Surrealism 21c is Here Online: Immaterialism Manifested in Coffilosophy

Surrealist Manifesto (1924), defined surrealism as:

pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.

XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, 21st Century Surreal Autonomy

The above is from the Tate Gallery website, and so is this:

‘Freud’s ideas strongly influenced French poet André Breton who launched the surrealist movement in 1924 with the publication of the Manifesto of Surrealism. In the manifesto, Breton defined surrealism as
‘Pure psychic automatism … the dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and outside all moral or aesthetic concerns’.
Breton and others produced the earliest examples of automatism in their automatic writings, aiming to write as rapidly as possible without intervening consciously to guide the hand.
Surrealist collage, putting together images clipped from magazines, product catalogues, book illustrations and other sources, was invented by Max Ernst, and was the first form of automatism in visual art.’

Freud, and the most famous surreal painter, Salvador Dali, are featured in XaW Files, but I only have a basic general knowledge of both, as I do of surrealist art. I didn’t know the writing I mostly did for XaW Files, automatism fuelled by coffee, which I termed coffilosophy linking it to my Doctor of Philosophy status, was in line with surrealism as defined by Breton; his name rings a bell at most, but I didn’t know anything about him.

I’d like to write more, but I know you can get too much of a self-proclaimed genius thing (partly self-parody comedy, playing on too much of a good thing), so I’ll leave you with a new greenYgrey3 collage of 20th century surreal art on the Tate gallery website, immaterialised here into automatic Surreal Art for the 21st century: (I had a new automatic idea while searching for the images, creating a new form of surrealism 21c Immaterialism: can you guess what it is? Explained below the new collage)

Frida Kahlo The Love-Embrace of the UniverseLeonora Carrington The Pomps of the Subsoil 1947André Breton, ‘I Saluted at Six Paces Commandant Lefebvre des Noëttes (Poem object)’ 1942

The images are:

Frida Kahlo: The Love-Embrace of the Universe, 1949
Leonora Carrington: The Pomps of the Subsoil, 1947
Max Ernst: I Saluted at Six Paces Commandant Lefebvre des des Noëttes (Poem object), 1942

They were the first three greenYgrey relevant images I found. At first I thought of just doing a horizontal triptych greenYgrey3 as usual, but then, perhaps unconsciously inspired by reading about pyramids in Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods (as well as shamanic receivers of information from other dimensions of reality), I thought this structure suited the collage, with Ernst one of those who provided the foundation for other artists in the surrealist movement (the image also features the name Jack, with Kerouac my main writing inspiration, although he wasn’t published at the time, so it was just a coincidence).

Moreover, the images seem to suit the genre and tell a story, rising from modern civilisation to a higher natural dream state through the next two images above the base layer. I hope you enjoy it, and think that it was worth learning, as I did.
P.S. I only noticed the upper two images were chronological from the base; 1942 – 1947 – 1949; after publishing it. It wouldn’t have made much difference, as I chose them thematically, but it’s a nice extra addition.

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POP goes the Blighty… Nacreous Clouds, Iridescent Lights

I did the double on Monday, seeing a bright full rainbow on my run before brunch, and then seeing iridescent light nacreous clouds just after sunset. That meant the day was well in line with the current POP (PinkyOrangePurple) age of this here greenYgrey website.

Nacreous cloud

Bright Lights in the Sky

I unfortunately missed the sunrise and sunset on Monday, so could have made it a hat-trick or quadruple POP? It certainly brightens up the end of winter, although spring seems in the air this week in the northern hemisphere, with clearer skies and the evening noticeably remaining light for later.

Apparently, news and weather sites have been inundated with photos of the subtle green, orange and pinky purple high clouds, and the sky was a particularly bright sky blue around them when I saw them. They say the recent storms and high winds may have blown the clouds south, as they are normally seen farther north in the polar region.

Thanks to Science and WWW

Thanks to science and the www we now know what the lights are, and how they are formed. When I first saw them, in the early days of the original greenygrey and folding mirror websites, I didn’t know anything about them, and could have thought they were a celestial message, if I hadn’t seen lots of such iridescent lights photos on the www when I looked them up on the internet.

The POP headline references the Pop goes the Weasel poem, which formed the framework for a poem I consider one of my most innovative.

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Chicken or Egg, Pea and Mushroom Soup

Fog, 1 of 5

Image by *CA* via Flickr

Hi it’s Wolfgang.  No, our headline is not a breakfast, lunch or brunch menu, it’s to do with a couple of intriguing greenygrey questions I’ve been mulling over.  And the mull refers to thinking rather than drinking; it’s a bit early for a that traditional Christmas tipple.

Greenygrey Weather: Chicken or Egg First Type Dilemma

With greenygrey weather dominating much of Britain and Europe at the moment, with green and grey joined as one for most of the last few days, I was wondering if such greenygrey weather preceded the greenygrey, or if the greenygrey was created before such green and grey weather.

I didn’t get very far I’m afraid, and it will have to remain an unexplained greenygrey mystery.

Why Pea Souper?

And it also got me wondering why foggy weather received the name ‘pea-souper’ back in the 19th century, as it looks more grey and mushroomy than green and peay.

So I looked that up on Wikipedia, and it explained that a pea soup fog ‘is a type of visible air pollution, a thick and often yellowish smog caused by the burning of soft coal.’

Answering the Question, Questioning the Answer

So, I have learned something today.  Although pea soup isn’t usually yellow, I guess that it was the closest to a yellow soup there was at that time.

Now, I wonder which came first, the mushroom or the pea?

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Werewolfie Adams Dismisses Possible Greenygrey Sighting

Photo by Helen Goldthorpe, Kirkstall Harriers Running Club

Hi, it’s Martin “Werewolfie” Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. I found this photo in the Greenygrey Spotting G Files.  They think it might be evidence of a Greenygrey, as they are convinced the truth is out there, and one day they will find conclusive evidence of the Greenygrey’s existence.

But I can confirm it was Marc Latham running up a hill in the Kirkstall 7 seven mile cross-country race on September 18th.  It was good to see Marc greenygreying, and he was able to run a good race on a beautiful autumn morning in his third and last organised run of the year.

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