, Situationisism, SciFi, Raymond Roussel, and a wildly artistic team of fellow tourists, diviners, alchemists, and literary and theatrical pioneers. Andrew Hugill's encyclopedic tribute indicates how, for greater than a century, Alfred Jarry's precocious brain theater has remained exhilaratingly unprecedented and tremendously exhilarating." -- Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, collage of Pennsylvania; writer of assault of the tricky Poems: Essays and Inventions
"Hugill has written a vital, sharp booklet in this important topic. He has a brisk kind that offers the booklet velocity and punch. it truly is authoritative and entire of wonders. He provides the geography of the stream and maps out the excitement of uselessness." -- Richard Marshall, 3:AM Magazine
"Andrew Hugill, professor at De Montfort college and, both vital, Commandeur Requis of the Ordre de l. a. Grand Gidouille within the Collège de 'Pataphysique, has in good below 300 pages traced the lineaments of a technological know-how which, like a particle in quantum mechanics, essentially resists exact size. He describes a box recognized for its wordplay and willful obfuscation with transparent language, an admirable breadth of reference, and an abiding recognize for the complexity and, good, willfull obfuscation of his subject." -- Andrew Hultkrans, Bookforum
"From the Theatre of the Absurd via to fashionable paintings, literature, song, even postmodern philosophy, pataphysics has been one of many riding forces of the avant-garde for greater than a century. Hugill's self-deprecating learn offers us with not just an highbrow historical past of this attention-grabbing yet elusive neighborhood but additionally, and no much less importantly, proffers helpful clues as to the character of the creativity of the attitudes and tenets of its members." -- instances larger schooling
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The universe, in its syzygistic movements and crystalline form, produces, as if by chance, unexpected alignments of fragments of meaning which, in pataphysics, are generally in opposition. It is the recognition of this that produces laughter. In its most common form, this describes the pun. As Fr. Leonard Feeney observed: Humor consists of seeing an incongruity between fact and an imitation of the fact. [ . . ] The incongruity observed is not complete, but only partial; because a likeness as well as an unlikeness must exist in the bogus.
Barnum's Museum. The Coney Island Museum rewinds history to a time when the separation between art and science was not as marked as it is today, by inviting artists to exhibit works that explore areas such as biotechnology, anthropology, and psychology. The fact that Sigmund Freud visited Coney Island in 1 909, viewing the exhibits "Hell Gate" and " Creation" (and pos sibly "Dreamland") (Klein 2009), provides the pretext for a show featuring "dream films" made by members of the society, and "a working model of an amusement park designed to illustrate Freud's theories by Albert Grass, the visionary founder of the society, as well as drawings, letters and many unusual artifacts" (Beebe et al.
Today, the use of the standard pataphysical dating system has been revived. P. 9 . 1 9 7 1 1 00 = 8 . 9 . 9 . 1 9 73 102 = 8 . 9 . 9 . 1 9 75 Year 1 23 = 8 . 9 . 2000. 2 ( 2 0 0 0 O N WA R D ) D I SO C C U L TAT I O N In the year 2000 AD, the College de 'Pataphysique disocculted and resumed its public activities . 1 This apparently obscure event has had a large ripple effect that has legitimized a renewed interest in pataphysics in the digital age. An Internet search on the word "Pataphysics" reveals something of the extent of its reach in the first decade of the twenty-first century.