Sunday, 4 May 2008

Enigmatic and cryptic art

"The conventional dream, approved by the psychoanalyst, clearly, or by obvious association, refers to the dreamer's waking life, the people and places he knows, his desires, wishes, and obsessions. Such dreams radiate a special disinterest. They are as boring and as commonplace as the average dreamer. There is a special class of dreams, in my experience, that are not dreams at all but quite real as so-called waking life and, in two examples I will relate, completely unfamiliar as regards my waking experience but, if one can specify degrees of reality, more real by the impact of unfamiliar scenes, places, personnel, even odors." - William Burroughs

The same quote applies, in my opinion, to so-called 'art' and entertainment. Most people always superimpose the tiresome, superficial and archetypal questions of how and why. Our world is chaotic; it doesn't function in a orderly, rational manner. Therefore, it is a terrible mistake to replicate whatever reality or norm in 'art' by assembling it into a beginning, a middle and an end. Most people can't take the fractured, tipsy-turvy logic of dreams and art that makes 2 + 2 = 5. It's always extremely boring to come across formulaic writing, formulaic movies and formulaic music that doesn't get under the skin.

It's always annoying to find people who go out of their way to be 'articulate'; it's the same as the social games teenage gangs play, but on a different level. I hate it when people think that writing must be 'clear' and gramitically correct; I hate it when writers write for an audience; I hate it when people assume that something must be validated or fair. If you have something to say - you say it. Fuck everyone else.

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