Eros Surrealismus: All Creativity is Sexual

We are the animal brain: hunger, impulse, response, a desire to survive… but not for survival’s sake alone–survival for the sake of reproduction.

All higher brain functions derive from or are filtered through the hypothalamus (hunger, thirst etc.), amygdala (emotions), and midbrain (sleep/wake/arousal). You cannot escape it. It is your anatomy.

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We are the animal brain: hunger, impulse, response, a desire to survive… but not for survival’s sake alone–survival for the sake of reproduction.

All higher brain functions derive from or are filtered through the hypothalamus (hunger, thirst etc.), amygdala (emotions), and midbrain (sleep/wake/arousal). You cannot escape it. It is your anatomy.

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And that is creativity. Just as sexual union (brought to fruition) creates new life, so all creative acts–from fiction to sculpture to arts & crafts–are fundamentally procreative, sexual.

This does not mean they have to be about sex, merely that the act of creating itself is a sexual one.

From Erotic Art:

“The Abridged Dictionary of Surrealism defines eroticism as a ‘sumptuous ceremony in a tunnel’. In which case, the first act of the rite is certainly one of sacrilege and tumult.”

The surrealists’ “redefinition of art as an exploration of the hidden recesses of the psyche and the restimulation of the imagination, as distinct from the production of cultural commodities” [which is what most Western art, including Impressionism and Expressionism, had become by the 1920s] , “led them to associate ever more closely the libidinous and creative functions.”

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“If the Marxian revolution meant the reappropriation of labor by mankind whose labor was their defining feature, the surrealist revolution evisaged the complementing of this by the emancipation of desire” from commerce, from ‘propriety’.

“Unleashed eroticism demands excess, blasphemy, subversion, even the blood-letting of the sadistic act. As such, it is an act of violence closely akin to a revolutionary act…”  and The Church, as self-appointed protector and repressor, is a common target.

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“Time and again in surrealist art, everyday objects are diverted from their customary and respectable purposes and reallocated to louche and ambivalent symbolic roles.”

“Perversion rejects the concentration of erotic interest on the genital areas alone, convenient as the latter may be for work since it leaves the rest of the body available as an instrument of labor. Much surrealist art is about the multiplication of erotic possibilities, the sexualization of the whole body, of the external world, and even presenting the universe in an endless cosmic copulation. “

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“In love, desire and reality fuse.” You are in love when you believe you are. This is the great lesson and legacy of surrealism.

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