Dates for Surrealist Games in Spring 2015

Spring into spring and refresh your eyes! Come with us on a Surrealist search for the marvelous in the spirit of collaborative play. Expect classics such as Exquisite Corpse and automatic writing/drawing, as well as new games such as word pop and folded poetry.

No experience required, just a sense of play.

Upcoming dates are: 17th April, 15th May and 19th June, all from 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth.

Suggested donation: £3

You are invited to an evening of participatory entertainment. Come join Surrealist practitioner and poet, Mary Jacob (Rrose Sélavy) to play Surrealist parlour games in the beautiful and unique environment of the Gas Gallery.

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March Surrealist Games evening

Coming up on Friday 20th March, step out onto another Surrealist journey. Come along at 7:30pm to the Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth. Who knows where you will end up?

For a more detailed view of Surrealism in Wales, including the activities at the gallery, please pick up the latest issue of Planet Magazine and read the article by David Greenslade, one of Wales’ foremost poets and Surrealists. Read an excerpt from the article.

Friday 20th March 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth

In Search of the Marvelous, Part 2

In Search of the Marvelous, Part 2

An Evening of Surrealist Parlour Games

Friday 19th September 2014, 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth

You are invited to an evening of participatory entertainment and Surrealist parlour games.

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a Synaesthetic drawing

  • Synaesthesia – blur the boundary between music and image!
  • Sound jam – make sounds!
  • Collage – remix words and images to make something new and strange!

Please bring a few pages (such as from a magazine) that you would be happy to cut up. If you make music and would like to join in a jam, please bring your instrument.

Games will be facilitated by Surrealist practitioner and poet, Rrose Sélavy. Each event in this monthly series has a different combination of activities, always giving you a chance to play with words, play with images, and play with sound. The programme includes collective and joyous improvisation based on games that the Surrealists played and classic theatre warm-up activities. We will use movement and sound, stories and pictures, bringing all the senses into play. No experience is needed, just bring your sense of fun.

Featuring Miss Morgan’s Rose Sherbet and other flavours, for an additional donation.

Suggested donation: £3

Poster for the event

Second Surrealist Evening in Search Of The Marvelous

We’re doing it again! To see what happened the first time, view the CelfCeredigionArt blog post.

An artifact from the last session, this was collaborative drawing to music.

Friday 19th September 2014, 7:30-10:00pm at the Gas Gallery

Suggested donation: £3

You are invited to an evening of participatory entertainment and Surrealist parlour games.

  • Synaesthesia – blur the boundary between music and image!
  • Sound jam – make sounds of all types!
  • Collage – remix words and images to make something new and strange!

Please bring a few pages (such as from a magazine) that you would be happy to cut up. If you make music and would like to join in a jam, please bring your instrument.

Featuring Miss Morgan’s Rose Sherbet and other flavours, for an additional donation.

More details to follow soon.

Flarf Experiment 3 – Sand Smoke

created by Mary Jacob using an adaptation of the flarf technique. 12 February 2013

In Mars’ polar regions,
a drawing of a face at Coney Island beach
has a stack of
photos of the Red Cross.
Break the rules and
match
an 86-year-old former midget
as he carves grooves in sand dunes
up to 2 feet thick.
Unprecedented coverage
is expected near the
hideouts
everywhere and water too.
Phone numbers for the best
play in silver
show you how to make a
mouthpiece
with a clear lens focus.
This series of false-color
alerts
must be situated
near
exposure to the best emerging acts.

There is just something about
the dynamic nature of the Martian surface
that follows
basics to the brink.

Flarf experiment 2 – Scratch Window

Photo by Tom Scott, available on Flickr through Creative Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscott/12112639/

Photo by Tom Scott, available on Flickr through Creative Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomscott/12112639/

Created by Mary Jacob 12 February 2013, using a variation of the Flarf technique

All types of damage.
Your nail hits
a science and education tool aimed at
a lightweight and highly configurable
squeak.
The result is
all types of damage,
which stays open after
the intended behavior.
A shrinking
vandal
on today’s high street,
while functional,
is a result of
young customers’
DJ performance.
A blade that traces the arc of the
game
prevents
language for everyone.
You have at least the beginnings of the dreaded
open
bar.

Flarf Experiment – Pain Tapestry

Flarf experiment composed by Mary Jacob 12 Feb 2013

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Well, it had to happen some day. It was inevitable really. Flarf is a method for composing poetry that is similar to Dadaist cut-ups but using Google , so it was a natural for Rrose. Choose two words that don’t have anything to do with each other and enter a search. Copy words and phrases from the results and paste them into a poem. Once you have done that, you can shape and change it as you see fit. Flarf started off as a joke, but then became serious. Here is my first experiment. I’ve adapted the method to produce something that suits my own aesthetics.

Pain Tapestry

Without pain our life is unthinkable.
The concrete could open up.
There are three
grapevines
rolling in,
woven into our own bodies
for about a year now.
They are easy to stitch
in the deep recesses of
12 million other
functions
that share our
steep
separation.
Embrace the outward beauty,
the shock at losing
our designs.
How much pain can we endure?