ACFM Trip 27: Surrealism

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Things get weird on this Trip into Surrealism, a subject of great interest to ACFM and all historians of the weird left. Nadia, Jem and Keir follow a thread of off-kilter expression from Dadaism and André Breton’s manifesto through to Situationism, punk and Afrosurrealism.

The gang explore the importance of surrealism to socialist thought and anti-colonial struggle, considering Meret Oppenheim’s fur cup, Lenin at the Cabaret Voltaire, surrealist women’s art, Freud’s ideas of the subconscious and a canon of surreal songs from Ivor Cutler to Devo.

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Music: Ivor Cutler – ‘Life In A Scotch Sitting Room’ Vol. 2, Ep. 11 / Anton Giulio Bragaglia – ‘Fotodinamismo Futurista’ / Eric Satie – ‘Gymnopédie No.1’ / King Crimson – ‘Moonchild’ / Devo – ‘Jocko Homo’ / Prince Fatty & Shniece Mcmenamin – ‘Black Rabbit’ / Caberet Voltaire – ‘Nag Nag Nag’ / Prince Paul – ‘Introduction to Psychoanalysis (Schizophrenia)’ / The Coup – ‘Oyahytt

Robin D. G. Kelley – Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination / Helena Lewis – Dada Turns Red: The Politics of Surrealism / Freud – The Interpretation of Dreams / Joyce Mansour’s poetry / Dorothea Tanning – Chasm: A Weekend / Phosphor magazine / Simon Reynolds – Rip it Up and Start Again

Produced by Matt Huxley and Chal Ravens.