Enquiry Talks and Presentations

ISSS Surrealisms 2021 Worldwide Virtual Conference Event

We are excited to announce that La Sirena Surrealist Group will be taking part in the ISSS Surrealisms 2021 Worldwide Virtual Conference Event, where we will be presenting a pre-recorded roundtable entitled, ‘Poetry Made by All: Collective Surrealist Activity and Surrealist Practice as Research‘, chaired by our very own Dr. Darren Thomas.

The proposal is for a pre-recorded roundtable discussion (30-60 minutes) of the importance of collective surrealist activity and surrealist practice as research, with members of La Sirena surrealist group. We will consider the above in relation to past and current surrealist groups, including our own, focusing in particular on some of our recent films, games, poems, collages and assemblages and explore how each project was created and how it has contributed to and enriched our ongoing research.

It is our view that the artistic activities, such as films, paintings, collages, objects and so on, associated with surrealism are not seen as separate, different or special from its other activities but as evidence or residue of an ongoing process, documenting the surrealists’ experiments and investigations – as forms of research, ultimately connected to a much wider political, philosophical and ultimately revolutionary programme, immortalised by Rimbaud’s ‘Change life’ and Marx’s ‘Transform the world’. In this sense it is argued that surrealists past and present have created/utilised an array of media (as research) in pursuit of their investigations, in the hope of enlarging, and transforming their own (as well as the reader’s) vision of reality.

We will utilise the results of an enquiry, sent to other surrealist groups and members of the ISSS, prior to the roundtable, considering the importance of collective surrealist activity. Above all, we believe that collective activity is crucial for surrealism, and the notion of surrealism as a community of artist-researchers rather than an artistic school has gained more credence in recent discussions of surrealism. 

The virtual conference will take place between 11-14th November 2021 and our pre-recorded roundtable will be available to view on demand from 10th November at 9:00am EST for up to two weeks after the conference: You can register here to view the entire event and you can check out the draft program here…/10-28… .

We also look forward to sharing both the pre-recorded roundtable and supplementary material with you on our blog after the conference.

2 replies on “ISSS Surrealisms 2021 Worldwide Virtual Conference Event”

Hello Comrades!

This sounds fascinating and good to see the ‘Collective’ Enquiry being utilised in this way.

I look forward to catching up with the conference on your site!

Surrealist Greetings,

John R


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Many thanks, John! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the roundtable. It’s been fantastic reading all the responses and the accompanying artwork. We will be sharing these on the blog, shortly.


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