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NOTE: Recent theoretical work on the possibilities of Quadrupple (4-tupple) Cross Products has been suspended due to a lack of funding. Data processin continues - un-abated. AxB (v) :: C -[ SC x SP (Earth) :: (expressed via) ART -> Eco Psychology, etc]- See also: The name re-makes the thing (HUM x SCI (word) :: EXP as JAZ). -^_6 On this page: sensibilities {Theatre of the Absurd} The primary aspects of absurdists: Non-sequitur (it doesn't follow) Pie in the face Taking non-sense seriously Not taking serious things so Absurdism is the "philosophy" of rejecting the single view that things make sense, absolutely and at all times. That is, an absurdist recognises that many things simply don't make sense. Many enlightened thinkers have advanced the idea that absurdist philosophy (closely related to existentialism -(see map)-), developed as a result of the impact of "modernism" on the human mind. That is (and historical evidence strongly supports this), when the first total wars of conflict occured (notably the bloody French Revolution, followed by a much-hoped-for period of growth, followed by Napoleaon as healer of France, followed by Napolean as god-emperor and the newest Caesar to attempt total world domination -- led to the early absurdist view of the world. This took the form of such novels as "War and Peace" (Vonna e Mir) by Leo Tolstoy, "The Miseries" (Les Miserables) by Victor Hugo, "The Scarlet Pimpernell" by Madam Orstazzy, etc. These "mere" flights of fancy, later became codified in "serious" works, such as the early existentialist philosophers such as Hegel, Hiedeger, James, etc. Meanwhile, the full thrust of absurdism occured in the arts. In the areas of musical composition such ideas as the multi-tonic scale of Modest Mussorgski comes to mind (the fact that his works were post-humorously re-worked indicated that even many of his own contemporaries did not understand what was happening). This as well as other "experiments" led to groups such as "The Six" (Les Six) including composers such as Erik Satie, Darius Milhaud, Much of the work was influenced by African American music such as the blues, jazz, and of course the long tradition of the negroe spirituals -- growing un-doubtedly out of the absurdity that in a country founded literally and textually upon the concepts of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and "all men are created equal" -- that quite apparently the colour of one's skin could be used to toally negate such lofty ideas/ideals. One of the earlist realiseurs of the absurd (it is all very well to estoll the vitues of a society/concept/ideal, it is quite another to be willing to LIVE by the rules one sets down) was of course Alfred H. Jarry -- best known as a key contributor to the science of pataphysics -(see map)-. Jarry by his keen observations around him put into full force the ideas of absurdity. The nature of the conflict that gave rise to this was several fold: Being short, an outsider (he was born in the Breton region of France, thus being "between" English and French customs, language, etc), as well as fact that his own mother took it upon herself to leave her drunkard husband and set out on her on with her children to brazenly make a new life for herself and them. Very approachable (popular) stuides of Jarry's work can be found in the folowing volumes: "The Banquet Years -- The Origins of the Avant Garde" by Robert Shattuck. This book focuses on three particular French artists. Henri Rouseau (the self-trained artist whose proto-surrealist paintings brought him acceptance by the classically trained artists of his time), Erik Satie (whose life of music began some of the most serious questiong of the howness and whatness of music), as well as Alfred Jarry (himself a creative nihilist as well as a keen observer of the folly of life; ie, C'est la le follie!). "Alfred Jarry: The man with the Axe" by Nigey Lennon. This book is highlighted by the wondrous drawings of Bill Griffith (best known for his "Zippy the Penhead" comics). Lennon's style is both literate and personal -- recapping her experiences as to how Jarry's work helped her to survive in modern American society. As the visual artist, Fred Babb put it: "Art is what children do to survive in an Authoritarian Society.". Next in line was the developments that led to the first world war; ostensibly as it was being fought it came to be known as "The War to End all Wars". With the dawn of the twentieth century (1900c), the hopes of the world ran high. The railroad and other inventions (the telegraph and telephone) showed the promise of linking the remotest parts of the world together. The discovery and use of anaesthetics (notably ether) made surgery much less dangerous and survivable. The printing press, typewriter, and lithography meant that wondrous and plentiful books could be published to bring universal literacy to even the remotest and most primitive regions of the world. These triumphs led to the concept of "modernism" -- the idea of being able to *fix* any problem, that man's intellect had finally blossomed and that fruits of his creativity in ALL areas would finally bring a "second eden" to the world. But. Then: "The Great War". And this is not something that just happened. Despite the fact that it is a commonly held mis-belief that the asassination of the archduke of Austria in the powderkeg of Serbia was the CAUSE of the war: There were signs and portents. This is evidenced by (among other things) the writers of the day. In keeping with the general idea that "repetition is the death of art", musicial composers were always searching for new ways to express things. Not only, were they expressing new musical forms just for the sake of doing so, they were expressing the new events around them as well. For example, the African American composer, William Grant Still, wrote his new orchestral works ONLY because he was among the first decendents of slaves in the United States to be educated in the European methods of musical composition. And that occured in the liberal North East at the hands of the Chekisovakian composer, Antonin Dvordjak -- who left most of his predjudices behind, and saw in America a vast new land of musical potential. This was accompanied and led to the development of new experiments in the visual arts (notably "impressionism" and "expressionism"). This then influenced writers. Of course, then came along the second world war, and needing an endcap provided us with an even more modern modern; the mustard gas was replaced by an atomic bomb, the world wide influenza was replaced by genocide, and on and on, and...

Theatre of the Absurd

Important references include: "An Anthologhy of German Expressionist Drama: A prelude to the absurd" Edited by Walter H. Sokel. This marvelously compact book brings to light that long before the first shot was fired in Serbia, the writers of that time were already "tuned in" to the comming of war. It includes names that are immediately recognisable and ones that should be so: Oskar Kokoschka (better known as a visual artist), Bertolt Brecht (best known for rescuing "The ThreePenny Opera" (Mack the Knife) from obscurity). Note especially "The Beggar" by Reinhard Sorge, "The StrongBox" by Carl Sternheim, and "Humanity" (Die Menschen) by Walter Hasenclever. Theatre of the Absurd" by ??author?? "Waiting for Godot" by Sammuel Beckett. "Exit the King" by ??author?? "Zoo Story" by Albe ?? Modern (contemporary) absurdism is most accessible to the public via films. Examples include (titles only; use imdb.com for details), "Stardust Memories", "Little Miss Sunshine", "Memmento", "Shultze Gets the Blues". Unfortunately due to the "mass pop culture" thing, most ideas of absurdity get swept up into the greedy arms of exploiters. As such, even such seemingly promising areas of absurdism as rap, film, music, and literature begin to mimic the very normality that they pretend to seek to destroy. Notable exceptions include: Rap & Music: "Nas" (as in "Nastrodomus") -- very strong history works "Black Star" -- *actual* third eye vision; with 5-star dimension "Madonna" (most notably: "Material Girl") -- ironic.


The absurdity of the pubs is that they "think" that they can tell the future: "What they (the ACLU, eg) will do is this..." As, if they (in their own limited little be-blindered way can extend into the mind of the opposite of what they are. The problem occurs that their minds (like closed parashutes) don't really work very well. Thus, (wasting their time) they watch "THE NEWS" (always on vid -- newspapers? books? -- too much trouble (unless commanded by the current pub-messiah to buy THEIR book)). But, watching the news only serves to re-enforce their own POV. And so the squirrel cage continues to revolve, squirrel-less - squirrels are not pubs, they know where their nuts are, and even if they don't they don't try to rationalise why they got lost (the previous administration, the THEM, etc), start yelling "Ok: I give up!!! WHERE ARE THE (&#*#($-ing!!! NUTS???, blaming other people (who had nothing to do with the growth, packaging or distribution of nuts), rather they (the squirrels) just go about getting new nuts. Methinks squirrels are wiser than any pub -- but then 20mph looks the same as 50mph and hence they get run over all the time. But, suddenly the earth got a lot hotter. Fortunately, it was ALL a dream. The (happy) ending. --30-- Former US President Ford was once reputed at a "meet and greet" luncheon to try to eat the "corn husk" which is used to wrap tamales (a local Spanish dish at the time - see map). This was oft pointed to as a sign of his incompetance. But, of course if you've NEVER seen (or eaten) a tamale (so wrapped), then you wouldn't know that it (the corn-husk) wasn't intended as an extreme source of fibre. The point (being missed) is that it is the ARROGANCE of assumption: If you don't know what they do in Rome, then wait, observe, and then try to act properly. This was pointed out by author/futurist Douglas Noel Adams (see map) in one of the five volumes of his on-going trilogy "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" when Ford Prefect (a visitor to the planet Earth (see map) from a planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse) thought to "meet and greet" an on-coming car since he (having never seen a car before) thought (after not some inconsiderable period of observation) that cars were the dominant life form on Earth. (What these "cars" are, i do not know - having been in suspended animation for some 55 Quintillion years; apparently they are quite ferocious creatures who/which move quickly, often indiscriminantly. Fortunately, they do not seem viciously aggressive an with carefull consideration may be safely avoided in most cases.

What will you do now?

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^futurist] So, i've decided to commit suicide if i can't find some sort of employment by my next birthday. The argument goes like this: Pub: So what will you do if you can't find a job by May? Rene: I'll kill myself. Pub: Don't be absurd. You won't do that. Rene: Maybe. Of course, nothing can stop me. Pub: We could have you locked up. Rene: No. You're too late. Even if you reprogram me with drugs and anti-depressents, you're already too late. The person that i am right now is the person who is contemplating suicide. If you change that future person then that isn't me. It's the most fundamental existential concept in the universe. Pub: Don't be absurd. Rene: (laughing slightly, shaking head) Indeed; you are. Pub: What? Rene: Exactly what. ... fade to another file, another time ... idea: jarry produces ubi roi merdre give liecnes to cocateu, satie, mishoaud, etc to produce and pssibly the german experssionist threatre (hard to keep pere ubu down) and then ww i occurs hmmm much to write here !!!!! THEN ww i occurs