Thursday, May 22, 2008
Multimedia: "Change through Automatic drawing" - "Introspective thought"
Automatic drawing (distinguished from drawn expression of mediums) was developed by the surrealists, as a means of expressing the subconscious. In automatic drawing, the hand is allowed to move 'randomly' across the paper. In applying chance and accident to mark-making, drawing is to a large extent freed of rational control. Hence the drawing produced may be attributed in part to the subconscious and may reveal something of the psyche, which would otherwise be repressed. Examples of automatic drawing were produced by mediums and practitioners of the psychic arts. It was though by some Spiritualists to be a spirit control that was producing the drawing whilst physically taking control of the mediums body.
"In these days it is important for an artist to grasp that the logical exploratory voyage of reason is the finest process of the mind. Every other activity is a form of regression...thus the much-vaunted "night mind"; the subconscious world of myth and nostalgia, the child, the imagination and instinctual drives, though richer, stronger and more powerful than the world of reason...never the less owes its strength to our falling back on all that is primitive and infantile; it is an act of cowardice to the God in Man."
Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, 1944.
"Free Association" - technique of continuously relating anything which comes into the mind - the technique assumes that all memories are arranged in a single associative network, and that sooner or later the subject will stumble across the crucial memory.
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