Monday, July 19, 2010

Some recent patablogs

On Tarology blog there's an excellent article on "the ‘pataphysics of the marseilles tarot". The Tarot de Marseille is one of the earlier tarots , probably developped around 1500, based on the so-called Visconti-Sforza deck, featuring 22 large arcana and 56 small arcana (which is the basis of the regular card game). The original purpose was simply playing games, although the hidden meaning might have been a prototypal Operation Mindfuck, inducing an old and hidden knowledge in the minds of the unsuspecting players.
In this blog article, the author Enrique Enriquez mentions André Breton, who helped develp the Tarot surréaliste during WW2, and who had a particular appeal for the works of Jean-pierre Brisset, one of my favourite 'Fou littéraire' or kook. For Brisset language was the key to analyse the world. One could see how wordplay in its Jungian interpretation, similarly to the joycean interpretation of dreams, could play a part in the interpretation of the Tarot, where visual homophonies play their part as well. The author also examines the 'pataphysical value of arbitrary choices. Excellent article IMHO, and the blog in general seems very valuable with its 'sideshow' studies (like 'How to turn a deck of cards into a thermometer') and poetry.

An article about visual artist Charles Avery who gives a solo exhibition in Paris called "Onomatopoeia" on the blog 'What to see in Paris'. The artist shows the history of the utopian island Onomatopea, "a revision of the real world, an alternative to our existence that develops a playful reflection of the everyday world". And it is said his world is more 'pataphysical than surrealist, full of imaginary solutions.

The Guardian describes him "There are few artists brave enough to play God, but Charles Avery has no problems on that score. Over the last 10 years he has been building an island and painstakingly documenting its inhabitants, landscape and cosmology in text, paint and sculpture".

Pataphors are studied by John Finlay on his Wingwams blog. I'm reading Edward de Bono's 'Lateral Thinking' right now, and I'm convinced he might indulge the use of pataphors to solve complex problems. Even if the solution is highly and utterly imaginary!
The author mentions string theory as an example of pataphor and develops his thoughts on psychosis and Rube Goldberg contraptions. Excellent.

Finally, on Twittering Machine there is an article about Charles Vernon Boys and his bizarrely titled book "Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them " published in 1896 which was an inspiration for Alfred Jarry's "The Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, pataphysician". A nice little overview of Jarry as well.
More of the same on the excellent Arthur Cravan blog. "This year Charles Vernon Boys was to be the lecturer. There were rumors that he had some magical tricks he would show...Promptly at three, the lecturer, Charles Vernon Boys, stepped through the opening in the rear curtain and came forward onto the stage. In his damp hands he had a soap bubble nearly a foot in size; he tossed it from one hand to the other as he walked. " This blog is definitely worth more than one visit!

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