Actively Critical of the Paranoid-Critical Activity

17 Dec

Salvador Dali’s The Conquest of the Irrational displays a run-on writing style that does not appear to offer any sense of reality at first reading.  Trying to understand what is meant by the illegitimate child of logical intuition can be a bit off-putting, never mind the fact that he wrote about himself in third person.  But since he was willing to identify himself as extravagance, I slowly and openly begin to accept the indulgence of an experience and consent to the fact that he hates any form of simplicity. 

I can entertain the idea of concrete irrationality as bringing about the irrational inner self and making it concrete in the time and space that we are familiar with through the creation of art, and then subjecting it to “an experimental method based on the power that dominates the systematic associations peculiar to paranoia” to identify irrational knowledge.  Although this seems a bit heady, I would look at it like looking at the clouds within yourself to doodling on the shapes that you see onto some tangible re ality.

His view about a paranoid-critical activity gives the irrational a stage to be presented in reality.  He so strongly believes in these ideas that he gives gravity towards reevaluating the functionality of art history while placing Picasso’s hypermaterialist thoughts firmly above mathematical physics.   Although I think that Dali was looking to make room for the next ideologies, I think his approach was a bit too removed from reality to become the key in the keyhole of transcendence that he might have wanted.



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