- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Shambhala Pubns (1995)
- ASIN: B000KWHDA8
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Book of Surrealist Games, A
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If you want to know more about Surrealism, but just want to dip your toes into those mysterious waters at first, this is as good a starting place as any you'll find. The ideas of surprising juxtapositions, unexpected connections, and the sense of freedom & revelation through absurdity & chance, are all demonstrated here. And if you enjoy this first taste, then you'll almost certainly want more ...
Recommended as both an unusual diversion & a window into another world!
What you will find here is a series of exercises and games and thought experiments that will help you breakdown reason and challenge assumption. Certainly one can see the effectiveness of such pastimes among a group of committed revolutionaries, like those who arose in the 1920's.
In our era, Surrealism has been distilled into Dali prints hung on 20-something walls (I have been guilty) and there is little understanding of what Breton and Ernst and the others were trying to say and to accomplish.
This book is worth a look, if you want to understand, or remember that understanding is pale and sickly, when objects are simply taken at their word.
Surrealism is not my favorite art movement, but perhaps it should be. Thoroughly anti-bourgeois, but not proletarian, Surrealism reflects my values back at me and asks me to deconstruct them.
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expected to be more fun than it was but still a lot packed in a little bookPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This small, inexpensive book's full of nifty games and ideas just waiting to be expanded upon by game designers of all kinds. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Z
Inspired me to rethink my pancake recipe. Learned to juggle. Practicing handstands. This book is like a good soup.Published 7 months ago by Christopher Cooke
A magnificent mind party...
Has eaten the royal potato.
I bask in the sand of this book
When the moon licks your ear.
I taught a surrealist drawing class at the undergraduate level and used many of the games in this book to introduce projects and ideas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by shirah