Surrealpolitik: The Rotting Donkey

Author: Salvador Dali

London: Phaidon

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Dali on paranoia and reality.


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An activity having a moral tendency could be provoked by the violently paranoiac will to systematize confusion. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Paranoia]
I believe the moment is drawing near when, by a thought process of a paranoiac and active character, it would be possible (simultaneously with automatism and other passive states) to systematize confusion and thereby contribute to a total discrediting of the world of reality. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Paranoia]
The new simulacra which the paranoiac thought may suddenly let loose will not merely have their origin in the unconscious, but, in addition, the force of the paranoiac power will itself be at the service of the unconscious. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Paranoia]
All physicians are of one mind in recognizing the swiftness and inconceivable subtlety commonly found in paranoiacs, who, taking advantage of associations and facts so refined as to escape normal people, reach conclusions that often cannot be contradicted or rejected and that in any case nearly always defy psychological analysis. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Paranoia]
The double image (an example of which might be the image of a horse that is at the same time the image of a woman) may be extended, continuing the paranoiac process, with the existence of another obsessive idea being sufficient for the emergence of a third image (the image of a lion, for example) and thus in succession until the concurrence of a number of images would be limited only be the extent of the mind's paranoiac capacity.

I submit to a materialist analysis the type of mental crisis that might be provoked by such an image; I submit to it the far more complex problem of determining which of these images has the highest potential for existence, once the intervention of desire is accepted; and also the more serious and general question whether a series of such representations accepts a limit, or, whether, as we have every reason to believe, such a limit does not exist, or exists merely as a function of each individual's paranoiac capacity. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Paranoia]
[O]ur images of reality themselves depend on the degree of our paranoiac faculty, and that yet, theoretically, an individual endowed with a sufficient degree of this faculty, might as he wishes see the successive changes of form of an object perceived in reality, just as in the case of voluntary hallucination; this, however, with the still more devastatingly important characteristic that the various forms assumed by the object in question will be controllable and recognizable by all, as soon as the paranoiac will simply indicate them. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Truth & Real, Simulacra/Illusion, Madness, Gaslighting, Paranoia]
Connoisseurs of images, we have long ago learned to recognize the image of desire hidden behind the simulacra of terror. (page 257)
Tags: [Surrealism, Terror, Paranoia]