30 April, 2013
We are not artists and have no interest in art markets or in the art-world career paths that are often, in their miserable conformism and conservatism, barely distinguishable from those of accountants, solicitors, managers, entrepreneurs, etc., and their self-promotional social networking, their competitiveness, their curricula vitae. Neither do we have any trust in so-called ‘politically engaged art’, nor its twin, ‘anti-art’ (sometimes masquerading as ‘post-art’), which, despite the pseudo-theoretical objections of its hapless practitioners, has no less a symbiotic relationship with the political and economic élite as its more openly capitalist counter-part.
However, individually and collectively, we create things (and situations) that sometimes very closely resemble ‘art works’ to the point that they converge and might even be considered as such. Indeed, taking into account the risk of mistaken identities, and accusations of flagrant self-contradiction, we are nonetheless prepared to make use of art galleries and exhibitions whenever it suits our purposes of communicating surrealist evidence. We remain indifferent as to whether what we produce (more often than not by-products of a surrealist activity or investigation) is considered as ‘art’ or not; this is really of no concern to us – philosophically, aesthetically, morally, or otherwise – and we feel no requirement to provide any justification, explanation or contextualisation.
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP
Gareth Brown, Kenneth Cox, Jan Drabble, Bill Howe, Josie Malinowski, Sarah Metcalf, Peter Overton, Mike Peters, Martin Trippett
30th April 2013
20 March, 2013
In the build up to the invasion of Iraq, on the back of outrageous lies about weapons of mass destruction, we were promised shock and awe, to be followed by the liberation of a people. In the end, we got the London bombings, Wootton Bassett and the proliferation of jingoist militarism, and, above all else, the unimaginable numbers of Iraqi dead, wounded and displaced.
On the day that Iraq was invaded – Thursday, 20th March, 2003 – together with thousands of others, we walked out of our workplaces in protest and took to the streets of our city.
For a very brief moment we felt the certainty of our collective convictions, permitting us to step outside ourselves, discard our ordinary lives, and turn the world upside down. We marched to lose the feeling of powerlessness and out of a conviction that the only course of action left was dissent.
As the obfuscation from the corporate media is perpetuated in what laughably passes for analysis in their ‘ten years on’ retrospectives, we thought it timely to reprint a short text of ours from that time.
There is no satisfaction in being able to say, ‘We told you so.’ Read the rest of this entry »
27 February, 2013
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a Surrealist Editions table at this year’s International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March in The Parkinson Court, Leeds University.
For further information: www.leedsartbookfair.com
1 September, 2012
A selection of elusive and rarely-seen short films presented with introductory talks by Leeds Surrealist Group.
featuring L’Invention du monde and other short films by Michel Zimbacca from the forthcoming English DVD release by Choses Vues
at the Star & Shadow Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne at 7:30pm on Thursday, 18th October 2012
21 August, 2012
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a Surrealist Editions table at this year’s Manchester Artists’ Book Fair on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th October in The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art, Cavendish Street, All Saints, Manchester. M15 6BR.
For further information: www.hotbedpress.org
31 May, 2012
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a stall at the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday, 23rd June - with Surrealist Editions titles, plus Phosphor and Manticore available.
Further information on the bookfair can be found at Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
6 April, 2012
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a stall at the Ante Bookfair on Saturday, 5th May - with Surrealist Editions titles, plus Phosphor, Prehensile Tail and Manticore available.
Further information on the book fair and other Ante events can be found here.
20 February, 2012
LEEDS SURREALIST GROUP will have a Surrealist Editions table at this year’s International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March in The Parkinson Court, Leeds University.
For further information: www.leedsartbookfair.com
26 January, 2012
Several members of the Leeds Surrealist Group will be participating in the OTHER AIR exhibition organised by the Czech-Slovak Group of Surrealists, which opens on 9th February 2012.
From the OTHER AIR catalogue:
“Close your eyes and open the window.”
This retrospective exhibition, OTHER AIR (1990-2011), presented from the 10th February to the 4th April 2012 in The Old Town Hall in Prague, spontaneously observes a certain time pattern: since it was exactly twenty years ago that the exhibition THE THIRD ARK of the Surrealist Group in Czechoslovkia took place in Prague’s Mánes gallery which, at that time, mapped the whole previous twenty years of the group’s activities (1970-1991). The constituent turning point for collective presentation was represented by the exhibition, with international participation, SACRILEGE – THE MARVELOUS AGAINST THE SACRED, held at the Salm Palace in Prague in 1999. The present-day Group of Czech-Slovak Surrealists now has a modified and enlarged make-up of individuals. Due to the circumstances after 1989, the group was able to emerge from underground publication and open up their activities to the public sphere. They now collaborate with individuals from France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Romania, Greece, USA and other countries, whose creative work, also presented in this exhibition, confirms the international dimension of surrealist activities. So much for the fragment of history. Let us say, here and now that this other air is a desirable element, or even an element indispensable to man. This exhibition attempts to map the aerial currents and open, perhaps more and more effectively, these living, breathing air holes – windows that are always, again and again, being closed in vain.
FRANTIŠEK DRYJE – BRUNO SOLARIK - MARTIN STEJSKAL - JAN ŠVANKMAJER
Further information on the exhibition can be found in English here and in Czech here.