Proceedings of the Surrealist Group in Leeds
Black Lamplight was a quarterly internal journal recording the activities of the Leeds Surrealist Group, covering a period from the beginning of January 1995 to the end of May 1997. It was intended primarily as a record of our collective and individual researches, as a document to stimulate discussion within the group, and as an instrument to help us plot the course of our future activities. Each issue was representative of a continual process, and not in itself thematic or in any sense ‘edited’, the material being arranged chronologically for the three-month period that it covered. Moreover, it was felt to be a useful means of communicating our ideas and endeavours, giving a depth and organic development that might otherwise have been dissipated. Because of this, it was not intended for circulation outside of the surrealist movement; we felt this ‘occultation’ to be necessary for the development of our collective presence and not in any sense symptomatic of an élitism or separation from other, parallel creative currents. Thus, only between sixteen and twenty samizdat copies of each issue were produced.
BLACK LAMPLIGHT No 1
First Quarter – March 31st 1995
Sounding The Cataract – a game of interpreted drawing with a narrative commentary.
The Wheel of Revolution Revisited – a game of dérive through the streets of Leeds.
A Night at the Fair – a game of dérive and delirious interpretation at Leeds Valentine’s Fair using a map of the Staré Mesto area of Prague.
Drawing Upon Space – research into drawing made whilst blindfolded, collectively and individually, including some made whilst listening to “Muwakkals” by Johannes Bergmark.
Also, collective poems, texts and drawings, as well as individual images, photographs, poems, stories, dreams.