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Surrealism in 2004
by Keith Wigdor (kwigdor [at] si.rr.com)
Saturday Sep 4th, 2004 9:14 PM
This is a statement denouncing the hypocrisy and deception that exists within the current surrealist movement today in 2004. In order for a transformation of life and the chance for a positive engagement for freedom to take place, surrealism needs to redefine the goals of true revolution and to INVOLVE EVERYONE, not just a select few.

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My name is Keith Wigdor and I am a Surrealist! Surrealism is a movement that involves all forms of mental activity intended to destroy logic. There is no orthodox tradition when it comes to a Revolution of the Mind, an overwhelming desire to embrace chance, and contempt against hypocrisy most of all! There are no leaders here, there exists no groups, no closed doors. There exists the need to free humanity from its own predispositions toward conformity and enslavement to thought control, to eliminate all rational states of mind, to overcome subordination to the social order and to exorcise all the demons of tradition from one's life.
Surrealism strives for the poem beyond one's control. There is only poetry and that poetry is the image from the irrational. This is where my work comes from and all the secrets of the, "structured" self become exposed and the results are to be examined by all. Surrealism maintains no closed doors!!! There are so called, "Surrealist Groups" that claim to speak on behalf of the movement, by staging bogus protests while offering their goods for sale in art shows that are in essence no different than the capitalist spectacle that they claim to protest against. I organized a Surrealist Online Event, SURREALISM 2003, where I presented artists and poets willing to collectively organize and exhibit their art online and available for all to see. The necessity to bypass the mechanism of the art world and the consumerist model of exhibiting one's work for sale alone was successfully accomplished, and this was by artists and poets who willingly participated in SURREALISM 2003, with the intention to overcome the resistance and closed doors of Surrealism, that to this day remains under the control of wannabe hack surrealists who claim to liberate us from control! Their actions result in the refusal to assure the public of the validity and importance of Surrealist Exploration and Activity.
The Transformation of Life by Desire can be accompished by the willingness to INVOLVE ALL, instead of the select few, who are responsible for the ignorance that comes with the Misunderstanding of Surrealism. It comes as no surprise when so called established, "Surrealists" ridicule and mock their critics and detractors when they are confronted with the failures of this movement. Even Andre Breton recognized the June 1936 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SURREALISM in London as a major turning point for Surrealism along with its influence on the hearts and minds of the public. Remember that it was also ART that did inject enormous energy into the movement, though we all know that POETRY is the first frontier of Surrealist Exploration. So to dismiss other artists who are willing to explore the marvelous, is a big mistake and harmful to the potential that Surrealism has to offer. We all share the INTERNAL WORLD MODEL OF COGNITION, so it is really inevitable that ALL humans interact with the very real self-model that is within us all. This interaction is the perspective that Surrealism examines and with the tools of the Unconscious, the Irrational, the Automatic, we can take a highly reduced abstraction, the mind, and make it coherent and understandable, without being labeled as careless and ambivalent. Surrealism does achieve the impossible, does it not? What else can be so essential to prove that the logical consistency of rational thought alone always produces the same expected output, which is harmful to our growth and evolution. The lack of variation and input from other artists and poets does not help the movement. If Surrealism chooses to make a preference of distinction to Bugs Bunny, The Marx Brothers, Blues Musicians from the past, and Eroticism, etc, is it not being sincere to its formal qualities of integration with other phenomenon, or even other people like me, KEITH WIGDOR and YOU, to achieve its goals? Surrealism does posses a basic tenet and that is to place the powers of the unconscious mind at the disposal of the waking mind. Hysteria is also the most effective and a worthy adversary of civilization's rational model, for it is one of Surrealism's main assets in the explicit and complete destruction of logic and its gross sensibilty. Ever wonder why Surrealism has had such difficulty in demonstrating its enormous potential? Keith Wigdor, 2004




by International Surrealists
Wednesday Oct 27th, 2004 9:39 AM
We are with you, Keith!

International Surrealists
by Keith Wigdor
Friday Nov 12th, 2004 7:03 AM
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Hello everyone, I'd like to remind you of my upcoming art show in december, the first official "Trash from around the world" show, thanks to my favorite art-pimp, Terrence Lindall.

Following the opening, there will be a formal dance, with wine and cyanide appetizers.

I'll even be distributing autographed butt-plugs.

Please show your support by attending this totally gala event!

yours truly,
Keith Wigdor
by not a, "phantom surrealist"
Saturday Nov 13th, 2004 11:54 AM
ABOUT “WEBISM” IN ITS DEAD WORKS

For the last few years, the terms “surrealist” and “surrealism” have been used abusively by computer-assisted artists and groups of artists. The essence of their activity consists of abandoning themselves to the imaginary of graphic art software in order to produce, on a sustained rhythm, a fantastic imagery of weak passional intensity, where nobody can recognise, without bad faith, the aspiration to the marvellous and to the re-enchantment of the world by dream, desire and utopia that hitherto had marked the pictorial creations of surrealists, from Max Ernst to Hans Bellmer, from Toyen to Guy Girard. Within the genre, we already know the very overwrought phantasmagoria of the self-proclaimed “Swiss surrealist”, H.R.Giger, the designer of the film, Alien; we now discover the productions of a phantom-like “International Surrealist Group.” Based in the Netherlands, it draws together participants who – taking their proclamations into consideration – have nothing in common other than presenting their poor productions on the internet; this they know all too well, as they unhesitatingly place themselves under the banner of “webism”, within a “global” network of artists from which every surrealist ethic is absent, so as to entertain themselves in complete virtuality with almost nothing. This confusionist enterprise scarcely deserved our sympathetic attention, had not, from 27th May to 2nd July 2004, an “international group exhibition” been held in the Museumquarter of Vienna, outside of the virtual world this time and within the sordid reality of cultural institutions; and had not, as a member of the aforementioned “International Surrealist Group”, the principal animator of “Zazie’s Zone” participated in this exhibition, even though sponsored by the town hall of Vienna or the Austrian State. Until then, despite the enduring reservations of several of its members, the Paris Group of the Surrealist Movement had consented to maintain links with this “site.” One will understand that, in the present conditions, these links, henceforth, will no longer exist.

The Paris Group of the Surrealist Movement
22nd September 2004

by Crazy Horse
Friday Nov 19th, 2004 3:14 PM
What's the difference between Andre Breton and Keith Wigdor ?










None. Both are surrealists, except Keith Wigdor.
by Daddy Snoops
Saturday Nov 20th, 2004 10:54 AM
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Hey gang! Here is the new poster for, "Trash from around the World", Surrealism vs. Webism show coming to a town hall near you!

Daddy Snoops
USA Surrealists
by International Surrealist Group
Sunday Nov 21st, 2004 10:01 AM
We denounce the Paris Surrealist Group! They refuse to accept and understand everything that we work for in the surrealist movement because they are jealous. We have done more for surrealism in the past year than they have in ten years of anonymity! The Paris Surrealist Group are invisible anyway, nobody wants nothing to do with them anyway. You will continue to see more of our collaborations online.

for the
International Surrealist Group
Vicente Gutierrez, Bernard Dumaine, Jim Sebor
by Bernard Dumaine
Sunday Nov 21st, 2004 4:27 PM
J’écris ce message en Français et en anglais pour éviter toute confusion et prouver que j’en suis vraiment l’auteur, puisque plusieurs viennent d’êtres envoyés sur Indymedia sous le nom de « Bernard » sans que j’en sois l’auteur ;
Je me souviens très bien que ce genre de manipulation consistant à envoyer des messages insultants sous un nom d’emprunt ,
a déjà été utilisé par K.Wigdor cotre Zazie sur le site Now Surreal, il y a quelques années ;
On peut donc supposer quelle est la personne qui se livre à cela ici…

De plus , si les gens du Groupe de Paris du mouvement Surréaliste lisent ça, ils se rendront compte que ce n’est pas une traduction automatique, et cela évitera toute confusion
quant à la paternité de l’article, ou celle de futurs autres si besoin ;

Ce sera la première fois que je répondrai à Keith Wigdor, ou plutôt la seconde…

Ma première réponse se trouve sur ce site
http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/19/3fbaf7944777c
sur lequel K.Wigdor, nous reprochait entre autres choses de vendre nos œuvres ;
J’ai considéré son opinion d’alors comme étant celle de quelqu’un d’intègre, ne voulant rien avoir à faire avec l’argent,et que certains peintres,
comme Gérard Fromanger, par exemple partagent, et je n’ai
rien trouvé à redire à cela ;
Maleureusement, il y a peu de temps, j’ai appris que ce même K . Wigdor se livrait exactement à la même chose que celle qu’il critiquait avec véhémence dans son message !!!!
http://www.churnonline.com/features/keith.wigdor/image1.php
De plus, et même si le problême actuel n’est pas directement lié à ça, (….peut-être malgré tout !!! ) la qualité intrinsèque de cette image me laisse pantois !!!

Pourtant, tout cela n’empêche nullement K.Wigdor d’écrire de pompeux articles tels que « Surrealism in 2004 » , et qui lui permettent d’assurer son auto-promotion (site Wykipedia)
puis de déverser sa haine, pour des raisons qui m’échappent….

Pour ma part, je me considère comme « Artiste » et je n’ai plus rien à faire avec le Webism .

Bernard Dumaine

I am writing this message in French and English (Sorry for the bad English) to avoid any confusion and to prove I am the real author of it, as many others have been published on Idymedia sites under « Bernard » ;(The same thing is done with some of my friends, Uly, Willem, Zazie….)
I remeber very well this kind of manipulation consisting in sending insultant posts was employed by K.Wigdor some years ago on the website « Now surreal » ;
One can suppose who is doing this here….

This will be the first time I am responding to Keith Wigdor, or more the second one :

The very first was this on this site:
http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/19/3fbaf7944777c
on which, Wigdor mainly criticized the participants in the show about the selling of the works ;
I though then, this could be someone’s opinion concerning Money and Art , and I did not say anything ;

Unfortunatly, I found recently a link showing that Keith Wigdor was doing exactly the same thing he was critizing with vehemence on other people !!!!
http://www.churnonline.com/features/keith.wigdor/image1.php
Moreover, and even if the actual problem is not there, (…but may be it is !!!!) I am horrified in the quality of this picture and it’s intrinsical artistic value !!!!

All this does not empech in any way Keith Wigdor to produce pompous articles such as « Surrealism in 2004 » permitting himself some self-promo via the Wikypidea site…

Now, I am considering myself as « Artist » and I have nothing to do anymore with Webism .

Bernard Dumaine


By the way, I am still proud of this past exhibition :
http://www.renderosity.com/homepage.ez?Who=bern&ViewArticle=5106
by Bernard Dumaine
Sunday Nov 21st, 2004 4:31 PM
J’écris ce message en Français et en anglais pour éviter toute confusion et prouver que j’en suis vraiment l’auteur, puisque plusieurs viennent d’êtres envoyés sur Indymedia sous le nom de « Bernard » sans que j’en sois l’auteur ;
Je me souviens très bien que ce genre de manipulation consistant à envoyer des messages insultants sous un nom d’emprunt ,
a déjà été utilisé par K.Wigdor cotre Zazie sur le site Now Surreal, il y a quelques années ;
On peut donc supposer quelle est la personne qui se livre à cela ici…

De plus , si les gens du Groupe de Paris du mouvement Surréaliste lisent ça, ils se rendront compte que ce n’est pas une traduction automatique, et cela évitera toute confusion
quant à la paternité de l’article, ou celle de futurs autres si besoin ;

Ce sera la première fois que je répondrai à Keith Wigdor, ou plutôt la seconde…

Ma première réponse se trouve sur ce site
http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/19/3fbaf7944777c
sur lequel K.Wigdor, nous reprochait entre autres choses de vendre nos œuvres ;
J’ai considéré son opinion d’alors comme étant celle de quelqu’un d’intègre, ne voulant rien avoir à faire avec l’argent,et que certains peintres,
comme Gérard Fromanger, par exemple partagent, et je n’ai
rien trouvé à redire à cela ;
Maleureusement, il y a peu de temps, j’ai appris que ce même K . Wigdor se livrait exactement à la même chose que celle qu’il critiquait avec véhémence dans son message !!!!
http://www.churnonline.com/features/keith.wigdor/image1.php
De plus, et même si le problême actuel n’est pas directement lié à ça, (….peut-être malgré tout !!! ) la qualité intrinsèque de cette image me laisse pantois !!!

Pourtant, tout cela n’empêche nullement K.Wigdor d’écrire de pompeux articles tels que « Surrealism in 2004 » , et qui lui permettent d’assurer son auto-promotion (site Wykipedia)
puis de déverser sa haine, pour des raisons qui m’échappent….

Pour ma part, je me considère comme « Artiste » et je n’ai plus rien à faire avec le Webism .

Bernard Dumaine

I am writing this message in French and English (Sorry for the bad English) to avoid any confusion and to prove I am the real author of it, as many others have been published on Idymedia sites under « Bernard » ;(The same thing is done with some of my friends, Uly, Willem, Zazie….)
I remeber very well this kind of manipulation consisting in sending insultant posts was employed by K.Wigdor some years ago on the website « Now surreal » ;
One can suppose who is doing this here….

This will be the first time I am responding to Keith Wigdor, or more the second one :

The very first was this on this site:
http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/19/3fbaf7944777c
on which, Wigdor mainly criticized the participants in the show about the selling of the works ;
I though then, this could be someone’s opinion concerning Money and Art , and I did not say anything ;

Unfortunatly, I found recently a link showing that Keith Wigdor was doing exactly the same thing he was critizing with vehemence on other people !!!!
http://www.churnonline.com/features/keith.wigdor/image1.php
Moreover, and even if the actual problem is not there, (…but may be it is !!!!) I am horrified in the quality of this picture and it’s intrinsical artistic value !!!!

All this does not empech in any way Keith Wigdor to produce pompous articles such as « Surrealism in 2004 » permitting himself some self-promo via the Wikypidea site…

Now, I am considering myself as « Artist » and I have nothing to do anymore with Webism .

Bernard Dumaine


By the way, I am still proud of this past exhibition :
http://www.renderosity.com/homepage.ez?Who=bern&ViewArticle=5106
by Brandon Freels
Sunday Nov 21st, 2004 8:38 PM
and shut up! You caused enough problems.
by Andrew Torch
Monday Nov 29th, 2004 12:19 PM
ATorch
Reply GPMS
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What amazes me, is the GPMS should know that Zazie, Pierre, and most of us railed against the WAH Show, and it was Zazie who first let us use her website for the statements against it. WE collaborated in unity for those statements on the old Portland Yahoo site. The GPMS' un-easiness in regards to digital art has increased during the last year but the attack seems misguided and even inaccurate. If a Surrealist shows some work in a show that has non-Surrealists are they automatically labeled a traitor? Now, granted shows that are overtly anti-Surrealist, like the WAH show, I think can bring upon that label but a digital webism show does not seem to me to fit anywhere NEAR that same catagory. I find their (GPMS) statement appaling considering the fact that one of their commrades (NOT ZAZIE) ENTERED the WAH show and even won a prize!! Now the question is what is our response to them, if any? I am not very familiar with this New International Group based in the Netherlands which seems to have incurred the ire of the GPMS............
A. Torch, St. Louis


Fuck the Paris Surrealist Group!
Andrew Torch