85 years of Surrealism
January 25, 2018 - 20:00
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This new issue by Loewe Conversations proposes a dialogue with Fernando Arrabal, “the last survivor amongst modernity’s’ four avatars: Dada, Surrealism, Pataphysics and Pánico” according to Mel Gussow (The New York Times) and Juan Antonio Vizcaíno, writer, journalist and a tenured dramaturgy professor at RESAD (Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático).
Born in Melilla, Spain, Arrabal has lived in Paris since 1955, where he met many from the Surrealist generation (Breton, Dalí, Duchamp and Tzara). In 1962 he founded the Pánico group, and has since then developed an unclassifiable literary oeuvre that exceeds all categories. Arrabal’s life, work and words prove that Surrealism is far more than a mere style of its times; for over 85 years, it has inspired a richer, freer and truly unprejudiced way of understanding arts and the world.
Surrealism was an attempt to surpass reality. Or better said, it tried to bring forth a vision of the world that would reconcile opposing dimensions and languages: Freudian consciousness and subconsciousness, reason and fantasy, dreaming and waking states, innocence and perversion, predictability and awe, high literature and a baby’s first babbling. Originally coined by Guillaume Apollinaire during the First World War, Surrealism (or Superealism, if we stick to the term’s etymology) nurtured the 20th century’s most arresting talents (from Dalí to Matta, from Buñuel to Bergman, from García Lorca to Beckett). The movement still casts its shadow (or its light, in a Surrealist image) upon the 21st century.
Fernando Arrabal is one of the most controversial yet internationally renowned creative minds
He has received several prestigious awards for his work: Pasolini (film), Nabokov Internacional de Novela (novel), Antonin Artaud (play), Espasa (essay), Wittgenstein (philosophy), Mariano de Cavia (journalism) and Alessandro Manzoni (poetry).
He belongs in the “Satrape Pataphysicien” group, something he shares with major figures like Marcel Duchamp, Benoît Mandelbrot, Man Ray and Jean Baudrillard.
Juan Antonio Vizcaíno is a writer, a journalist and a tenured dramaturgy professor at RESAD (Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático).
He also works as a professional theatre critic, with expertise in Eastern Theatre, Non-Verbal Theatre and Puppet Theatre.
In October 2015 he introduced the documentary “Javier Esteban Arrabal, el genio y la locura” at Centro Cultural Conde Duque, together with Fernando Arrabal. He regularly contributes to the weekly magazine “ABC Cultural”.