Dust — cakeordeathsite

Hokusai-The Tengu Goddess, Mystical Bird 1760

For a few seconds a stray sunbeam

Makes visible the dance of dance motes

Swaying, trembling, swooning then falling

I have been granted a glimpse

Of harmony in the floating world

For the moment I am deeply content

Eyelids heavy, chin dropping towards chest

I dream of angels in a distant Heaven

Languidly embracing in the shallows

Of a limpidly becalmed pool.

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What I Believe by J.G Ballard — cakeordeathsite

The incantatory prose poem What I Believe from 1984 is a crystallised distillation of Ballard’s artistic credo. Here are all the signature trade-marks and obsessions: car crashes, deserted beaches and abandoned hotels as well as his extraordinarily odd musings on the real appeal of celebrities. It is, as always with Ballard, idiosyncratic, bizarre and strangely beautiful. The […]

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Graffiti — cakeordeathsite

Brassaï’s close-ups of graffiti carved and painted on Parisian city walls were first seen in the Surrealist magazine Minotaure in 1933, however he would continue to photograph images of graffiti for the next three decades, culminating in the publication of the book, Graffiti, in 1961. With this project, ‘the eye of Paris’ as he was called […]

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Dreams of Desire 54 (Written on the Body) — cakeordeathsite

The German photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke concentrated almost entirely on montage techniques. Influenced by the great Dada and Surrealist innovators of the 1920’s and 30’s he experimented with solarisation and camera-less photographs. During WWII he turned to photographing small animals for scientific publications. The 1950’s however saw Hajek-Halke returning to experimental photography; he joined the fotoform […]

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Another World — cakeordeathsite

One of the acknowledged precursors of Surrealism, the work of French caricaturist J.J Grandville was featured in Documents magazine and is discussed at length in Walter Benjamin’s vast and fragmentary study of the urban redevelopment of Paris by Baron Haussmann, The Arcades Project (Passagen-Werk). He rose to fame in 1828 with Les Métamorphoses du jour, a book with […]

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