By Andrew Hugill
Of the entire French cultural exports over the past a hundred and fifty years or so, 'pataphysics--the technology of imaginary recommendations and the legislation governing exceptions--has confirmed to be the most sturdy. Originating within the wild mind's eye of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting transparent definition, purposefully lifeless, and nearly very unlikely to appreciate, 'pataphysics however lies round the roots of Absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and different key cultural advancements of the 20 th century. during this account of the evolution and impression of 'pataphysics, Andrew Hugill deals an educated exposition of a wealthy and tough territory, staying aloft on a tightrope stretched among the dual hazards of oversimplifying a significant topic and taking a funny story too heavily. Drawing on greater than twenty-five years' examine, Hugill maps the 'pataphysical presence (partly wakeful and said yet mostly subconscious and unacknowledged) in literature, theater, track, the visible arts, and the tradition at huge, or even detects 'pataphysical impression within the social sciences and the sciences. He bargains many significant excerpts (in English translation) from fundamental assets, intercalated with a radical explication of key topics and occasions of 'pataphysical background. In a Jarryesque contact, he offers those in opposite chronological order, starting with a survey of 'pataphysics within the electronic age and dealing backward to Jarry and past. He seems to be in particular on the paintings of Jean Baudrillard, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, J. G. Ballard, Asger Jorn, Gilles Deleuze, Roger Shattuck, Jacques Prévert, Antonin Artaud, René Clair, the Marx Brothers, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Raymond Roussel, Jean-Pierre Brisset, and lots of others.
"This e-book is a prior and destiny historical past of 'pataphysics, and will supply nice convenience to these conflicted souls (everybody) who nonetheless think in anything." -- Andrei Codrescu, writer of The Posthuman Dada consultant: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.
"Andrew Hugill masterfully manages the plain impossibility of writing heavily a couple of topic that makes unseriousness its center. i found 'pataphysics at age sixteen and used to be instantly attracted to its irreverence and the impossibility of choosing even if it was once deep or pretending to be deep or whatever else totally. Now that Hugill, himself a composer of pataphysical track, has explicated the intricacies, subtleties, and slapstick of 'pataphysics, i am commencing to know the way even more there's to the perform than meets the mind." -- Howard Rheingold, critic and writer of internet shrewdpermanent, instruments for idea, The digital neighborhood, and clever Mobs
" 'Pataphysics: A lifeless advisor is a richly informative severe assessment of the wide-ranging impact of (and affects on) 'pataphysics, from Groucho to Deleuze, OuLiPo, Borges, Bõk, Situationisism, SciFi, Raymond Roussel, and a wildly artistic group of fellow tourists, diviners, alchemists, and literary and theatrical pioneers. Andrew Hugill's encyclopedic tribute exhibits how, for greater than a century, Alfred Jarry's precocious brain theater has remained exhilaratingly unparalleled and highly exhilarating." -- Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, collage of Pennsylvania; writer of assault of the tricky Poems: Essays and Inventions
"Hugill has written a necessary, sharp ebook in this important topic. He has a brisk sort that provides the e-book speed and punch. it really is authoritative and entire of wonders. He supplies the geography of the flow and maps out the excitement of uselessness." -- Richard Marshall, 3:AM Magazine
"Andrew Hugill, professor at De Montfort collage and, both vital, Commandeur Requis of the Ordre de l. a. Grand Gidouille within the Collège de 'Pataphysique, has in good less than 300 pages traced the lineaments of a technological know-how which, like a particle in quantum mechanics, essentially resists exact size. He describes a box recognized for its wordplay and willful obfuscation with transparent language, an admirable breadth of reference, and an abiding admire for the complexity and, good, willfull obfuscation of his subject." -- Andrew Hultkrans, Bookforum
"From the Theatre of the Absurd via to fashionable artwork, literature, song, even postmodern philosophy, pataphysics has been one of many using forces of the avant-garde for greater than a century. Hugill's self-deprecating research presents us with not just an highbrow heritage of this attention-grabbing yet elusive group but in addition, and no much less importantly, proffers invaluable clues as to the character of the creativity of the attitudes and tenets of its members." -- occasions better schooling
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The pataphysical year is divided into thirteen months, twelve of 28 days and one, Gidouille, of 29, as follows (the full significance of these names will emerge later in this book) : Absolu (Absolute) .. Haha (Ha ha) " As (Skiff) • Sable (Sand [sandglass] , heraldic black, time) " Decervelage (Debraining) '" Gueules (Heraldic red, gob) • Pedale (Bicycle pedal, also slang for homosexual) .. Clinamen (Swerve) " Palotin (Ubu's henchmen) " Merdre (Pshit) .. Gidouille (Spiral) .. Tatane (Slang for shoe, or being worn out) • Phalle (Phallus) • Each month contains an imaginary day, or hunyadi (named after a Hun garian laxative water), which may be freely inserted anywhere, and the 1 3th day of each month falls on a Friday.
The Pataphysical Museum at the London Institute of 'Pataphysics (LIP) houses an archive, a collection of subliminal images, and an exhibition of wands, including: a Golden Dawn Fire wand, Dr. Faustroll's poker, Potas sonic wands, tickling sticks, a disobedient wand, Great Aunt B's Cursing stick, Toast wand, Givenchy wand, a Russian Military Policeman's Illumi nated Traffic-Directing Baton, and even a Long-Screw-with-a-Plastic-Knob wand. In 2002, the Department of Reconstructive Archaeology (DoRA) of the LIP staged an exhibition of the paintings and sculptures of Anthony (bet ter known as Tony) Hancock, the British comic whose 1960 film The Rebel satirized the modern art world, and contained many works of supposedly poorly executed art by the apparently deluded protagonist.
Alfred Jarry, who at first glance may appear to be relegated to the final chapter, will be treated as exceptional, and will appear and disappear throughout the book as appropriate, or inappropriate. The pataphysical conception of Time does not necessarily recognize a conventional chronological succession. As Jarry clarified: The Explorer in his [Time] Machine beholds Time as a curve, or better as a closed curved surface analogous to Aristotle's Ether. For much these same reasons in an other text (Exploits and Opinions ofDoctor Faustroll, Book VIII) we make the use of the term Ethemity.