The Subconscious and Surrealism

The artistic movement of Surrealism was greatly inspired by the work of psychologist Sigmund Freud, sorting after a revolution against the constraints of the rational mind. “Automatism” refers to involuntary actions and processes not under the control of the conscious mind—for example, dreaming, breathing, wishes etc. Automatism plays a role in Surrealists techniques such as spontaneous or automatic writing, painting, and drawing; free association of images and words; and collaborative creation though games like Exquisite Corpse. Surrealist artists also were often deeply interested in interpreting dreams as conduits for unspoken feelings and desires. 

 

 

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