Wednesday, May 13, 2009

necessary for you

"In order for you to like something it is necessary for you to have seen and understood it a long time ago, you bunch of idiots"

- attributed to Francis Picabia / written on a sandwich board worn by André Breton at the Festival Dada in Paris, 1920.

Image: Francis Picabia, 'I See Again in Memory My Dear Udnie' (1914)


  1. I do not agree with this guy. There are things that you can consider fantastic as soon as you see them, specially art stuff.
    I was thinking that this guy would probably consider love at first sight inexistent.

    casually I just put on my twitter something about liking
    "Liking interesting things doesn’t make you interesting",
    I like it cause it makes me think about fake/wannabe arty people.

    I know it has nothing to do with your post, hope it does not bother you dough.

  2. "Liking interesting things doesn’t make you interesting" - that's an interesting point. ;)

    I think Picabia / Breton were just trying to poke fun at the tastes of the bourgeoisie. But I love the exuberance of it.

  3. Also, on the love at first sight thing, 'amour fou' would later become one of surrealism's pet ideas. I'd say that 'love at first sight' agreed with their conception of the marvellous.

  4. It is a provocation, absolutely, they where having fun at people like me that do not get it right away.
    This is also confirmed by the fact that they belived in "amor fu ".

    I love these guys I liked them right away, but I did not understood them until you told me this.
    Take a look at this dude, you might like it:

    Tell me at my blog if you think something intresting about this, I am sure you wil.

  5. "The tastes of the bourgeoisie" -- yeah, that cultural inertia that refuses the new. It's a great quote.

  6. Stu! Congratulations on being in Wordsalad. It's the best resource for contemporary spoken word poetry on the web, and you are in it. Congratulations!

  7. Thanks, Paul. It's a great show, and I'm very happy to have been featured. :)